Michael K. Reiter

Michael K. Reiter

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor

Prior to joining Duke in 2021, Prof. Reiter held positions in industry (culminating as Director of Secure Systems Research at Bell Labs, Lucent) and academia (Professor of CS and ECE at Carnegie Mellon, and Distinguished Professor of CS at UNC-Chapel Hill). His technical contributions lie primarily in computer security and distributed computing, and include: graphical user authentication techniques very similar to ones eventually adopted in the Android platform; a system to support dynamic launch of execution enclaves with minimal trust assumptions that was a precursor to modern realizations of this capability (e.g., Intel SGX); a blockchain protocol now in use by the Diem Consortium; another that forms the basis of VMware's blockchain offering; the discovery of fundamental vulnerabilities in defenses, ranging from robust state-estimation algorithms used in power systems, to isolation as implemented by modern hypervisors; and security advances in machine learning, including methods to construct natural physical artifacts to cause misclassification of images in which they appear and new methods to defend against such exploits.