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Dachman-Soled, Dana

Dachman-Soled, Dana

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Maryland Cybersecurity Center
The Institute for Systems Research
5238 Iribe Center


  • B.A. in Math and Computer Science from Yeshiva University
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University


Dana Dachman-Soled is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. She is a core faculty member in the Maryland Cybersecurity Center and is also affiliated with the Institute for Systems Research

Dachman-Soled’s research interests are in cryptography, complexity theory and security. She has broad interests in cryptography including security against physical attacks, post-quantum cryptography, secure multiparty computation, and black-box complexity. Dachman-Soled is also interested in property testing of Boolean functions and cryptographic hardness of learning.

She is supported in part by an NSF CAREER award, a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement award, a financial assistance award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a research partnership award from Cisco. Dachman-Soled is also the recipient of a Summer 2016 Research and Scholarship (RASA) award. Prior to joining University of Maryland, she spent two years as a postdoc at Microsoft Research New England. 

Dachman-Soled completed her doctorate in computer science at Columbia University.


  • George Corcoran Award for Faculty (2018)
  • Summer Research and Scholarship Award (RASA) (2016)
  • ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2015)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2015)
  • Recipient of the FF SEAS Presidential Fellowship (4-year fellowship)

  • Cryptography
  • Security
  • Complexity Theory

  • Towards Non-Black-Box Separations of Public Key Encryption and One Way Functioni
    D. Dachman-Soled
    TCC B-2016

  • Non-Malleable Codes for Bounded Depth, Bounded Fan-in Circuits 
    M. Ball, D. Dachman-Soled, M. Kulkarni, T. Malkin 
    Eurocrypt 2016.

  • 10-Round Feistel is Indifferentiable from an Ideal Cipher 
    D. Dachman-Soled, J. Katz, A. Thiruvengadam
    Eurocrypt 2016

  • Oblivious Network RAM and Leveraging Parallelism to Achieve Obliviousness 
    D. Dachman-Soled, C. Liu, C. Papamanthou, E. Shi, U. Vishkin 
    Asiacrypt 2015

  • Leakage-Resilient Circuits Revisited -- Optimal Number of Computing Components without Leak-free Hardware 
    D. Dachman-Soled, F. H. Liu, H. S. Zhou 
    Eurocrypt 2015

  • Locally Decodable and Updatable Non-Malleable Codes and Their Applications 
    D. Dachman-Soled, F. H. Liu, E. Shi, H. S. Zhou 
    TCC 2015. 

  • Adaptively Secure, Universally Composable, Multi-Party Computation in Constant Rounds 
    D. Dachman-Soled, J. Katz, V. Rao 
    TCC 2015. 

  • Approximate resilience, monotonicity, and the complexity of agnostic learning 
    D. Dachman-Soled, V. Feldman, L.Y. Tang, A. Wan, K. Wimmer 
    SODA 2015.

  • Feasibility and Infeasibility of Secure Computation with Malicious PUFs 
    D. Dachman-Soled, N. Fleischhacker, J. Katz, A. Lysyanskaya, D. Schröder 
    Crypto 2014.

  • Leakage-Tolerant Computation with Input-Independent Preprocessing 
    N. Bitansky, D. Dachman-Soled, H. Lin 
    Crypto 2014.

  • A Black-Box Construction of a CCA2 Encryption Scheme from a Plaintext Aware Encryption Scheme 
    D. Dachman-Soled 
    PKC 2014.

  • On Minimal Assumptions for Sender-Deniable Public Key Encryption 
    D. Dachman-Soled 
    PKC 2014.

  • Securing Circuits Against Constant-Rate Tampering 
    D. Dachman-Soled, Y. T. Kalai 
    CRYPTO 2012.

  • Black-Box Construction a Non-Malleable Encryption Scheme from Any Semantically Secure One 
    S.G. Choi, D. Dachman-Soled, T. Malkin and H. Wee
    TCC, 2008.

MC2 Kicks Off Third Year of Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The fellowships offer an opportunity to work closely with MC2 faculty in multiple areas of cybersecurity.

MC2 Researchers Present Six Papers at ACM Conference on Information Security

The papers cover hot topics like key management for cryptocurrencies, fuzzy message detection and more.

MC2 Researchers Present 10 Papers at Upcoming Security Symposiums

They will present research on a diverse array of security-related topics at USENIX and SOUPS. 

Maryland Cybersecurity Center Kicks Off Second Year of Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The fellowship offers an opportunity to work closely with faculty and graduate students in the center.

New MC2 Postdoctoral Fellow Brings Expertise in Cryptography to UMD Campus

Cong Zhang is the inaugural recipient of the MC2 fellowship.

MC2 Researchers Have 13 Papers Accepted to Upcoming Cybersecurity Events

The papers highlight the center’s cutting-edge research in programming languages, encrypted databases, and more.

Making Cryptosystems More Secure in the Presence of Quantum Computers

Dana Dachman-Soled is leading an effort to analyze the security of certain “post-quantum” cryptosystems.

Five UMIACS Faculty Receive Academic Promotions

They have each been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure.

MC2 Researchers Awarded $600K NIST Grant

The grant will allow researchers to continue developing next-generation cryptography protocols.

Dachman-Soled Receives Cisco Grant for Research on Post-Quantum Cryptosystems

$75K grant will allow Dachman-Soled to further her group's work in analyzing side-channel attacks

Dachman-Soled, Katz Receive Cisco Awards

MC2 faculty Dana Dachmand-Soled and Jonathan Katz receive Cisco research awards

Dachman-Soled Wins 2016-17 Graduate School Research and Scholarship Summer Award

Award will support research to develop security measures to thwart hackers

UMD Researchers Awarded $1M from NIST to Work on Next-Generation Cryptography

Katz, Papamanthou and Dachman-Soled will collaborate with NIST on post-quantum cryptography project

Dachman-Soled Receives Junior Faculty Enhancement ORAU Award

Dachman-Soled Receives Junior Faculty Enhancement ORAU Award to Further Research

Dachman-Soled Receives NSF CAREER Award to Study "Non-Black-Box" Cryptography

Dachman-Soled Receives NSF CAREER Award to Study "Non-Black-Box" Cryptography

Visiting Research Scientist in MC2 Brings New Ideas, Collaborations

Visiting Research Scientist in MC2 Brings New Ideas, Collaborations

Three Professors Focused on Cybersecurity Join ECE

As the academic year begins, the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering welcomes three new assistant professors.