Ewa Syta

Computer Science Department
Trinity College

About me

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Trinity College. Previously, I was a Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist in the Computer Science Department at Yale University.

I am on a sabbatical leave of absence for the 2019/2020 academic year. I am hosted by Prof. Amir Herzberg at University of Connecticut.

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 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. Consequently, I have been working on developing stronger anonymous communication technologies, privacy-preserving biometric authentication schemes and anonymous, deniable authentication methods. I have been working on generating "good" and verifiable randomness in a distributed setting, a critical component of many security systems. I have been focusing on building strongest-link collective authorities ("cothorities"), which among other things, can be used as a foundation for trustworthy certificate authorities. Most recently, I am focusing on blockchain technologies.

My free time is filled by my inquisitive preschooler. Most recently, we read lots of books, enjoy carousel rides, and learn about cars, pandas and horses. Did you know that a panda bat is a real animal?

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.