ACM Awards Raluca Ada Popa, President and Founding father of Opaque Methods and UC Berkeley PhD, the 2021 Grace Murray Hopper Award

Opaque Methods, the corporate pioneering Confidential AI and Analytics which allows collaborative analytics and AI for confidential computing, introduced its president and co-founder Raluca Ada Popa, MS, PhD, is the recipient of the 2021 AMC Grace Murray Hopper Award. Raluca Ada Popa is acknowledged for her distinctive affect and contributions to constructing safe methods centered on defending the confidentiality of information saved on distant servers together with not too long ago open sourced innovation MC2.

The ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award is given to excellent laptop professionals chosen on the idea of a single current main technical or service contribution. This prestigious honor comes at a time when confidential computing is experiencing rising market demand throughout World 2000 organizations. The Everest Group predicts that confidential computing will develop to a $54B market by 2026. Popa is accelerating innovation together with her firm, Opaque Methods, that raised its $22M Sequence A funding in June. Opaque gives the primary end-to-end platform for Confidential AI and Analytics that permits multi-party collaboration on analytics and machine studying straight on encrypted knowledge saved in Trusted Execution Environments (TEE’s).

“Raluca’s work is invaluable to the sphere of confidential computing, her analysis and innovation in confidential AI and Analytics is instrumental to the way forward for confidential computing” stated Ion Stoica, Opaque co-founder and board member. “The Opaque Methods staff is pleased with its excellent accomplishments, innovation and management.”

Created by Popa and the opposite Opaque Methods co-founders after in depth analysis within the RISELab at UC Berkeley, the MC2 open supply challenge and the Opaque Platform addresses a key, beforehand unaddressed problem with confidential computing: working safe, multi-party collaboration on analytics and machine studying/synthetic intelligence on encrypted knowledge. Now organizations can retailer their confidential knowledge in confidential computing cloud environments and allow a number of groups to run analytics and machine studying on encrypted knowledge whereas defending what’s revealed to every celebration. Consequently, Opaque Methods is unlocking key enterprise instances throughout industries similar to anti-money laundering, illness prediction and prevention, privacy-based advert options and extra.

“I’m delighted to obtain the 2021 ACM Grace Murray Hopper award,” stated Popa. “I’ve devoted my educational {and professional} profession to safety, methods and utilized cryptography, and this recognition is an honor. I look ahead to persevering with my work with the Opaque Methods staff as we push the frontiers of Confidential AI and Analytics and unlock the total potential of confidential computing.”

Popa obtained her Masters of Engineering in Pc Science in 2010 from MIT and in 2014, she accomplished her Ph.D. in laptop science, additionally at MIT. Her thesis was titled “Constructing Sensible Methods That Compute on Encrypted Knowledge,” which obtained the 2014 George Sprowls Ph.D. Thesis Award from the MIT Division of Electrical Engineering and Pc Science. Outdoors her position with Opaque, Popa is an affiliate professor at College of California Berkeley, the place she teaches programs in laptop science and cryptography.

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