Rei Safavi-Naeini

Professor; Assistant Head (Graduate Scholarships and Awards)

Department of Computer Science

NSERC/TELUS Industrial Research Chair in Information Security

AITF Strategic Chair in Information Security

PhD - Electrical Engineering

University of Waterloo

Contact information


Office: 403.210.5492


Office : ICT636


  • CPSC 530 / CPSC 630:  Information Theory and Security
  • CPSC 599.98 / CPSC 601.98:  Special Topics in Computer Science (Intro to Modern Crypto)
  • ISEC 603:  Network Security

Research and Professional Activities

Research Areas

  • Cryptography: Cryptography, Quantum-safe cryptography, Information theoretic cryptography
  • Information security: Communication and Network Security, Cloud Security, Distributed Ledger and Smart Contracts

Research Interests

Rei Safavi-Naini's research interests are cryptography, and information security and privacy. Her research is driven by the challenges of securing the evolving cyber space for everyday life, exploring fundamental limits of securing information and proposing new models and constructions to overcome these limits. Her current research interest are information theoretic security, quantum-safe cryptography, network communication security and privacy, Cloud security, and Distributed Ledger and Smart Contracts.

Professional Activities


Rei Safavi-Naini is the NSERC/Telus Industrial Research Chair and Alberta Innovates Strategic Chair in Information Security. She co-founded (with Dr. Hugh Williams) Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance at the University of Calgary in 2009 and served as its Director until January 2019. She joined he University of Calgary in 2007 as the iCORE Chair in Information Security, and before that was a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Telecommunication and Information Technology Research Institute at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

She has over 400 published peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (two times), ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC), IEEE Transactions on Secure and Dependable Computing, and is currently Associate Editor of IET Information Security and Journal of Mathematical Cryptology. She has served as Program Chair/co-Chair of numerous conferences, including Privacy, Security and Trust (PST 2017), ACM CCSW 2014, Financial Cryptography 2014, ACNS 2013 and Crypto 2012.

She has led major industry collaborative research and development teams in Canada and Australia, and has an. established collaborative research program with Telus Communications.

She has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada.