IDC Herzliya congratulates Dr. Elette Boyle, senior lecturer and researcher at the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science, for winning a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. The grant targets early-career researchers with potential for excellent frontier research, and provides research funding of up to €1.5 million over five years.
Dr. Boyle was one of 22 selected researchers in 2019 in the area of Computer Science and Informatics from applicants across twenty-four participating European countries. Of the 22 winners, 4 were female.
Dr. Boyle’s research seeks new advancements in the foundations of cryptographically secure computation for safely maintaining and processing sensitive data. Recent years have seen been great interest from government and industry in developing secure computation techniques for applications such as auctions, computations on sensitive financial data, distributing cryptographic keys, secure exchange of digital currencies, and broad settings for protecting data privacy of individuals and enterprises. However, while the past decades have seen tremendous progress in secure computation protocol design, the current overheads incurred are still a significant distance from enabling widespread usage.
Techniques recently developed by Dr. Boyle demonstrate potential for a novel paradigm toward efficient secure computation design, via a new tool of Homomorphic Secret Sharing. Investigating and developing the capabilities of this new approach will be the topic of her 5-year research program.
Dr. Elette Boyle received her PhD from MIT, and served as a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University and at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.