Full Professor of Informatics [INF/01]


  • Laurea in Scienze dell'Informazione (Master in Computer Science) (Università di Catania), 1995. Grade: 110/110 cum laude.
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science (Università di Catania), 2002.


Positions Held

  • 1st MArch 2020 - present: Professor, Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica Università di Catania - Catania, Italy.
  • 1st October 2006 - 29th February 2020: Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica Università di Catania - Catania, Italy.
  • 1st October 2003 -  30th September 2006: Chargé de Recherche (titulaire) au CNRS (Researcher at the French CNRS - Permanent position). Computer Science Department, Ecole Normale Superieure - Paris.
  • 1st October 2002 - 30th September 2003: Chargé de Recherche (stagiaire) au CNRS (Researcher at the French CNRS). Computer Science Department, Ecole Normale Superieure - Paris.
  • Nov 2001 - September 2002: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Computer Science Department of Ecole Normale Superieure - Paris.
  • Visiting Scholar. Computer Science Department, Columbia University (New York, NY, USA). January 1999 - Novembre 2000
  • Visiting student. IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (Hawtorne NY, USA). January 2001 - April 2001.
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Over the last twenty years, my research activity has been concerned mainly with cryptography and, in particular, to reducing the gap between theory and practice in cryptography. My research agenda mostly concentrates on foundational issues inspired by practical needs and on questions related to the realizations of secure and efficient cryptographic constructions addressing such needs. Such topics include, for example, password based cryptography, electronic voting and, in particular, cryptographic primitives with special properties (e.g. homomorphic signatures and MACs, homomorphic/functional encryption).

In the early stages of my career I was also interested in the theory of machine learning.

  • Chair of the Master Degree in Computer Science (Laurea Magistrale in Informatica) - 2019 - 2023   
  • Member of the "Orientation" committee - Department of Mathematics and Computer Science - 2015 - present 
  • Local coordinator (for UNICT) of the National Cybersecurity Lab - 2014 - 2017 
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Scuola Superiore di Catania - 2013 - present 
  • Head of the Cryptography research group(Crypto@DMI) Università di Catania - 2006 - present