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abhi shelat

abhi shelat

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Phone: (434) 243-2145
Fax: (434) 982-2214
Email: shelat@cs.virginia.edu
Home Page: abhi shelat

Department of Computer Science
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia
151 Engineer‘s Way, P.O. Box 400740
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4740

"We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?"

Areas Of Interest

Cryptography, security, and game theory.

Biographical Sketch

abhi shelat completed his A.B. at Harvard, worked for two years, and then earned a Ph.D. at MIT in 2005 under Professor Silvio Micali. He then worked at the IBM Zurich Research Lab as a Research Staff Member until 2007 when he joined the UVa Department of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor. He was awarded the NSF CAREER award in 2009, the FEST award in 2010, and the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship in 2010.


shelat's research focuses on the modern study of cryptography. He investigates techniques for facilitating interactions between distrustful entities (e.g., automated tellers, wireless networks, internet banking, satellite radio/TV, etc). He emphasizes rigorous methods in combination with precise yet practical definitions and assumptions. Recent works considers topics such as exploiting imperfect reference strings, efficient access to untrusted shared memory, adaptive oblivious transfer, obfuscation, non-interactive and fair zero-knowledge proofs, collusion-free protocols, digital fingerprinting, and data compression.

Selected Publications

See my research page.