Sophie Rain

University Assistant, PhD Student

I am a PhD student at FORSYTE under the supervision of Laura Kovács. I hold a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Mathematics from TU Wien. My studies of math taught me to be precise and use an unambiguous and gap free notation in proofs.  In several Computer Science classes and also on my term abroad I learned that developing an interesting theoretic concept is nice but it is even more fun to automate it in a second step. Thus, working in FORSYTE is a perfect fit for me.

My main research interests are Logic, Security of Blockchain Applications, Game Theory and Automated Reasoning.

In my PhD, I work on game-theoretically verifying static security properties of distributed protocols. Distributed protocols are used in various Blockchain technologies, such as Bitcoin. We aim to develop a tool, which, given the specification of a distributed protocol, can tell if/under which conditions certain security properties are satisfied.

If you are a student, who is interested in developing game-theoretical models, analyzing them, encoding them in logical formulas, or work on the software implementation of the tool, feel free to contact me via email. I am happy to talk about possible semester, Bachelor or Master projects.

Publications

Sophie Rain, Zeta Avarikioti, Laura Kovács and Matteo Maffei
“Towards Game-Theoretic Security Analysis of Off-Chain Protocols”

Neta Elad, Sophie Rain, Neil Immerman, Laura Kovács  and Mooly Sagiv
“Summing Up Smart Transitions”

Teaching

Formal Methods in Computer Science (185.291, VU, 4.0h, 6.0 ECTS)

Master Thesis Co-supervision of Lea Brugger (ongoing)

 

Address:
Sophie Rain
Technische Universität Wien
Institut für Logic and Computation 192/4
Favoritenstraße 9–11
1040 Wien
Austria

Room: HD 03 23 (how to get there)
Phone: +43 (1) 58801 – 192 417
Email: srain@forsyte.at
Web: http://forsyte.at/~rain/

 

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