Vinod Vaikuntanathan is a Steven and Renee Finn Career Development Associate Professor of Computer Science at MIT. His main research interest is in the theory and practice of cryptography. He works on lattice-based cryptography, building advanced cryptographic primitives using integer lattices; leakage-resilient cryptography, defining and developing algorithms resilient against adversarial information leakage; and more recently, the theory and practice of computing on encrypted data, constructing powerful cryptographic objects such as fully homomorphic encryption and functional encryption. Vinod obtained his Ph.D. from MIT where he received a 2009 George M. Sprowls Award for the best MIT Ph.D. thesis in Computer Science. He is also a recipient of the 2008 IBM Josef Raviv Postdoctoral Fellowship, the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the 2014 Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, and a 2014 NSF CAREER award. More on Vinod Vaikuntanathan can be found on his webpage.
Tatsuaki Okamoto is a Fellow of NTT, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, and head of Okamoto research laboratory, NTT. He is also a guest professor of Kyoto University. He is presently engaged in research on cryptography and information security. More on Tatsuaki Okamoto can be found on his webpage