Aleksander Essex

Ph.D., P.Eng.

Assistant professor
Software engineering

Hi, I'm Aleks

I'm an assistant professor of software engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western University. My research is in cybersecurity, cryptography, and secure computation, which I use to try and make the world a safer, more private place.

I'm fighting to secure our democratic institutions in the digital age through the development and standardization of trustworthy, publicly accountable election practices and technology.

I run Whisper Lab, the Western Information Security and Privacy Research laboratory.

What I'm Working On

Multi-party computation

Development of cryptographic protocols allowing parties to compute things of mutual importance, without learning anything more about each other data.

Privacy-preserving health informatics

Developing technology that can help medical researchers get access to important health data while working within privacy laws.

Trustworthy elections

Designing technology and standards to secure electronic and online voting systems and provide evidence the results are accurate while protecting ballot secrecy.

Public-key Cryptography

Design of novel homomorphic public-key encryption schemes.

Data Privacy

Identifying the privacy impact of new technologies like machine learning, 5G, IoT, mobile apps, etc.

Web Security

Cryptanalysis and measurement of online protocols and implementations.

Recent Publications

Aleksander Essex.
IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. Accepted.
Fadi Salo, Ali Bou Nassif, Aleksander Essex.
Computer Networks, 148 pp. 164--175, 2019.
Fadi Salo, MohammadNoor Injadat, Abdallah Moubayed, Ali Bou Nassif, Abdallah Shami, and Aleksander Essex.
IEEE International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC), 2019. To appear.
Anthony Cardillo and Aleksander Essex.
International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting (E-Vote-ID). LNCS vol. 11143, pp. 35--50, 2018.
Rhys Carlton, Aleksander Essex and Krzysztof Kapulkin.
Topics in Cryptology (CT-RSA 2018). LNCS vol. 10808, pp. 137--156, 2018.
Chris Culnane, Mark Eldridge, Aleksander Essex and Vanessa Teague.
International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting (E-Vote-ID), LNCS vol. 10615, pp. 127--145, 2017.

In the News

Western University Faculty 3 Minute Thesis Competition
January 18, 2019
Secret ballot, public evidence
Lindsay Advocate
November 7, 2018
Let's have ranked ballots in time for next election
National Post
November 5, 2018
Oped: Protecting online elections in Canada

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