Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Graduate Fellows

Davide ProserpioDavide Proserpio is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Boston University and a collaborator with faculty at BU’s Questrom School of Business and Harvard Business School. His research seeks to empirically measure and quantify how digital technology influences industries and markets. Davide received his B.S. in telecommunication engineering from Politecnico di Milano, and his M.S. from Carlos III University (Madrid, Spain), and has interned at Telefonica Research and Microsoft Research.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Ronen AdatoRonen Adato is a Hariri Postdoctoral Fellow, funded as part of the Hariri Research Award Securing CMOS Integrated Circuits Using Nano-antenna-Based Optical Watermarks, granted to Ajay Joshi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Boston University. Ronen has been a postdoctoral fellow with Bennett Goldberg and Selim Ünlü, Optical Characterization and Nanophotonics lab in the Boston University Photonics Center . He currently leads work on new nanophotonic methods for integrated circuit testing and security. His research focuses on developing nanophonic and computational tools for sensing, microscopy and spectroscopy. He received his PhD in 2013 from Boston University and the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering for his thesis work on surface enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy. He received his B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Duke Universiy.


Foteini BaldimtsiFoteini Baldimtsi is a postdoctoral researcher in the BU Security group (RISCS) at Boston University. RISCS, the Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security, is part of the Hariri Institute for Computing. Foteini also has a research affiliation with the Crypto.Sec group at University of Athens. Her research interests are in cryptography, security and data privacy with a special focus in electronic cash and private authentication techniques. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University in May 2014 where she was supervised by Anna Lysyanskaya. During her time at Brown she spent a semester at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA working in the Cryptography group with Melissa Chase and a summer at IBM Research in Zurich working as a member of the Cryptography and Security group.


Yossi GiladYossi Gilad is a postdoctoral researcher in the BU Security group (RISCS) at Boston University.  Previously, as a research staff member at IBM, he worked at the cyber-security research group located at Ben-Gurion University. He is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Science Department in the Hebrew University where his host is Dr. Michael Schapira. He works on various aspects of communication networks and protocols, in particular focusing on their security. Gilad completed his Ph.D. at the CS department in Bar-Ilan University, where he was a part of the network security research group. He spent a few months at Google Cambridge MA, working on SPDY and prior to that worked at IBM Research Zurich laboratory on improving password based authentication. During his studies he spent one semester as a research scholar at Boston University, working with Prof. Ari Trachtenberg on design and implementation of a secure platform for mobile devices. Prior to all these travels Yossi was a software architect at Marvell’s Switching division.


Jason HennesseyJason Hennessey is a member at the Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI) at Boston University. Prior to joining the CCI, Jason worked in industry, including several years at Digital/Compaq/HP as a Unix kernel engineer and VMware working on cloud computing. As part of his PhD work, he studied the preservation and longevity of digital resources used in scholarly literature. At the CCI, and as part of the Mass Open Cloud efforts, he is focused on researching several aspects of implementing a large, multi-tenant, multi-provider cloud including scheduling, security, privacy, cost assessment models and the overall architecture.


Alessandra ScafuroAlessandra Scafuro is a postdoctoral researcher at Boston University and Northeastern University. Previously she held a post-doc position at UCLA hosted by Prof. Rafail Ostrovsky. She obtained her Ph.D. in April 2013 from University of Salerno, under the supervision of Prof. Ivan Visconti. Her research interests are in Cryptography, with focus on Secure Computation.


Please visit Past Fellows page for prior Postdoctoral Fellows