Shafi Goldwasser

Director, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

In the last 20 years, fundamental concepts developed by researchers in the theory of computing field have transformed technology and society. Examples include the emergence of secure e-commerce from the invention of public-key cryptography, the fundamental impact on the development of quantum computing as a result of a theoretical quantum algorithm for factoring integers, and the sudden prominence of cryptocurrencies. Director, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, leading the centre for collaborative research on the foundations of computing, bringing researchers from academia and industry together for collaborative explorations of questions about the nature and limits of computing and algorithms, and their implications for data science, cybersecurity, scientific discovery, and society. Recipient: ACM Turing Award (2012); Gödel Prize (1993 and 2001); ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award (1996); RSA award in mathematics (1998); ACM Athena award for women in computer science (2008); Benjamin Franklin Medal in computer and cognitive science (2010); IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award (2011); Barnard College Medal of Distinction (2016); Suffrage Science Award (2016). Member: AAAS, ACM, NAE, NAS, Israeli Academy of Science, London Mathematical Society, and Russian Academy of Science. BSc in Applied Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University; MSc and PhD in Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley.