Ewa Syta

Computer Science Department
Trinity College

About me

I am an Associate Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Trinity College. During AY23-24, I am on a sabbatical leave. Previously, I was a Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist in the Computer Science Department at Yale University.

My research interests lie in computer security and distributed systems. I am particularly interested in the security and privacy issues users face as a result of engaging in online activities as well as building a stronger foundation for systems and networks. I have worked on effective identity management methods, stronger anonymous communication technologies, practical privacy-preserving authentication protocols, scalable public randomness protocols, and ways to keep Internet authorities honest and accountable. Most recently, I have been focusing on blockchain technologies, asynchronous coordination as well as provable security for real-world protocols. My current work is funded by the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Medium Collaborative Award: "Applied Cryptographic Protocols with Provably Secure Foundation".

During my PhD at Yale University, I worked in the Dedis Lab. Among other projects, I worked on Dissent, an accountable anonymous group communication protocol. I was co-advised by Professor Bryan Ford and Professor Michael Fischer. You can find my dissertation titled "Identity Management through Privacy-Preserving Authentication" here (PDF).

My free time is filled by my inquisitive second grader. Most recently, we've been focusing on planning our next travel adventures and hunting for unique desserts.

Please feel free to contact me regarding any of my projects, potential collaborations, or just to chat about blockchains, security or privacy.

The best way to contact me is via email at first.last(at)trincoll.edu.