Ben Smyth

“Someday there'll be a cure for pain; that's the day I throw my shoes away.” - Dean Karnazes


Apr 13, 2015. My anonymity definition for DAA and attack against the RSA-based scheme will appear in SCP.
Jan 26, 2015. My secrecy analysis technique using ProVerif phases will appear at POST'15.
Dec 20, 2014. I am a member of the FiCloud'15 Program Committee.
May 1, 2014. I have been acknowledged by Microsoft for my TLS truncation attacks.
Feb 20, 2014. I am a member of the CloudCom'14 Program Committee.
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I am a postdoctoral researcher at INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt in the Prosecco team based at Place d'Italie, Paris, France, and the founder of Forget Me Do. I am interested in Formal Verification and Computer Security. My current research focuses on the application of formal methods for automatic analysis of security protocols. The objective of this work is to facilitate the design of secure protocols in an efficient and cost effective manner. My work involves developing tools tailored to the analysis of security properties during the software design process. This research will help avoid the current situation whereby numerous protocols are deployed and subsequently found to be insecure.

Internships. I am currently seeking PhD, masters and undergraduate students for internships on projects that are aligned with my research interests. Please contact me to discuss this opportunity further


I was a Doctoral Researcher (October 2006 to September 2010) working on the EPSRC UbiVal project at the University of Birmingham, UK, under the supervision of Mark Ryan. My thesis Formal verification of cryptographic protocols with automated reasoning focused on the application of formal methods to the automated analysis of security protocols with a particular emphasis on electronic voting schemes and the Direct Anonymous Attestation (DAA) trusted computing protocol. During my doctoral research, I spent five months at École Normale Supérieure for an internship, under the supervision of Bruno Blanchet with funding from the Direction générale de l'armement. In addition, I was a postdoctoral researcher working on the ERC ProSecure project and ANR AVOTÉ project at LORIA in Nancy, France (October 2010 to June 2011) under the supervision of Véronique Cortier and I was a Toshiba Research Fellow (July 2011 to July 2012) at Toshiba's Corporate Research & Development Center in Kawasaki, Japan.

Professional Activities

Programme Committee Memberships: FiCloud'15, CloudCom'14, FCS-FCC'14, ISPEC'12, TGC'12, ICICS'10, FCS-PrivMod'10, and NDT'09.


Ben Smyth
INRIA (Équipe Prosecco),
23 avenue d'Italie,
CS 81321,
75214 Paris Cedex 13,
Telephone: +33 (0) 1 39 63 78 10