Phillip Rogaway
Kemper #3009 · One Shields Ave
University of California
Davis CA 95616 USA

I’m a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. I have also been a visiting professor at a bunch of places, including many years at Chiang Mai University (TH) and extended stays at Chulalongkorn University (TH), ENS Paris (FR), ETH Zürich (CH), and the Isaac Newton Institute (UK).

Most of my research has been on cryptography, the mathematical treatment of secure communication. I did my undergrad at UC Berkeley and my Ph.D. at MIT, in the Theory of Computation group, where I studied under Silvio Micali. After graduating I worked at IBM as a security architect (1991), then came to UCD (1994), where I’ve spent the majority of my time since. My research has focused on obtaining provably good solutions to protocol problems of utility to people’s privacy and security. I’ve been lucky enough to get some nice recognition for this work, including the Levchin prize (2016), PET Award (2015), IACR Fellow (2012), ACM Paris Kanellakis Award (2009), and the RSA Award in Mathematics (2003).

In recent years I have grown increasingly skeptical of the claimed benefits of CS, which routinely seem dwarfed by the harms we help cause. Correspondingly, I have shifted much of my attention to social and ethical issues connected to technology, especially the climate crisis and the problem of mass surveillance. I shifted much of my university teaching to ethics (course ECS 188). I support social justice and environmental movements like BLM and XR. I will probably retire from UCD in 2023. My views are by now rather heretical for CS, which can be uncomfortable on both sides.

Some of my work responsive to the Snowden revelations:

Personal information: my wife is Bongkotrattana Lailert. She goes by Kot. My son, Banlu Rogaway, age 12, is a serious rock climber. These days I spend much of my time taking him climbing. I have lived in many countries around the world. I am most at home in Thailand and the USA. For the last two or three years, as my mother’s health declined, I split my time between Davis, California and Portland, Oregon. My sister also lives in Portland, where she helps students navigate college admissions.

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