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Dachman-Soled, Dana

Dachman-Soled, Dana

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
Maryland Cybersecurity Center
University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
5238 Iribe Center


  • B.A. in Math and Computer Science from Yeshiva University
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University


Dana Dachman-Soled is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also affiliated with the Institute for Systems Research and the Maryland Cybersecurity Center. Dana is supported in part by an NSF CAREER award, a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement award, a financial assistance award from NIST and a research partnership award from Cisco. She is also the recipient of a Summer 2016 Research and Scholarship (RASA) award. Prior to joining University of Maryland, Dana spent two years as a postdoc at Microsoft Research New England. Before that, she completed her PhD at Columbia University.
Dana's research interests are in cryptography, complexity theory and security. She has broad interests in cryptography including security against physical attacks, post-quantum cryptography, secure multiparty computation, and black-box complexity. She is also interested in property testing of Boolean functions and cryptographic hardness of learning.


  • George Corcoran Award for Faculty (2018)
  • Summer Research and Scholarship Award (RASA) (2016)
  • ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2015)
  • NSF Career Award (2015)
  • Recipient of the FF SEAS Presidential Fellowship (4-year fellowship)

  • Cryptography
  • Security
  • Complexity Theory

  • Towards Non-Black-Box Separations of Public Key Encryption and One Way Functioni
    D. Dachman-Soled
    TCC B-2016

  • Non-Malleable Codes for Bounded Depth, Bounded Fan-in Circuits 
    M. Ball, D. Dachman-Soled, M. Kulkarni, T. Malkin 
    Eurocrypt 2016.

  • 10-Round Feistel is Indifferentiable from an Ideal Cipher 
    D. Dachman-Soled, J. Katz, A. Thiruvengadam
    Eurocrypt 2016

  • Oblivious Network RAM and Leveraging Parallelism to Achieve Obliviousness 
    D. Dachman-Soled, C. Liu, C. Papamanthou, E. Shi, U. Vishkin 
    Asiacrypt 2015

  • Leakage-Resilient Circuits Revisited -- Optimal Number of Computing Components without Leak-free Hardware 
    D. Dachman-Soled, F. H. Liu, H. S. Zhou 
    Eurocrypt 2015

  • Locally Decodable and Updatable Non-Malleable Codes and Their Applications 
    D. Dachman-Soled, F. H. Liu, E. Shi, H. S. Zhou 
    TCC 2015. 

  • Adaptively Secure, Universally Composable, Multi-Party Computation in Constant Rounds 
    D. Dachman-Soled, J. Katz, V. Rao 
    TCC 2015. 

  • Approximate resilience, monotonicity, and the complexity of agnostic learning 
    D. Dachman-Soled, V. Feldman, L.Y. Tang, A. Wan, K. Wimmer 
    SODA 2015.

  • Feasibility and Infeasibility of Secure Computation with Malicious PUFs 
    D. Dachman-Soled, N. Fleischhacker, J. Katz, A. Lysyanskaya, D. Schröder 
    Crypto 2014.

  • Leakage-Tolerant Computation with Input-Independent Preprocessing 
    N. Bitansky, D. Dachman-Soled, H. Lin 
    Crypto 2014.

  • A Black-Box Construction of a CCA2 Encryption Scheme from a Plaintext Aware Encryption Scheme 
    D. Dachman-Soled 
    PKC 2014.

  • On Minimal Assumptions for Sender-Deniable Public Key Encryption 
    D. Dachman-Soled 
    PKC 2014.

  • Securing Circuits Against Constant-Rate Tampering 
    D. Dachman-Soled, Y. T. Kalai 
    CRYPTO 2012.

  • Black-Box Construction a Non-Malleable Encryption Scheme from Any Semantically Secure One 
    S.G. Choi, D. Dachman-Soled, T. Malkin and H. Wee
    TCC, 2008.

MC2 Researchers Have 13 Papers Accepted to Upcoming Cybersecurity Events

The papers highlight the center’s cutting-edge research in programming languages, encrypted databases, and more.

Making Cryptosystems More Secure in the Presence of Quantum Computers

Dana Dachman-Soled is leading an effort to analyze the security of certain “post-quantum” cryptosystems.

Dachman-Soled Receives Grant to Study Coding Schemes Used in Cryptography

The project aims to unify the various types of coding schemes used in cryptography under a single framework.

MC2 Researchers Awarded $600K NIST Grant

The grant will allow researchers to continue developing next-generation cryptography protocols.

Dachman-Soled Receives Grant to Continue Research on Post-Quantum Cryptosystems

Cisco Systems, Inc. funds Dachman-Soled's research for the third year.

Dachman-Soled Receives NSF EAGER Grant for Post-Quantum Indifferentiability

The $100,000 EAGER grant will allow Dana Dachman-Soled to investigate the security of symmetric key cryptosystems in the presence of quantum computers.

International Workshop on Cyber Deception and Defense addresses threats and countermeasures

The workshop was sponsored by the Army Research Office, the Clark School, ECE and ISR.

Dana Dachman-Soled Receives Grant to Continue Research on Post-Quantum Cryptosystems at Cisco

Prof. Dachman-Soled will be "Analyzing the Side-Channel Resistance of Lattice-Based Key Exchange."

Dr. Dachman-Soled is Applying New Methods of Security to Keep Hackers from Downloading/Modifying Meaningful Data

Dr. Dachman-Soled is applying new methods of security to keep hackers from downloading/modifying meaningful data.