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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 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.

As of Fall 2015, I will be joining Purdue university, West Lafayette in USA as an assistant professor. So, if you are a prospective PhD student interested in working with me, please apply to Purdue CS PhD program.

Research Interests

I am an applied cryptographer and a privacy researcher. My primary research interests lie at the intersection of cryptography, and systems security research.

  • Privacy Enhancing Technologies
    • Anonymous Communication Networks (Tor): [ACNS '15 '14] [CCS '14] [CSF '13 '12] [WPES '12] [TISSec '10] [FC '10] [PETS '07]
    • Privacy in the Emerging Communication Scenarios: [Oakland '12] [IJIS '11] [SecureComm '07]
    • Privacy Issues in Cryptocurrencies and Credit Networks: [NDSS '15] [ESORICS '14]
    • Differential Privacy: [ACNS '15] [ACSAC '14] [CSF '13]

  • Cryptographic (Multi-party) Systems and Trust
    • Multi-party Cryptography: [ACSAC '14] [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

For a complete list and techreports: follow
  • Privacy Preserving Payments in Credit Networks
    Pedro Moreno-Sanchez, Aniket Kate, Matteo Maffei, and Kim Pecina
    Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2015), February 2015.

  • Privacy-preserving Data Aggregation with Optimal Utility
    Fabienne Eigner, Aniket Kate, Matteo Maffei, Francesca Pampaloni, and Ivan Pryvalov
    30th 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
    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
    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.


  • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Pedro Moreno-Sanchez
    • Tim Ruffing
  • Master Thesis Student
    • Simon Heinzel
    • Uzair Mahmood
    • Tobias Theobald
  • Alumni
    • Constantin Berhard (Research Immersion Lab)
    • Satrajit Ghosh (Research Immersion Lab)
    • Niklas Grimm (Bachelor Thesis)
    • Pedro Moreno-Sanchez (Research Immersion Lab)
    • Ivan Pryvalov (Master Thesis)
    • Tim Ruffing (Research Immersion Lab)
    • Muhammad Bilal Zafar (Research Immersion Lab)


  • Program Committee
    Eurocrypt 2016
    ACM CCSW 2015
    ACM WPES 2015
    IEEE CloudCom 2015
    FCS 2015
    ICDCS 2015 (Security and Privacy track)
    ProvSec 2014-15
    HotPETS 2014
    WWW 2013 (Security, Privacy, Trust, and Abuse track)
    ACM WPES 2012
  • External Reviewer
    Conferences [CCS 2015, 2011], [Crypto 2015, 2011], [Asiacrypt 2015-13], [PETS 2015, 2013], [IEEE SSP (Oakland) 2014-12], [ESORICS 2014], [ACNS 2014], [PODC 2013], [Eurocrypt 2013, 2011], [UbiComp 2011], [TCC 2011].
    Journals ACM TISSec, Computer Security, Acta Informatica, IEEE TDSC, Designs, Codes and Cryptography (DCC), IEEE TIFS, Distributed Computing, IEEE TPDS, IEEE Transactions on Computers, Information Processing Letters (IPL).
  • Grant Program Committee Member for the Bitcoin Foundation, 2014.
  • NWG-Representative at the MMCI Clusterboard, Saarland University, 2013-15.
  • Overall Coordinator at SecNet 2006, Annual Network Security Workshop, IIT-Bombay, India, 2006.



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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