I am an assistant professor at UC Berkeley's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
I am affiliated with the Theory, Cryptography, and Security research groups.
I cofounded SCIPR Lab, a multiinstitutional research collaboration seeking to bring to practice cryptographic proof systems that provide succinct integrity and privacy.
I am an author of libsnark, a C++ library for zkSNARK proofs.
I am broadly interested in Theoretical Computer Science and Computer Security.
Specific interests include theoretical and applied cryptography, complexity theory, mechanism design, and others.
[P1] 
The Hunting of the SNARK
Nir Bitansky,
Ran Canetti,
Alessandro Chiesa,
Shafi Goldwasser,
Huijia Lin,
Aviad Rubinstein,
Eran Tromer
Cryptology ePrint Archive,
Report 2014/580


[C16] 
Secure Sampling of Public Parameters for Succinct Zero Knowledge Proofs
S&P 2015
(36th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy)


[C15] 
Cluster Computing in Zero Knowledge
Alessandro Chiesa,
Eran Tromer,
Madars Virza
EUROCRYPT 2015
(34th International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques)


[C14] 
Scalable Zero Knowledge via Cycles of Elliptic Curves
CRYPTO 2014
(34th International Cryptology Conference)


[C13] 
Succinct NonInteractive Zero Knowledge for a von Neumann Architecture
USENIX Security 2014
(23rd USENIX Security Symposium)


[C12] 
Knightian Self Uncertainty in the VCG Mechanism for Unrestricted Combinatorial Auctions
Alessandro Chiesa,
Silvio Micali,
Zeyuan Allen Zhu
EC 2014
(15th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation)


[C11] 
Zerocash: Decentralized Anonymous Payments from Bitcoin
Eli BenSasson,
Alessandro Chiesa,
Christina L. Garman,
Matthew D. Green,
Ian Miers,
Eran Tromer,
Madars Virza
S&P 2014
(35th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy)


[C10] 
SNARKs for C: Verifying Program Executions Succinctly and in Zero Knowledge
CRYPTO 2013
(33rd International Cryptology Conference)


[C09] 
On the Concrete Efficiency of ProbabilisticallyCheckable Proofs
STOC 2013
(45th ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing)


[C08] 
Recursive Composition and Bootstrapping for SNARKs and ProofCarrying Data
STOC 2013
(45th ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing)


[C07] 
Succinct NonInteractive Arguments via Linear Interactive Proofs
TCC 2013
(10th Theory of Cryptography Conference)


[C06] 
Fast Reductions from RAMs to Delegatable Succinct Constraint Satisfaction Problems
ITCS 2013
(4th Symposium on Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science)


[C05] 
Succinct Arguments from MultiProver Interactive Proofs and their Efficiency Benefits
Nir Bitansky,
Alessandro Chiesa
CRYPTO 2012
(32nd International Cryptology Conference)


[C04] 
From Extractable Collision Resistance to Succinct NonInteractive Arguments of Knowledge, and Back Again
ITCS 2012
(3rd Symposium on Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science)


[C03] 
Mechanism Design with Approximate Valuations
Alessandro Chiesa,
Silvio Micali,
Zeyuan Allen Zhu
ITCS 2012
(3rd Symposium on Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science)


[C02] 
ProofCarrying Data and Hearsay Arguments from Signature Cards
Alessandro Chiesa,
Eran Tromer
ITCS 2010
(1st Symposium on Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science)


[C01] 
A Security Analysis of the Boston T
Zackary Anderson,
Alessandro Chiesa,
Samuel McVeety,
Russell Ryan
DEF CON 16
(hacker convention in Las Vegas in 2008)


[J3] 
Knightian Robustness of the Vickrey Mechanism
Alessandro Chiesa,
Silvio Micali,
Zeyuan Allen Zhu
Econometrica,
to appear


[J2] 
Improved Soundness for QMA with Multiple Provers
Alessandro Chiesa,
Michael A. Forbes


[J1] 
Proofcarrying data: Secure computation on untrusted platforms
Alessandro Chiesa,
Eran Tromer
The Next Wave: The NSA's review of emerging technologies,
Vol.19, No.2, 2012


[T2] 
Succinct NonInteractive Arguments
Ph.D. thesis (September 2014)
MIT EECS Department
Advised by Prof. Silvio Micali


[T1] 
ProofCarrying Data
M.Eng. thesis (June 2010)
MIT EECS Department
Advised by Prof. Ronald L. Rivest and Prof. Eran Tromer


I joined UC Berkeley's faculty in the summer of 2015.
Prior to that, I spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zürich; my host was Prof. Thomas Holenstein.
I earned my Ph.D. in the Theory of Computation group in CSAIL at MIT; my doctoral thesis advisor was Prof. Silvio Micali.
I earned my M.Eng. in the same group; my master's thesis advisors were Prof. Eran Tromer and Prof. Ron Rivest.
I earned my S.B. in Mathematics and my S.B. in Computer Science at MIT; outside of classes and labs, I rowed for the heavyweight varsity crew team at MIT.
A list of my old coursework while at MIT can be found here.
Before coming to MIT, I lived in Varese, Italy, where I was born in 1987. While in Italy, I attended the European School of Varese from kindergarten through high school; this school is part of the system of European Schools, which awards students the European Baccalaureate.
I enjoy many outdoor sports, including biking, climbing, mountaineering, and running.
The best way to contact me is via the email at the top of this page.