Tal Rabin is a Professor of Computer Science at University of Pennsylvania and a consultant to Algorand Foundation. Prior to joining UPenn she has been the head of research and Algorand Foundation and prior to that she had been at IBM Research for 23 years as a Distinguished Research Staff Member and the manager of the Cryptographic Research Group. She received her PhD from the Hebrew University in 1995.
Tal’s research focuses on cryptography and, more specifically, on secure multiparty computation, threshold cryptography, and proactive security and recently adapting these technologies to the blockchain environment. Her works have been instrumental in forming these areas. She has served as the Program and General Chair of the leading cryptography conferences and as an editor of the Journal of Cryptology. She has initiated and organizes the Women in Theory Workshop, a biennial event for graduate students in Theory of Computer Science. Tal has served as a member of the SIGACT Executive Board and a council member of the Computing Community Consortium.
Tal is an ACM Fellow, an IACR (International Association of Cryptologic Research) Fellow and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the 2019 recipient of the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics. She was named by Forbes in 2018 as one of the Top 50 Women in Tech in the world. In 2014 Tal won the Anita Borg Women of Vision Award winner for Innovation and was ranked by Business Insider as the #4 on the 22 Most Powerful Women Engineers.