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Silvio Micali

Silvio Micali

Italian-American computer scientist, professor, cryptographer and founder of Algorand.

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Silvio Micali worked with Shafi Goldwasser during graduate school with the paper Probabilistic Encryption. In this paper they define probabilistic encryption, semantic security, and also computational indistinguishability, the notion that objects which look the same to efficient algorithms are the same. This helped make cryptography a precise science. The mathematical structures they created, including formal notions of privacy, adversaries, pseudorandomness, interactive proofs, zero-knowledge proof, and numerous other basic notions that are often extremely subtle to formulate, set cryptography on rigorous foundations of the highest standards, and opened up whole new areas of research within computer science.

This helped make cryptography a precise science. The mathematical structures they created, including formal notions of privacy, adversaries, pseudorandomness, interactive proofs, zero-knowledge proof, and numerous other basic notions that are often extremely subtle to formulate, set cryptography on rigorous foundations of the highest standards, and opened up whole new areas of research within computer science.

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Micali was born on October 13, 1954 in Palermo, ItalyItaly. He earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the Sapienza University of Rome in 1978. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982 under the supervision of Manuel Blum.

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