Aleksander Essex

Ph.D., P.Eng.

Associate professor
Software engineering

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Hi, I'm Aleks

I'm an associate 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.

In the News

See the full interview on CBC.

Research Talks

Recent Publications

Leah Krehling, Aleksander Essex.
Journal of Cybersecurity and Privacy, 1(4), 597-614, 2021.
Nicole Goodman, Aleksander Essex.
Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. vol. 19, no. 2, 2020.
Anthony Cardillo, Nicholas Akinyokun and Aleksander Essex.
International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting (E-Vote-ID), LNCS vol. 11758, pp. 67-82, 2019. Recipient of the Best Paper Award.
Chris Culnane, Aleksander Essex, Sarah Jamie Lewis, Olivier Pereira and Vanessa Teague.
IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 62-70, July-Aug. 2019.
Aleksander Essex.
IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. 14(10) pp. 2623-2632, 2019.
Fadi Salo, Ali Bou Nassif, Aleksander Essex.
Computer Networks, 148 pp. 164-175, 2019.

Course Lectures

Fingerprinting with Hash Functions
SE 4472: Information Security

Encrypting with Block Ciphers
SE 4472: Information Security

Semantic Security and the One-Time Pad
SE 4472: Information Security

Encryption Basics and Classical Ciphers
SE 4472: Information Security

Information Security Goals and Principles
SE 4472: Information Security

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