Rebecca Wright
Rebecca N. Wright
Director, DIMACS
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Member of the Graduate Faculty, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

CoRE Building, Room 404
Rutgers University
96 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

email: rebecca.wright (at)

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Research Interests

Computer and communications security, particularly in the areas of privacy, cryptographic protocols, and fault-tolerant distributed computing. Designing protocols, systems, and services that perform their specified computational or communication functions even if some of the participants or underlying components behave maliciously.

Current Professional Activities

APPLICATIONS OPEN MID-DECEMBER! SWSIS Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security, applications for 2017-18 scholarships due February 1, 2017.

Testimony to the New Jersey State Legislature Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, October 9, 2014, regarding cyber security threats, standards, and new technologies and ways the public can protect itself against these threats.

In the New York Times Room For Debate, October 4, 2014.

Privacy and Technology Advisory Board, Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), Board Member.

Computer Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research CRA-W, Board member.

Computer Research Association Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP), Advisory Committee.

57th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, October 9-11, 2016, Local Arrangements Co-Chair.

DIMACS Special Focus on Cybersecurity, 2011-2016, Organizing Committee.

International Journal of Information and Computer Security (IJICS), Editorial Board.

Transactions on Data Privacy, Editorial Board.

PeerJ Computer Science, Editorial Board.


Since Fall 2012: Douglass-DIMACS Computing Corps, faculty advisor. Watch the video!

Spring 2013: 16:198:500. Light Seminar on Secure Computation (co-led with Jason Perry)

Fall 2011: 16:198:500. Light Seminar on Accountability in Online Life

Fall 2009: 16:198:500. Light Seminar on Economics of Cybersecurity

Fall 2008: 16:198:671. Privacy in a Networked World
16:198:500. Light Seminar on Readings in Differential Privacy

Fall 2007: 16:198:672. Theory of Distributed Computation

The following courses were taught at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Spring 2007: CS601A. Algorithmic Complexity

Spring 2006: CS625A. Foundations of Distributed Computing

Fall 2005: CS601A. Algorithmic Complexity

Spring 2005: CS465A/CS765A. Privacy in a Networked World
CS693A. Cryptographic Protocols (co-taught with Prof. Susanne Wetzel)

Fall 2004: CS668A. Foundations of Cryptography

Spring 2004: CS601A. Algorithmic Complexity

Fall 2003: CS668A. Foundations of Cryptography

Spring 2003: CS601A. Algorithmic Complexity

Fall 2002: CS765C. Foundations of Distributed Computing

I organized a series of tutorials at DIMACS, August 4-7, 2003:
DIMACS Tutorial on Applied Cryptography and Network Security


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Students and Postdocs

Graduated Students

Jason Perry, PhD 2015 (Rutgers) → Lewis University
Darakhshan Mir, PhD 2013 (Rutgers) → Wellesley CollegeBucknell
Geetha Jagannathan, PhD 2010 (Rutgers) → Columbia
Michael de Mare, PhD 2010 (Stevens)
Zhiqiang Yang, PhD 2007 (Stevens) → Imagine SoftwareGoldman Sachs
Hiranmayee Subramaniam, MS 2003 (Stevens) → PolyPaths

Current PhD students

Daniel Bittner
Neil Lutz


Vijay Ramachandran (February 2006 - July 2007) → Colgate
Sotiris Ioannidis (February 2005 - June 2007, co-supervised with Susanne Wetzel) → FORTH
Sheng Zhong (September 2004 - July 2005) → University at Buffalo (SUNY) Nanjing University

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