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Privacy Preserving Systems Lab

We at the PPS Lab build, investigate, and research software systems for data privacy and data security. Our mission is to develop technologies that enable applications to safely and securely interact with users data while preserving individual's privacy and make it easy for developers to build and develop privacy preserving applications.

Our members are affiliated with the Systems Group and the Applied Cryptography Group at ETH Zurich CS Department.

Projects

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Secure and Robust Collaborative Learning

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End-to-End Designs for Data Privacy

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Accessible Privacy Preserving Computation

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Privacy Preserving Stream Analytics at Scale

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Publications

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Holding Secrets Accountable: Auditing Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning Paper

Hidde Lycklama, Alexander Viand, Nicolas Küchler, Christian Knabenhans, Anwar Hithnawi

USENIX Security 2024.

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Cohere: Managing Differential Privacy in Large Scale Systems Paper

Nicolas Küchler, Emanuel Opel, Hidde Lycklama, Alexander Viand, Anwar Hithnawi

IEEE Security and Privacy (Oakland) 2024.

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Verifiable Fully Homomorphic Encryption Paper Github

Alexander Viand*, Christian Knabenhans, Anwar Hithnawi

Preprint, arXiv:2301.07041

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CoVault: Secure Selective Analytics of Sensitive Data for the Public Good. Paper

Roberta De Viti, Isaac Sheff, Noemi Glaeser, Baltasar Dinis, Rodrigo Rodrigues, Jonathan Katz, Bobby Bhattacharjee, Anwar Hithnawi, Deepak Garg, Peter Druschel

Preprint, arXiv:2301.08517

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RoFL: Robustness of Secure Federated Learning Paper Github

Hidde Lycklama*, Lukas Burkhalter*, Alexander Viand, Nicolas Küchler, Anwar Hithnawi

IEEE Security and Privacy (Oakland) 2023.

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HECO: Fully Homomorphic Encryption Compiler. Paper Github

Alexander Viand, Patrick Jattke, Miro Haller, Anwar Hithnawi

USENIX Security 2023.

Thumbnail of VF-PS: How to Select Important Participants in Vertical Federated Learning, Efficiently and Securely?.

VF-PS: How to Select Important Participants in Vertical Federated Learning, Efficiently and Securely?. Paper

Jiawei Jiang, Lukas Burkhalter, Fangcheng Fu, Bolin Ding, Bo Du, Anwar Hithnawi, Bo Li, Ce Zhang

NeurIPS (Spotlight) 2022.

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Cryptographic Auditing for Collaborative Learning Paper

Hidde Lycklama, Nicolas Küchler, Alexander Viand, Emanuel Opel, Lukas Burkhalter, Anwar Hithnawi

ML Safety Workshop at NeurIPS 2022

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Zeph: Cryptographic Enforcement of End-to-End Data Privacy. Paper Slides Github Video

Lukas Burkhalter*, Nicolas Küchler*, Alexander Viand, Hossein Shafagh, Anwar Hithnawi

USENIX OSDI 2021.

Thumbnail of SoK: Fully Homomorphic Encryption Compilers.

SoK: Fully Homomorphic Encryption Compilers. Paper Slides Github Website Video

Alexander Viand, Patrick Jattke, Anwar Hithnawi

IEEE Security and Privacy (Oakland) 2021.

Thumbnail of Droplet: Decentralized Authorization and Access Control for Encrypted Data Streams.

Droplet: Decentralized Authorization and Access Control for Encrypted Data Streams. Paper Slides Github Website Video

Hossein Shafagh, Lukas Burkhalter, Sylvia Ratnasamy, Anwar Hithnawi

USENIX Security 2020.

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TimeCrypt: Encrypted Data Stream Processing at Scale with Cryptographic Access Control. Paper Slides Github Website Video

Lukas Burkhalter, Anwar Hithnawi, Alexander Viand, Hossein Shafagh, Sylvia Ratnasamy

USENIX NSDI 2020.

Research Highlights

Verifiable Fully Homomorphic Encryption
Security and Robustness of Collaborative Learning
FHE Development Ecosystem: Tools, Compilers & Challenges
HECO: Automatic Code Optimizations for Efficient FHE
Zeph: Cryptographic Enforcement of Privacy