Hariri Institute Welcomes New Faculty Affiliates Iran Tromer (CS) and Tianyu Wang (ENG)

(From left) Hariri Institute Faculty Affiliates Eran Tromer, professor at BU’s computer science department and Questrom School of Business, and Tianyu Wang, assistant professor in the department of electrical and  computer engineering at the BU College of Engineering (ECE).

By Chloe Wojtanik, Hariri Institute for Computing 

Boston University’s Hariri Institute for Computing is pleased to welcome two new faculty affiliates: Eran Tromer, professor in the department of computer science at College of Arts and Sciences, and at Questrom School of Business, and Tianyu Wang, assistant professor in the department of electrical and  computer engineering at the College of Engineering (ECE). 

Dr. Tromer’s research focus is information security, cryptography and algorithms. He is particularly interested in what happens when cryptographic systems meet the real world, where computation is faulty and leaky. He studies ways to build robust distributed computer systems that ensure privacy and integrity, using cryptographic tools such as zero-knowledge proofs and homomorphic encryption. He also studies the resilience of computing platforms to data theft and tampering, such as side-channel attacks at the physical and software levels. He is a founding scientist of the Zcash privacy-preserving cryptocurrency, which implements his Zerocash protocol, and a founder of Sealance Corp. which builds blockchain-based privacy-preserving financial regulation technology.

Dr. Wang’s research aims to harness the computational power from optical physics for the purpose of developing more efficient sensors and processors. Prof. Wang’s lab works on both hardware and software development at three different levels: 1) Discover new forms of optical information processing advantages in conjunction with emerging computational models and photonic devices. 2) Develop hardware systems that showcase the practical benefits of optical processing in applications such as high-throughput biomedical assays, remote sensing, and high-speed feedback controls. 3) Apply artificial intelligence techniques for adaptive self-configuration of photonic computing, sensing, and imaging systems. 

The Hariri Faculty Affiliate Program is open to all BU faculty members pursuing research projects, or leading teaching or training initiatives in computing or computational sciences. Learn more about the program and how to apply here.