The Cyber Research Center, at the MTA School of Computer Science, conducts cutting edge research in cryptography, in order to find technological solutions to applied problems of commercial assets protection, or safety and security issues.
The center's research agenda focuses on solutions to preserving data privacy while maintaining functionality and authenticity on outsource storage and computation (e.g. "clouds") — an area of fast growing interest, with clear applicability gaps.
The center offers novel theoretical developments, by exploring computing on encrypted data by using Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE).
In addition, by investing in program engineering, software programming and code writing, the center brings its theoretical developments to the doorstep of 'end-users'
The center is directed by Dr. Akavia, a senior lecturer at the MTA School of Computer Science and a member of the Foundation & Application of Cryptography Theory (FACT) research center hosted by the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya Israel. Dr. Akavia is one of the top cryptographic minds in Israel today, and her studies have made several novel contributions, establishing her has as an outstanding global scholar in the field. She earned her PhD at MIT (2007) under prof. Shafi Goldwasser, and was later a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at Princeton NJ, DIMACS at Rutgers University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel. Her research interests lie in cryptography, complexity, and algorithms, and her work has met with great interest, and has already spurred a volume of follow-up work, featured at surveys, tutorials and books, and taught at top institutions.