I am an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at George Mason University. My research interests are in cryptography, security and data privacy with a special focus in signature schemes, accumulators, ZK proofs, private authentication techniques and blockchain technologies. My research is supported by NSF (including an NSF CAREER award), NSA, DHS, CCI and faculty research awards from Google, Facebook and IBM.
I received my Ph.D. from Brown University in May 2014 where I was supervised by Anna Lysyanskaya. During my time at Brown I was fortunate to spent a semester at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA working in the Cryptography group with Melissa Chase and a summer at IBM Research in Zurich working as a member of the Cryptography and Security group. From 2014 to 2016 I was a postdoctoral researcher in the BU Security group at Boston University and also had a research affiliation with the Crypto.Sec group at University of Athens.
Contact address:CS Department, George Mason University4400 University Drive MSN 4A5Fairfax, VA 22030 USA
Advanced Cryptography (CS 499/CS 695): Spring 2022
Formal Methods and Models (CS 330), Fall 2019, Spring 2022
Blockchain Technologies (CS 795), Spring 2017
Network Security and Applied Crypto (CS558 Boston University), Fall 2015
co-chair: FC 2022, ACM AFT 2021
Program Committees (selection): ACM-CCS 2022, FC 2022, Eurocrypt 2021, FC 2021, ACM-CCS 2020, NDSS 2019, PETS 2019, IEEE S&P 2019, FC 2019, ACM-CCS 2018, CRYPTO 2018, BITCOIN 2018, EuroSec 2018, SCNS 2018, ACM-CCS 2017, Bitcoin Scaling Workshop 2017, PST 2017, BITCOIN 2017, FC 2017, IEEE EuroS&P Blockchain Workshop 2017, SCN 2016, BITCOIN 2016
Other: I additionally serve as the Communications officer of the IACR.
"TumbleBit: An Untrusted Bitcoin-Compatible Anonymous Payment Hub", Ethan Heilman, Leen Alshenibr, Foteini Baldimtsi, Alessandra Scafuro, Sharon Goldberg, NDSS, 2017. Project site (maintained by Ethan Heilman). Media coverage: Nasdaq, btc Manager, Bitcoin Magazine(1), Bitcoin Magazine(2), more at project site.
"Efficient Accumulators with Applications to Anonymity-Preserving Revocation", Foteini Baldimtsi, Jan Camenisch, Maria Dubovitskaya, Anna Lysyanskaya, Leo Reyzin, Kai Samelin, Sophia Yakoubov, EuroS&P, 2017.
"Watermarking Public-Key Cryptographic Functionalities and Implementations", Foteini Baldimtsi, Katerina Samari, Aggelos Kiayias, ISC, 2017.
"Blindly Signed Contracts: Anonymous On-Blockchain and Off-Blockchain Bitcoin Transactions", Ethan Heilman; Foteini Baldimtsi; Sharon Goldberg, BITCOIN, 2016.
"Recovering Lost Device-Bound Credentials", Foteini Baldimtsi, Jan Camenisch, Lucjan Hanzlik, Stephan Krenn, Anja Lehmann, Gregory Neven, ACNS, 2015.
Cryptographic Theory Meets Practice: Efficient and Privacy-Preserving Payments for Public Transport, Andy Rupp, Foteini Baldimtsi, Gesine Hinterwälder and Christof Paar, ACM-TISSEC, 2015.
On The Security of One-Witness Blind Signature Schemes, Foteini Baldimtsi and Anna Lysyanskaya, ASIACRYPT, 2013.
Efficient E-cash in Practice: NFC-based Payments for Intelligent Transportation Systems, Gesine Hinterwälder, Christian T. Zenger, Foteini Baldimtsi, Anna Lysyanskaya, Christof Paar and Wayne P. Burleson, Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), 2013.
P4R: Privacy-Preserving Pre-Payments with Refunds for Transportation Systems, Andy Rupp, Gesine Hinterwälder, Foteini Baldimtsi and Christof Paar, Financial Cryptography (FC), 2013.
Pay as you go, Foteini Baldimtsi, Gesine Hinterwalder, Andy Rupp, Anna Lysyanskaya, Christof Paar and Wayne P. Burleson, Workshop on hot topics in privacy enhancing technologies, HotPETSs 2012, Vigo, Spain, 2012. (A blog post describing how can we get private, secure and efficient payments for public transportation.)
Two types of Key-Compromise Impersonation Attacks against One-Pass Key-Establishment Protocols, K. Chalkias, F. Baldimtsi, D. Hristu-Varsakelis, G. Stephanides, In 'E-Business and Telecommunication', Volume 23, pp. 227-238, Springer, 2009.
An Implementation Infrastructure for Server-Passive Timed-Release Cryptography, K. Chalkias, F. Baldimtsi, D. Hristu-Varsakelis, G. Stephanides, Information Assurance and Security Conference, 2008 (IAS '08), pp.89-94, 8-10 Sept. 2008, IEEE Proceedings.
Mathematical Problems And Algorithms For Timed-Release Encryption, K. Chalkias, F. Baldimtsi, D. Hristu-Varsakelis and G. Stephanides, Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Brasov, Vol 15(50) Series B - 2008, 1-4, 2008.
On the Key-Compromise Impersonation vulnerability of One-pass key establishment protocols, K. Chalkias, F. Mpaldimtsi, D. Hristu-Varsakelis and G. Stephanides, In International Conference on Security and Cryptography (SECRYPT 2007), Barcelona, Spain, July 28-31, 2007.
Attacks on the AKACP Protocol, K. Chalkias, F. Baldimtsi, D. Hristu-Varsakelis, S.T. Halkidis and G. Stephanides, IACR Cryptology Eprint Archive, 2010/500, 2010.