David A. Wagner

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David A. Wagner
Born1974 (1974)
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (PhD)
Occupation(s)Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Known forcryptanalysis, cipher design, electronic voting
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorEric Brewer

David A. Wagner (born 1974) is a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley and a well-known researcher in cryptography and computer security. He is a member of the Election Assistance Commission's Technical Guidelines Development Committee, tasked with assisting the EAC in drafting the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. He was also a member of the ACCURATE project.


Wagner received an A.B. in mathematics from Princeton University in 1995, an M.S. in computer science from Berkeley in 1999, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Berkeley in 2000. He joined the faculty of Berkeley after graduation, became a Full Professor in 2010, and was chair of the Computer Science Department from 2020 to 2022.[1] He has received awards for his teaching.[2]


Wagner has published two books and over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers.[3] His notable achievements include:

  • 2017 Development of the Carlini-Wagner attack on machine learning models (with Nicholas Carlini); used it to break 20 adversarial machine learning defenses.


  1. ^ "Our Leadership | EECS at UC Berkeley". web.archive.org. 2022-08-02. Retrieved 2024-02-29.
  2. ^ "Faculty Awards | Faculty Awards | EECS at UC Berkeley". www2.eecs.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2024-02-29.
  3. ^ "dblp: David A. Wagner 0001". dblp.org. Retrieved 2024-02-29.
  4. ^ Netscape SSL implementation cracked, news posting to hks.lists.cypherpunks on 18 Sep 1995

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