Marten van Dijk

Marten van Dijk

Charles H. Knapp Associate Professor
Office: ITE 431
Phone: (860) 486-2689
Secure Computation Lab




Research Interests:

I am a system security researcher, who investigates and develops new techniques targeting the solution of foundational security problems. In recent years, I have focused on making cloud computing (which includes outsourcing data and workloads to external servers / data center) safe for its users.  Towards this aim, I use my strong background in theory (cryptography, algorithms, statistics) with my understanding of computer system architecture to design and build deployable systems that are trustworthy from the user’s perspective. My general interests are in computer architecture, computer system design, data center infrastructure, cryptology, algorithms and other related fields such as information theory, game theory and machine learning.



Marten has 15+  years research experience in system security both in academia and industry:  He is now the Charles H. Knapp Associate Professor in the ECE Department at UConn.  He worked for two and a half years at RSA Laboratories in cybersecurity.  Prior to RSA he was a research scientist at MIT CSAIL working together with Prof. Srini Devadas with an emphasis on processor architectures that offer strong security guarantees; most notably, this collaboration led to the introduction of the first circuit realizations of Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs) which received the A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation in 2015 (and the ACSAC’02 outstanding student paper award), led to the design of Aegis, the first single-chip secure processor that verifies integrity and freshness of external memory which was selected for inclusion in  ”25 years of International Conference on Supercomputing” in 2014, and led to a simple and efficient Oblivious RAM which received a best student paper award at CCS 2013.  The IRIS authenticated file system with proofs of retrievability received the NYU-Poly AT&T Best Applied Security Paper Award, 3rd place, 2012.  His work on fully homomorphic encryption over the integers was nominated (1 out of 3) for best paper award at Eurocrypt 2010.  Prior to working in system security he was a research scientist at the digital signal processing group at Philips Research where he became the lead inventor of the error correcting codes used in Blu-ray disc.  He received a Ph.D. in mathematics, a M.S. in mathematics, and a M.S. in computer science from Eindhoven University of Technology.  More details can be found at: