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Chris Peikert

Head of Cryptography

Chris Peikert, Fellow and Head of Cryptography at Algorand, is a world leader in lattice-based and post-quantum cryptography. He has devised many widely used cryptosystems, efficient algorithms, and security proofs for post-quantum digital signatures, identity-based encryption, pseudorandom functions, zero-knowledge proofs, learning with errors, fully homomorphic encryption, and more. His research has heavily influenced several proposals that have advanced through several rounds of NIST’s ongoing post-quantum cryptography standardization process.


Peikert is also the Patrick C. Fischer Development Professor in the University of Michigan’s Computer Science and Engineering division. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2006 under the supervision of Silvio Micali and has previously held research and faculty positions at SRI International and Georgia Tech.


His recognitions include a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Bergmann Memorial Award, Best/Distinguished Paper Awards at STOC, Crypto, and Eurocrypt (among others), and the Test of Time Award from the Theory of Cryptography Conference.

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