Tal Rabin

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Tal Rabin
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Tal Rabin
Born1962 (age 59–60)
Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Alma materHebrew University of Jerusalem
AwardsAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences (2016)
Woman of Vision (2014)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsUniversity of Pennsylvania, Thomas J. Watson Research Center
ThesisFault Tolerant and Secure Computations in Distributed Systems[1] (1995)
Doctoral advisorMichael Ben Or

Tal Rabin (Hebrew: טל רבין, born 1962) is a computer scientist and Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She was previously the head of Research at the Algorand Foundation and the head of the cryptography research group at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center.


Tal Rabin was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Jerusalem, Israel. As a child, she enjoyed solving riddles and playing strategic games.[2] Her father, Michael Rabin, is a celebrated computer scientist who is responsible for many breakthroughs in the fields of computability and cryptography. She and her father have co-authored a paper together.[3] She is the mother of two daughters.


In 1986, she received her BSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She continued her studies for her MSc (1988) and PhD (1994) degrees in the Hebrew University under the supervision of prof. Michael Ben Or. Between the years 1994–1996 she was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT. She later joined the cryptography group at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and became head of the group in 1997.[4] In 2020, she joined the University of Pennsylvania as a professor of Computer and Information Science.[5]

Rabin's research focuses on cryptography and network security, specifically the design of efficient and secure encryption algorithms. In addition, she studies secure distributed protocols and the theoretical foundations of cryptography, as well as number theory and the theory of algorithms and distributed systems. She has co-authored over 100 papers. She has also registered five patents in the US.[6] Her research focuses on making communications over the internet more secure. Her most cited works in this field focus on the design of digital signature schemes, which are widely used, among other applications, in protocols for secure web communication. Another focus is on a different scheme of encrypted communications called secret sharing. A sizable part of her work on these subjects is done in collaboration with Rosario Gennaro and Hugo Krawczyk.[7]

Rabin has been on the committees of many leading cryptography conferences, including TCC, Crypto, PKC and Eurocrypt.[8] She was a council member of the Computing Community Consortium (2013–2016),[9] a member of the executive committee of SIGACT (2012–2015),[10] and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cryptology.[11] Rabin is a founder and organizer of the Women in Theory Workshop, a biennial event for graduate students in theoretical computer science.[12] She is also involved in activities to make the field of encryption more accessible to the general public. In 2011 she took part in the World Science Festival, a popular science event held in New York City.[13] In 2014, she took part in a similar event, the WNYC Science Fair.[14]


2019: The RSA Award for Excellence in Mathematics.[15]

2018: One of America's Top 50 Women In Tech by Forbes.[16]

2017: ACM Fellow[17]

2016: Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).[18]

2015: IACR Fellow (International Association for Cryptologic Research). [19]

2014: Woman of Vision for innovation by the Anita Borg Institute.[20]

2014: One of the 22 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider.[21]


  1. ^ Tal Rabin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Gina Kolata, Women Atop Their Fields Dissect the Scientific Life, The New York Times, 6 June 2011
  3. ^ Gennaro, Rosario; Rabin, Michael O.; Rabin, Tal (1 January 1998). Simplified VSS and Fast-track Multiparty Computations with Applications to Threshold Cryptography. Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing. PODC '98. New York, NY, USA: ACM. pp. 101–111. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/277697.277716. ISBN 978-0897919777. S2CID 6981623.
  4. ^ "Tal Rabin, IBM cryptographer". The Valentina Project. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Tal Rabin, Professor of Computer and Information Science".
  6. ^ "Tal Rabin - Patents and Patent Applications". researcher.watson.ibm.com. 25 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Tal Rabin - Google Scholar Citations". scholar.google.com.
  8. ^ "Tal Rabin". www.iacr.org.
  9. ^ Computing Community Consortium council members
  10. ^ "ACM SIGACT: People". www.sigact.org.
  11. ^ "Journal of Cryptology-incl. option to publish open access (Editorial Board)". springer.com.
  12. ^ "Women in Theory". Women in Theory.
  13. ^ "Tal Rabin - World Science Festival". worldsciencefestival.com.
  14. ^ "Science Fair: The Codebreakers". thegreenespace.org.
  15. ^ "RSA Conference 2019 Announces Recipient of Annual Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics | RSA Conference". www.rsaconference.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Tal Rabin". Forbes.
  17. ^ ACM Recognizes 2017 Fellows for Making Transformative Contributions and Advancing Technology in the Digital Age, Association for Computing Machinery, 11 December 2017, retrieved 13 November 2017
  18. ^ Newly Elected Members, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, April 2016, retrieved 20 April 2016.
  19. ^ "IACR Fellows". International Association for Cryptologic Research. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  20. ^ "The Anita Borg Institute Recognizes Three Leading Women Technologists With 2014 Women of Vision ABIE Awards". marketwatch.com.
  21. ^ Julie Bort, 22 Of The Most Powerful Women Engineers In The World, Business Insider, 8 July 2014

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