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Lucianna Carvalhaes Kiffer                                                                                                 


Ph.D. , Computer Science                                             July 2016 - Present

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Area of focus: Blockchain Systems

Advisors: Alan Mislove and Rajmohan Rajaraman

Bachelor of Science, Mathematics                August 2012 - May 2016

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Coordinate Major: Computer Science


Under the Hood of the Ethereum Gossip Protocol

Lucianna Kiffer, Asad Salman, Dave Levin, Alan Mislove and Cristina Nita-Rotaru

FC 2021

HaPPY-mine: Designing a Mining Reward Function

Lucianna Kiffer and Rajmohan Rajaraman

FC 2021

Towards Optical Proof of Work

Michael Dubrovsky, Bogdan Penkovsky, Lucianna Kiffer and Marshall Ball

CES 2020

FlyClient: Super-Light Clients for Cryptocurrencies

Benedikt Bunz*, Lucianna Kiffer*, Loi Luu, and Mahdi Zamani

S&P 2020

* co-first-authors

Flyclient is currently being implemented/considered by several projects including Beam, Mimblewimble, and ZCash.

Analyzing Ethereum’s Contract Topology

Lucianna Kiffer, Dave Levin, and Alan Mislove

IMC 2018

A Better Method to Analyze Blockchain Consistency

Lucianna Kiffer, Rajmohan Rajaraman, and abhi shelat

CCS 2018

Stick a Fork in it: Analyzing the Ethereum Network Partition

Lucianna Kiffer, Dave Levin, and Alan Mislove

HotNets 2017


Facebook Fellowship [2020-2022]

2 year award of tuition and stipend

DFINITY Graduate Scholarship [2019]

$10,000 scholarship  

Ethereum Foundation Research Grant [2019]

$8,000 in AWS credit



Program Committee                                                                                 2020

4th Stanford Blockchain Conference    

Technical Program Committee                                                            2019

Workshop in Blockchains and Telecommunications in IEEE GLOBECOM   


Research Assistant                                                         July 2016 - Present

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

          Studying blockchain protocols, systems and security vulnerabilities.

Research Intern                                                                        Summer 2019


Tel Aviv, Israel

Studied the relationship between capital and operational costs in blockchain mining and its effects on miner incentives and cost of attack.

Teaching Assistant                                                                      Spring 2019

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

CS390  Introduction to Computer Science Research - Prof. David Choffnes

Research Intern                                                                        Summer 2018

Visa Research

Palo Alto, CA

Developed a light client protocol (FlyClient) for a succinct probabilistic proof of transaction inclusion in blockchain protocols.

Network Scientist Intern                                                      Summer 2017

Raytheon BBN Technologies

Cambridge, MA

          Analyzed semantic reasoning in decentralized systems of knowledge.

Computational Biology RA                                    Aug. 2014 - May 2016

Computer Science Department

Tulane University

Created an active learning algorithm for compound screening using Gaussian process regression and explored the effects of class imbalance in compound screening

Teaching Assistant                                               August 2013 - May 2016

Computer Science Department

Tulane University

           TA for Computer Science I, Fall 2015

           TA for Computer Systems, Spring 2015

           TA for Intro to Computer Science I and II, August 2013-December 2014

REU Combinatorics Program                                              Summer 2015

Computer Science Department

University of Maryland, College Park

          Experimented with game tree search and Monte Carlo methods to find exact and approximate values for Van der Waerdern game numbers.

Summer Research Fellowship                                            Summer 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Under the supervision of Stephen Langer

Worked in the applied and computational mathematics division on the materials science software OOF2 and OOF3D. Altered an outdated wrapper software and scripted a system to keep track of operational and installation commands and outputs for OOF, and created an error reporting GUI.

Intern/ Web developer                                    January 2014 - May 2014

Launchange Organization, New Orleans, LA

Helped in the  creation and organization of the startup of a social media   based entrepreneurial mentorship  website.



Treasurer                                                                                     April 2013 - May 2016

Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline and Education, Tulane University

Operated the hotline, managed funds, organized events, participated in trainings for the hotline and additional mental health related trainings

Council Member                                                            September 2015 - May 2016

Tulane Student Health Advisory Council

                Meet with faculty and head of student organizations related to student health to discuss and implement

Board Member                                                             April 2013 – September 2015

Tulane University Conduct Peer Advisory Council

                Receive training on conduct process to sit on the panel at student     conduct hearings and sentencing

Vice President/ Co-Founder                                          October 2013 - May 2015

Computer Science Club, Tulane University

                Helped organize events and speakers from local businesses

                Participated in programming competitions