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Mor Weiss

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Contact

Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
262 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Mor Weiss, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Education

  • PhD in Computer Science, Technion
  • BSc in Computer Science, Technion
  • BSc in Mathematics, Technion

Biography

Mor Weiss is a post doctoral researcher at Northeastern University working with Professor Daniel Wichs. Weiss’s research is in Cryptography, focusing on secure computation, zero-knowledge, and efficient verification protocols. Weiss earned her PhD in Computer Science from the Technion, where she was advised by Professor Yuval Ishai. While she was there, she also interned over the summers for IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, the Computer Science department at UCLA, and IBM Research Labs in Haifa. Weiss earned both a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and in Computer Science from the Technion as well.

About Me

  • Hometown: Haifa, Israel
  • Field of Research: Algorithms & Theory

What are the specific areas of your graduate education?

I was extremely fortunate to have Prof. Yuval Ishai  as my PhD advisor.

During my PhD I was a summer intern at:

  • IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, working on protocols for secure multiparty computation over incomplete networks.
  • The Computer Science department at UCLA, working on program obfuscation.
  • IBM Research Labs in Haifa, working on practical aspects of (format-preserving) encryption schemes.

What aspect of cryptography is most interesting to you?

Cryptography deals with everyday problems, and allows us to model aspects of real-life in mathematical terms, phrasing the problems that we wish to solve as fun “riddles”. Cryptography allows us to “make lemonade out of lemons” – by leveraging the hardness of solving certain problems, in order to solve a different set of problems. In many cases, using cryptography we can achieve things that seem impossible, or “too good to be true”.