Dr. Gaven Watson joined Visa Research as a Sr. Staff Research Scientist in November 2018. Gaven received his PhD and M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of London in 2010 and 2006, respectively, and received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from Heriot-Watt University in 2005. Prior to joining Visa, Gaven was a Solutions Architect and Product Manager at Cryptomathic, working on HSM-backed solutions for areas including key management, PIN management and EMV authorization. Before working at Cryptomathic, he was a postdoc at the University of Calgary with Professor Rei Safavi, and at the University of Bristol with Professor Nigel Smart.
As a member of the advanced-cryptography team, his research interests are in practice-oriented provable security with particular focus towards authenticated encryption, key exchange and secure payments. He has published papers in several international conferences, Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS), Eurocrypt, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P) and others.