Associate Director

Gadiel Seroussi

Gadiel Seroussi was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering, and the M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees in computer science from Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, in 1977, 1979 and 1981, respectively. From 1981 to 1987, he was with the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Technion. During the 1982-83 academic year, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Department of IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York.  From 1986 to 1988, he was a Senior Research Scientist with Cyclotomics Inc., in Berkeley, California. In 1988, he joined Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, where he founded the Information Theory Research group and was its Director until joining MSRI in 2005. 

His research interests include the mathematical foundations and practical applications of information theory, error correcting codes, data and image compression, and cryptography.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE, cited “for contributions to the theory and practice of error correction and data compression algorithms and architectures.”

Seroussi has published numerous journal and conference articles in these areas (some recent ones can be found  here). He is a co-author of the book Elliptic Curves in Cryptography, and an editor of the sequel Advances in Elliptic Curve Cryptography, both published by Cambridge University Press. He is currently on the editorial board of Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information Theory. He maintains a honorary joint appointment in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he teaches advanced courses in information theory, and supervises graduate theses.  He is an inventor in 23 granted and more than 30 pending U.S. patents. 


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