Stefano Tessaro

Associate Professor
Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington


I work on cryptography, computer security, and theoretical computer science. A common theme of my research are theoretical problems motivated by practical applications of cryptography. I am also broadly interested in the design of privacy-preserving systems and cryptographic protocols, and in the foundations of cryptography.

I lead the cryptography group at UW, together with Huijia (Rachel) Lin. I am also a member of the theory group.

My work is partially supported by an NSF CAREER award, NSF grants CNS 1719146 and IIS 1528041, and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.

My publications are available. See also my DBLP entry. You can also check out my (often outdated) CV.


Short bio: I joined UW in Winter 2019, after five lovely years as an assistant professor at UC Santa Barbara. Even earlier, I was a research scientist at MIT CSAIL and a postdoctoral scholar at UC San Diego. I completed my PhD in 2010 at ETH Zurich.


Recent news
  • I am chairing the 2nd edition of the Conference on Information Theoretic Cryptography (ITC '21) - submit your best papers! The call for papers is here!
  • A recent lecture on the state of exposure notification/digital contact tracing.

Current teaching:

CSE 644 (Allen Center)
Box 352350
Seattle, WA 98195-2350

tessaro@cs.washington.edu
(206) 543-0373