Alejandro Hevia: Short Bio

Alejandro Hevia received his Bachelor and Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Chile in 1995 and 1998 respectively, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2006. Since then, he is at the School of Engineering of the University of Chile where he is now Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science.

His research interests include cryptography and computer security, in particular, cryptographic protocols for distributed systems (voting, anonymity, blockchain technologies, public randomness generation, and privacy-preserving systems in general), network monitoring, and public policy on privacy and cybersecurity. He has collaborated with important research labs, including IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, NTT Docomo USA, and INRIA Sophia-Antipolis. He has also served on several program committees for conferences in both cryptography and applied security, and co-organized the Second International Conference on Cryptology and Information Security in Latin America (Latincrypt 2012), among others. Prof. Hevia is a recipient of, among others, the Marcos Orrego Puelma Award (1999), the president's MIDEPLAN Scholarship (1999), the R.B. Wooley Jr. Fellowship from the Irwin & Joan Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD (2003-2004), and best teacher (2019-2020) at the U. de Chile. His work has recently appeared in Science Magazine.

Prof. Hevia is director of the Laboratorio de Criptografía Aplicada y Ciberseguridad (CLCERT) at the University of Chile, academic coordinator of Participa UChile y Random UChile. He collaborates with the NIC Chile Research Labs and Tribu (aiming to improve democracy), and is a member of the Instituto Chileno de Derecho y Tecnologías and the Alianza Chilena de Ciberseguridad.

He and his family live in Santiago, Chile.

Last update: October 2021