Rei Safavi-Naeini

Reyhaneh Safavi-Naeini

Rei Safavi-Naeini

  • Fellow of International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR)
  • Co-Founder and Former Director of ISPIA
  • Former  NSERC/Telus Industrial Research Chair in Information Security
  • Former Alberta Innovates Strategic Chair in Information Security
  • Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary




office phone: 403.210.5492

Background and research interests

Dr. Rei Safavi-Naini is the NSERC/Telus Industrial  Research Chair in Information Security and the AITF Strategic Chair in Information Security. She is a co-founder of the Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance (ISPIA) at the University of Calgary and served as its Director until December 2018. Before joining the University of Calgary in 2007 as the iCORE Chair in Information Security, she was a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Telecommunication and Information Technology Research Institute (now  ICT Research Institute) at the University of Wollongong  Australia. She holds a PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. 

She has over 400 peer-reviewed publications in major refereed conferences and journals, has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC), and is currently an Associate Editor of  IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IET Information Security and Journal of Mathematical Cryptology. She has served as Program Chair/co-Chair of numerous conferences including Crypto 2012, ACNS 2013 and PST 2018.

Her research interests include information-theoretic security, quantum-safe cryptography, distributed ledger system security, cloud security and security of the Internet of Things (IoT).