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Current Research Grants

Hardware-Aware Cryptographic Design

PI: Gueron S., Lindell Y., Pinkas B.

Cryptographic operations are heavy and computationally intensive. This is especially true of secure multiparty computation, where efficiency is a real bottleneck to adoption. Many optimizations have been made on cryptographic computations, in general, and for secure computation, in particular. These optimizations are typically algorithmic (better protocols with less operations) or utilize better software implementations. However, improvements of orders of magnitude can be made by utilizing features in modern hardware.

In this research project, we study how to further utilize hardware in cryptography and cryptographic protocols. In addition, we study how “trusted computing environments”, like the new Intel SGX trusted computing architecture, can be utilized. The overall budget of the project is approximately 1,160,000  NIS.

Efficient Two-Party and Multiparty Computation: Constructions and Implementations

PI: Lindell Y.

This is a joint project with Nigel Smart at the University of Bristol. The aim of the project is to develop appropriate security models, proof methodologies, analysis, and implementations for efficient two-party and multiparty computation.

A key aspect of the project is to compare, contrast and build upon the differing expertise in the University of  Bristol and Bar-Ilan University by combining and comparing the state-of-the-art in both secret sharing and Yao based protocols. The project is a joint Israel-UK research project by the Israel Ministry of Science. The project began in January 2015 and will run for 3 years. Our portion of the budget is approximately 1,275,000 NIS.

HIPS

PI: Lindell Y.

HIPS is a project funded by an ERC (European Research Council) consolidators grant, awarded to Prof. Lindell.

The focus of the project is the development of highly efficient protocols for secure computation. Research in the project will combine knowledge in cryptography and algorithms, as well as systems considerations regarding implementations. The project began in October 2014 and will run until September 2019. HIPS is an acronym of "High-Performance Secure Computation with Privacy and Cloud Security". The grant award was approximately 2,000,000 Euros.

PRACTICE

PI: Lindell Y., Pinkas B.

The traditional computing paradigm is experiencing a fundamental shift: organizations no longer completely control their own data, but instead hand it to external untrusted parties – cloud service providers, for processing and storage.

There currently exist no satisfactory approaches to protect data during computation from cloud providers and from other users of the cloud. PRACTICE is a consortium research project that will aim to provide privacy and confidentiality for computations in the cloud. PRACTICE will create a secure cloud framework that allows the realization of advanced and practical cryptographic technologies providing sophisticated security and privacy guarantees for all parties in cloud-computing scenarios. The project began in November 2013 and will run for 3 years. The overall budget of the project is approximately 7,500,000 Euros, and our portion of the budget is approximately 700,000 Euros.

Past Research Grants

DCM

PI: Lindell Y.

DCM is a proof-of-concept project funded by the ERC (European Research Council), awarded to Prof. Lindell.

The focus of the project is to investigate the commercial viability of results of Lindell’s ERC starting grant LAST, and will run for approximately 18 months starting November 2014. The grant award was approximately 150,000 Euros.

FUNDAMENTALS

PI: Lindell Y.

This project, titled “Revisiting Fundamentals of Secure Computation” is funded by the ISF (Israel Science Foundation) (ISF), and runs from 2011 to 2015.

The focus of the project is taking a fresh look at fundamental theoretical questions related to secure computation. Questions like fairness in the case of no honest majority, completeness of protocols, etc., are included in this project. The grant award was 748,800 NIS.

LAST

PI: Lindell Y.

LAST is a project funded by an ERC (European Research Council) starting grant, awarded to Prof. Lindell.

The focus of the project is the development of cryptographic infrastructure for online privacy. This included secure computation protocols, protocols for anonymity, and more. The project began in 2009 and will run until 2014. LAST is an acronym of "Large Scale Privacy-Preserving Technology in the Digital World: Infrastructure and Applications". The grant award was approximately 1,900,000 Euros.

SFEROT

PI: Pinkas B.

SFEROT is a project funded by an ERC (European Research Council) starting grant, awarded to Prof. Pinkas.

The focus of the project is the development of efficient two-party and multiparty protocols. The project began in 2008 and will run until 2013. SFEROT is an acronym of "Secure Function Evaluation from Theory to Tools".

SECURE COMPUTATION – THEORY AND PRACTICE

PI: Lindell Y.

This project, titled “Secure Computation – Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice” was funded by the ISF (Israel Science Foundation) (ISF), and ran from 2007 to 2011.

The focus of the project was to bridge theory and practice in secure computation. The project considered relaxed definitions for secure computation that would be amenable to more efficient protocols, new protocol constructions, and more. The grant award was 548,000 NIS.

SECURE COMPUTATION

PI: Lindell Y.

This project, titled “Feasibility and Efficiency of Secure Computation” was funded by the BSF (United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation).

The project ran from 2005 to 2009 and the project's co-PI was Prof. Jonathan Katz from the University of Maryland. The portion awarded to Yehuda Lindell was $60,000.

PRIVACY – PRESERVING DATA MINING

PI: Lindell Y.

This project was funded by the Israel Ministry of Science and Technology within the framework of “Infrastructure Grants”.

The project ran from 2005 to 2008 and involved teams from data mining, algorithms, privacy law and cryptography. The overall budget was 1,911,484 NIS, and the portion awarded to Yehuda Lindell was 254,700 NIS.