Nicholas Ward (강한진)
Hi! I'm Nick. I'm a masters student in computer science at UC Berkeley, advised by Alessandro Chiesa. My research focuses on cryptography, specifically succinct argument systems (also known as zkSNARKs and, colloquially, as zero-knowledge proofs) and their applications to blockchain systems. In addition to developing the theory of new protocols (see my publications below), I work on their practical implementation and deployment, as a core contributor to the arkworks Rust libraries (an ecosystem for creating proofs). My Erdős Number is four. I am an entirely different person from Nick Spooner.
Reducing Participation Costs via Incremental Verification for Ledger Systems
by Weikeng Chen, Alessandro Chiesa, Emma Dauterman, and Nicholas P. Ward*(authors ordered alphabetically)preprint, currently in submission • code (in Rust) available here
Marlin: Preprocessing zkSNARKs with Universal and Updatable SRS
by Alessandro Chiesa, Yuncong Hu, Mary Maller, Pratyush Mishra, Noah Vesely, and Nicholas P. Ward*(authors ordered alphabetically)Eurocrypt 2020 • code (in Rust) available here
Aurora: Transparent Succinct Arguments for R1CS
by Eli Ben-Sasson, Alessandro Chiesa, Michael Riabzev, Nicholas Spooner, Madars Virza, and Nicholas P. Ward*(authors ordered alphabetically)Eurocrypt 2019 • code (in C++) available here