Marten van Dijk Recipient of IEEE CS Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achivement Award

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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 8 March 2023 – Marten van Dijk has been selected to receive the 2023 IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award and was cited “for contributions to oblivious and encrypted computation.” Other winners this year are Luca Benini, Kristen Grauman, and Minyi Guo.

Marten van Dijk (CWI, VU, UConn) said, “I am honored to be recognized for my work in oblivious and encrypted computation, see its impact, and how the results have been used by many colleagues in their research. Both for computation under encryption and for oblivious RAM we found simple constructions that can easily be explained, even to undergraduate students. I think this helped their accessibility.”

At CWI, the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands, Marten van Dijk has founded and heads the Computer Security research group. He is also an endowed professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in secure and intelligent computing and a research professor at the University of Connecticut. He has over 20 years of research experience in secure computation. He acquired this experience both in academia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Connecticut) and in industry (Philips Research and RSA Laboratories). Marten van Dijk is an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to secure processor design and encrypted calculations.

Earlier, Marten van Dijk received the A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation (2015) and the Most Frequently Cited Paper Award (2000-2009), Symposium on VLSI Circuits, for his collaboration that introduced silicon Physical Unclonable Functions.

Aegis, the first single-chip secure processor that encrypts and verifies the integrity of external memory and introduced the concept of secure containers, was selected for inclusion in ‘25 years of International Conference on Supercomputing’ in 2014 and got a Test of Time Award from Intel in 2022. This concept is in widespread use in Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs), such as the Intel SGX processor, which can be found nowadays in industry.

The RAM protocol ‘Path ORAM’ received a best paper award at CCS 2013 and was selected as a 2018 Top Pick in Hardware and Embedded Security. ‘Fully Homomorphic Encryption over the integers’ was nominated for best paper award at Eurocrypt 2010 and is his most cited paper (according to Google Scholar).

The Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award includes a certificate and $2,000 honorarium presented for outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology, usually within the past 10 and not more than 15 years.


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