Fatemeh Shirazi


I am the research team lead of Web3 Foundation, where I work on a number of tasks:

  • help design and coordinate W3F’s research agenda

  • drive our outreach activites such as publications, presentations, and tutorials

  • iniate and coordinate external academic collaborations

  • work on research challenges of Polkadot such as interoperability, networking, and auctions

  • help with a research project aiming at designing a privacy-enhancing messaging service for decentralized applications

Research Areas

  • Blockchain technology topics, in particular, interoperability and networking

  • Privacy-enhancing technologies, in particular, anonymous communication networks

  • Online voting systems

Short Bio

Before joining W3F, I obtained my PhD in the Electronic Engineering from KU Leuven in the renowned Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC) group, under the supervision of Prof. Claudia Diaz and co-supervision of Dr. Markulf Kohlweiss (University of Edinburgh), where I was also affiliated to imec. My PhD thesis was titled “Investigating and Improving Anonymous Communication Systems.” I obtained my M.Sc. in Computer Science from Saarland University. During my masters studies I worked for two years as a part-time student assistant at DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) in the Secure Systems group, led by Dr. Werner Stephan, helping with verifying secure partitioning for the PikeOS operating system.

For more information about my research profile see here. You can also find the list of my publication at DBLP or on my google scholar profile.

Selected Publications

[1] Fatemeh Shirazi, Milivoj Simeonovski, Muhammad Rizwan Asghar, Michael Backes, Claudia Diaz: A Survey on Routing in Anonymous Communication Protocols, ACM Computing Surveys, vol. 51, issue 3, article 51, 39 pages, May 2018.

[2] Fatemeh Shirazi, Claudia Diaz, Joss Wright: Towards Measuring Resilience in Anonymous Communication Networks (short paper), in Proceedings of the 14th Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (WPES’15), pages 95-99, ACM, Denver, Colorado, USA, October 2015.

[3] Fatemeh Shirazi, Stephan Neumann, Ines Ciolacu, Melanie Volkamer: Robust electronic voting: Introducing robustness in Civitas, in Proceedings of the 8th workshop on Requirements Engineering for Electronic Voting Systems (REVOTE’11), pages 47 -55, IEEE, August 2011.