Alice Silverberg

540K Rowland Hall University of California Irvine Irvine, CA 92697 (949) 824-5422
Professor of Mathematics
Professor of Computer Science

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1984

M.A., Princeton University, 1981

Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics, University of Cambridge, 1980 (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos)

A.B., Harvard University, 1979 summa cum laude

Biography and Research: 

Professor Silverberg’s research areas are number theory and cryptography. Much of her recent work involves applying mathematics to cryptography. She co-invented the first fully hierarchical identity based crypto-system and co-introduced Multilinear Cryptography and Torus-Based Cryptography. She has worked on primality proofs, and her team found the largest proven primes N for which partial factorizations of N - 1 or N + 1 were not known. 

She has consulted and done research at a number of industrial labs and research centers including IBM, Microsoft, Xerox PARC, Bell Labs, Sandia National Labs, DoCoMo USA Labs, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in France, and the Max Planck Institute für Mathematik in Germany. She consulted for the TV show NUMB3RS and the documentary “Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s Tenth Problem”, was an organizer of the Fermat Fest at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and writes mathematically inspired Scottish country dances. 

Upon earning her Ph.D., Dr. Silverberg began her career as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Ohio State University. She joined UCI in 2004. She is an inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. She was awarded Humboldt, Bunting, Sloan, IBM, and NSF Fellowships and a Research Professorship from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and Sloan, DARPA, NSF, and NSA grants. She received a UCI Celebration of Teaching Award as the School of Physical Sciences Honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. 

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