Ronald Rivest is an Institute Professor and a member of MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is also a principal investigator with the Theory of Computation Group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and a founder of its Cryptography and Information Security Group. His research focuses on cryptography, computer and network security, algorithms, and voting security. Rivest is an inventor of the RSA algorithm, the inventor of the symmetric key encryption algorithms RC2, RC4, RC5 and co-inventor of RC6. He also authored the MD2, MD4, MD5 and MD6 cryptographic hash functions. He is a co-author of the textbook, Introduction to Algorithms, and a founder of Verisign, Peppercoin and RSA Data Security, now RSA Security.
Rivest is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the International Association for Cryptologic Research, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received a Turing Award, an IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award and the Secure Computing Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned a BS in mathematics from Yale University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.
- Rivest, R.L. (2020). Double-Bubble Ballots.
- Park, S., Specter, M., Narula, N., Rivest, R.L. (2020). Going from Bad to Worse: From Internet Voting to Blockchain Voting.
- Malagon, A., Rivest, R.L. (2019). A Bayesian Approach to Election Audits. MAA FOCUS: Newsmagazine of the Mathematical Association of America 39, 6, pp.7.
Ottoboni, K., Bernhard, M., Halderman, J.A., Rivest, R.L., Stark, P.B. (2018). Bernoulli ballot polling: a manifest improvement for risk-limiting audits. Twenty-Second International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security, 226-241.
- April 8, 2020: MIT News, Bluetooth signals from your smartphone could automate Covid-19 contact tracing while preserving privacy.
- March 12, 2020: Quanta Magazine, Cryptography Pioneer Seeks Secure Elections the Low-Tech Way.
- February 26, 2020: MIT News, 3 Questions: Ron Rivest on trusting electronic voting systems.
- February 13, 2020: MIT News, MIT researchers identify security vulnerabilities in voting app.
- April 29, 2019: CSAIL News, Programmers solve MIT’s 20-year-old cryptographic puzzle.
- January 23, 2018: Popular Science, What do refrigeration, DNA synthesis, and Lycra have in common?
- June 29, 2015: CSAIL News, Ron Rivest named Institute Professor – one of only 23 in MIT history.