Alejandro Hevia

Picture of Alejandro Hevia I am associate professor at the Dept. of Computer Science at the Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas y Matematicas of the Universidad de Chile. I received my Ph.D. from the Dept. of Computer Science of the U. of California, San Diego (UCSD), my Engineering in Computer Science degree and a B.Sc. from the Dept. of Computer Science at the Universidad de Chile.

My main interests are in the following areas:

  • Applied cryptography: in particular, cryptographic protocols for distributed systems, such as evoting, anonymity systems, blockchain technologies, privacy-preserving protocols, and secure multiparty protocols in general. In general, I am interested in notions, tools, systems that preserve privacy in the digital world.
  • Computer and Network Security (a.k.a. cybersecurity), vulnerability and threat detection via darknets and active network scanning, and malware analysis and prevention.
  • Public policies on privacy and computer security.
I currently serve as Director of the Department of Computer Science (DCC), Director of the Applied Cryptography and Cybersecurity Laboratory (CLCERT). I am also the head of the Random UChile and of the Participa UChile project. I also collaborate with NIC Chile Research Labs, and participate in the Instituto Chileno de Derecho y Tecnologías, as well as the Alianza Chilena en Ciberseguridad.

Contact Information:

Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación
Fac. de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas
Universidad de Chile
Beauchef 851, Edificio Norte, Tercer Piso
Santiago - Chile, 837-0459

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  • Part of my work is supported by two grants from NIST/ITL 2016-NIST-MSE-01 Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs, NIST Information Technology Laboratory, Dept. of Commerce, USA, 2016-2018 and 2018-2020. The Random UChile project (formely known as CLCERT Random beacon) is possible because of that funding.
  • Part of my work is supported by the project "Enabling Resilient urban Transportation Systems in Smart Cites (RETRACT)" headed by Sandra Céspedes and where Cesar Azurdia, Claudio Estévez (from DIE), and me will participate, via an ERANET-LAC grant (Nov. 2016).
  • Previously, by a grant from Conicyt via REDES 140219, "CEV: Challenges in Practical Electronic Voting" (via INRIA Chile) 2015-2016.
  • Previously, I was supported in part by Conicyt via Fondecyt No. 107033, and INRIA Chile.
Steering Committees:
  • Latincrypt: International Conference on Cryptology and Information Security in Latin America.
  • Proyecto Amparo.
Some conferences and events I am or have been involved with:

Public Policy, Privacy and Computer Security

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Current Students: Former Students:
  • Ph.D.:
  • M.Sc,
  • M.T.I. students:
    • Jasmin Zurita (2018, security credential management)
  • CS Undergrad,
    • Valentina Ramos, Fernanda Macías Jorge Pinto, Clemente Paredes
    • Alonso Reyes (2022)
    • Franco Pino (2020, votación electrónica)
    • Sergio Leiva (2020, honeynet framework)
    • Felipe Troncoso (2015, malware analysis)
    • Camilo Gomez (2015, evoting)
    • Eduardo Frias (2013, cryptanalysis)
    • Jorge Bahamondes (2013, mixnets)
    • Mario Jara (2013, cryptographic obfuscation)
    • Nicolás Malbran (2012, mobile malware)
    • Rodrigo Porras (2011, practical evoting)
    • Alonso Gonzalez (2011, multiparty computation)
    • Francisca Moreno (2010, secure mobile p2p devices)
    • Patricio Seguel, (2010, librería de canales anónimos)
    • Fernando Krell (2009, distributed backup) Now at Dreamlabs Chile.
    • Sergio Miranda, (2008,evoting)
    • Pamela Cordero, (2008,evoting)
    • Francisco Echeverría (2008, flow-based distributed monitor).


Current Assignments

Some Past Assignments

  • Administration: Member of the CS Dept.'s advisory board.
  • Administration: Outreach/Communications coordinator for the CS Dept. (2007-2009).
  • Served as Chilean representative for the IFIP TC11 Group (2007-2009).
  • CLEI representative to the IFIP TC11 Group.


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