N. Asokan

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N. Asokan
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Waterloo
Syracuse University
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
ThesisFairness in Electronic Commerce (1998)
Doctoral advisorJay Black
Michael Waidner
Academic work
DisciplineComputer Science
Sub-disciplineComputer Security
InstitutionsUniversity of Waterloo
Aalto University
University of Helsinki
Nokia Research Center

Nadarajah Asokan[1] is a professor of computer science and the David R. Cheriton Chair in Software Systems[2] at the University of Waterloo's David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University.[3]

Education and career[edit]

Asokan received a bachelor of technology (BTech) honours in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 1988, a Master of Science (MS) in computer and information science from Syracuse University in 1989, and a PhD in computer science from the University of Waterloo in 1998. His doctoral thesis was on the topic of Fairness in Electronic Commerce.[4]

From 1999 to 2012 he was employed at Nokia Research Center (NRC) in Helsinki, Finland, where he worked on several notable projects, including contributions to the design of the numeric comparison protocol[5] as part of the Bluetooth Secure Simple Pairing update,[6] as well as what would become the Generic Bootstrapping Architecture.[7][8]

From September 2012 until December 2017 he was a professor of computer science at the University of Helsinki (part-time from August 2013 onwards). In 2013 he became a tenured (full) professor of computer science at Aalto University, where he co-led the Secure Systems Group (SSG)[9] and established the Helsinki-Aalto Center for Information Security (HAIC), since renamed to the Helsinki-Aalto Institute for Cybersecurity.[10]

At Aalto University he led research projects funded by the Academy of Finland,[11] Business Finland,[12] and various companies. He was a principal investigator (PI) of the Intel Research Institute for Collaborative Resilient and Autonomous Systems (CARS).[13]

In 2019 he joined the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo as a (full) professor and a David R. Cheriton Chair in Software Systems.[14][15]

Asokan is the inventor of over 50 granted patents.[16]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Other contributions[edit]

Asokan was part of the team that translated the book Operaatio Elop[21] (Operation Elop) from Finnish into English.[22]


  1. ^ "This one name business". N. Asokan official website. 21 January 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ "David R. Cheriton Chairs in Software Systems". Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Secure Systems Group: People".
  4. ^ Asokan, N. (1998). "Fairness in Electronic Commerce" (PDF).
  5. ^ "System, method and computer program product for authenticating a data agreement between network entities". United States Patent and Trademark Office. August 24, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  6. ^ "Simple Pairing Whitepaper (PDF) V10r00. Bluetooth SIG. 3 August 2006" (PDF). August 3, 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2006. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  7. ^ Laitinen, P.; Ginzboorg, P.; Asokan, N.; Holtmanns, S.; Niemi, V. (2005). Extending cellular authentication as a service. 1st IEE International Conference on Commercialising Technology and Innovation. doi:10.1049/ic:20050605.
  8. ^ Holtmanns, S.; Niemi, V.; Ginzboorg, P.; Laitinen, P.; Asokan, N. (2008). Cellular Authentication for Mobile and Internet Services. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-72317-3.
  9. ^ "Secure Systems Group (Aalto University)".
  10. ^ "Helsinki-Aalto Center for Information Security (HAIC)".
  11. ^ "Blockchain Consensus and Beyond: Scalable Secure Consensus & Applications". Academy of Finland.
  12. ^ "CloSer Project Public Homepage".
  13. ^ "Principal Investigators". Intel Research Institute for Collaborative Autonomous & Resilient Systems (CARS).
  14. ^ "N. Asokan (David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science)". 27 February 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Professor N. Asokan joins Cheriton School of Computer Science as a Cheriton Chair in Software Systems". University of Waterloo | Cheriton School of Computer Science. April 9, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  16. ^ "N. Asokan". USPTO.
  17. ^ a b "N. Asokan". ACM Award Winners.
  18. ^ "ACM SIGSAC Awards".
  19. ^ "IEEE Fellows 2017".
  20. ^ "Google Faculty Research Award recipients 2013".
  21. ^ Salminen, Merina; Nykänen, Pekka (2014). Operaatio Elop [Operation Elop] (in Finnish). Teos. ISBN 978-951-851-590-9.
  22. ^ "Operation Elop". Medium.com. 18 September 2019.

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