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Aniket Kate

Head, Cryptographic Systems Research Group
Cluster of Excellence, Saarland University
Saarbruecken, Germany

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Brief Bio

I am a junior faculty member and an independent research group leader (equivalent to a visiting assistant professor) at Saarland University in Germany, where I am heading the Cryptographic Systems Research Group within the Cluster of Excellence. Before joining Saarland University in 2012, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS), Germany (Host: Michael Backes). I received my PhD from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2010 (Advisor: Ian Goldberg), and my masters from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Bombay, India in 2006.

My research focuses on developing (provably secure) cryptographic systems for privacy and distributed trust.

Research Interests

  • Privacy Enhancing Technologies
    • Anonymous Communication Networks (Tor): [CCS '14] [ACNS '14] [CSF '13 '12] [WPES '12] [TISSec '10] [FC '10] [PETS '07]
    • Privacy in the Emerging Communication Scenarios: [ACSAC '14'][Oakland '12] [ASIACCS '12] [IJIS '11] [SecureComm '07]
    • Censorship Resistance: [HotPETS '13]
    • Privacy Issues in Cryptocurrencies and Credit Networks: [ESORICS '14]

  • Cryptographic (Multi-party) Systems and Trust
    • Multi-party Cryptography: [PODC '14 '12] [CT-RSA '13] [ASIACRYPT '11 '10] [SCN '10] [ICDCS '09]
    • Trusted Hardware: [PODC '12]
    • Robust P2P Systems: [ToN '13] [ASIACCS '12] [ICDCS '10]
For more about my research (inclination)...

Selected Publications

  • Privacy-preserving Data Aggregation with Optimal Utility
    Fabienne Eigner, Aniket Kate, Matteo Maffei, Francesca Pampaloni, and Ivan Pryvalov
    To appear at Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC 2014), December 2014.

  • (Nothing else) MATor(s): Monitoring the Anonymity of Tor's Path Selection
    Michael Backes, Aniket Kate, Sebastian Meiser, and Esfandiar Mohammadi
    To appear at 21st ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2014), November 2014.

  • CoinShuffle: Practical Decrentralized Coin Mixing for Bitcoin
    Tim Ruffing, Pedro Moreno-Sanchez, and Aniket Kate
    To appear at 19th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2014), September 2014.

  • Asynchronous MPC with a Strict Honest Majority Using Non-equivocation
    Michael Backes, Fabian Bendun, Ashish Choudhury, and Aniket Kate
    33rd ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC 2014), July 2014.

  • AnoA: A Framework For Analyzing Anonymous Communication Protocols
    Michael Backes, Aniket Kate, Praveen Manoharan, Sebastian Meiser, and Esfandiar Mohammadi
    26th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF '13), June 2013.

  • Towards Practical Communication in Byzantine-Resistant DHTs
    Maxwell Young, Aniket Kate, Ian Goldberg, and Martin Karsten
    IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (ToN), Vol. 21 Iss. (1), February 2013

  • On the (Limited) Power of Non-Equivocation
    Allen Clement, Flavio Junqueira, Aniket Kate, and Rodrigo Rodrigues.
    31st ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC '12), July 2012.

  • Provably Secure and Practical Onion Routing
    Michael Backes, Ian Goldberg, Aniket Kate, and Esfandiar Mohammadi
    25th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF '12), June 2012.

  • ObliviAd: Provably Secure and Practical Online Behavioral Advertising
    Michael Backes, Aniket Kate, Matteo Maffei, and Kim Pecina
    33rd IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (Oakland '12), May 2012.

  • Computational Verifiable Secret Sharing Revisited
    Michael Backes, Aniket Kate, and Arpita Patra
    17th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Cryptology (ASIACRYPT '11), December 2011.

  • Pairing-Based Onion Routing with Improved Forward Secrecy
    Aniket Kate, Gregory M. Zaverucha, and Ian Goldberg
    ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSec) Vol. 13 Iss. 4 (29), December 2010.

  • Constant-Size Commitments to Polynomials and Their Applications
    Aniket Kate, Gregory M. Zaverucha, and Ian Goldberg
    16th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Cryptology (ASIACRYPT 2010), December 2010

  • Practical Robust Communication in DHTs Tolerating a Byzantine Adversary
    Maxwell Young, Aniket Kate, Ian Goldberg and Martin Karsten
    30th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2010), June 2010.

  • Distributed Key Generation for the Internet
    Aniket Kate and Ian Goldberg
    29th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2009), June 2009.

  • Pairing-Based Onion Routing
    Aniket Kate, Gregory M. Zaverucha, and Ian Goldberg
    7th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PET 2007), June 2007.

For a complete list and techreport versions: follow


  • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Pedro Moreno-Sanchez
    • Tim Ruffing
  • Master Thesis Student
    • Ivan Pryvalov
  • Research Immersion Lab
    • Niklas Grimm
    • Satrajit Ghosh
    • Muhammad Bilal Zafar
  • Alumni
    • Constantin Berhard (Research Immersion Lab)
    • Pedro Moreno-Sanchez (Research Immersion Lab)
    • Tim Ruffing (Research Immersion Lab)
    • Niklas Grimm (Bachelor Thesis) (co-supervised with Michael Backes)

    I look forward to recruit bachelor, master as well as PhD students, and welcome visits from researchers. For more information, follow.


  • Program Committee
    ProvSec 2014
    HotPETS 2014
    WWW 2013 (Security, Privacy, Trust, and Abuse track)
    SPACE 2013-14
    ACM WPES 2012
  • External Reviewer
    Conferences [IEEE SSP (Oakland) 2014-12], [Asiacrypt 2014-13], [ESORICS 2014], [ACNS 2014], [PODC 2013], [PETS 2013], [Eurocrypt 2013, 2011], [CCS 2011], [Crypto 2011], [UbiComp 2011], [TCC 2011].
    Journals ACM TISSec, Computer Security, IEEE TDSC, Designs, Codes and Cryptography (DCC), IEEE TIFS, Distributed Computing, IEEE TPDS, IEEE Transactions on Computers, Information Processing Letters (IPL).
  • NWG-Representative at the MMCI Clusterboard, Saarland University, 2013-15.
  • Overall Coordinator at SecNet 2006, Annual Network Security Workshop, IIT-Bombay, India.



Contact Information

Campus E1.7, Room 2.16
Saarland University
66123 Saarbruecken

Phone: +49-681-302-71939 (Email is preferred in general.)
Fax: +49-681-302-70155 (Shared machine. Please add the recipient name.)
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