I'm a graduate student in computer science at MIT CSAIL, working with Professor Ronald L. Rivest and supported by NSF Center for Science of Information. I obtained my B.Sc. degree from University of Latvia, where I was fortunate to be advised by Professor Andris Ambainis.
Publications (also on DBLP, Google Scholar and arXiv)
E. Ben-Sasson, A. Chiesa, C. Garman, M. Green, I. Miers, E. Tromer and M. Virza. Zerocash: Practical Decentralized Anonymous E-Cash from Bitcoin // To appear in IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy 2014
E. Ben-Sasson, A. Chiesa, E. Tromer and M. Virza. Succinct Non-Interactive Arguments for a von Neumann Architecture // Under submission [eprint]
E. Ben-Sasson, A. Chiesa, D. Genkin, E. Tromer and M. Virza. SNARKs for C: Verifying Program Executions Succinctly and in Zero Knowledge // In proceedings of the 33rd International Cryptology Conference (CRYPTO 2013) [eprint] [doi] [talk @ YouTube/TheIACR]
A. Ambainis, D. Kravchenko, N. Nahimov, A. Rivosh and M. Virza. On symmetric nonlocal games // Theoretical Computer Science 494 (2013), pp. 36–48. [doi]
A. Ambainis, A. Bačkurs, K. Balodis, A. Škuškovniks, J. Smotrovs and M. Virza. Worst case analysis of non-local games // In proceedings of the 39th International Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science (SOFSEM 2013) [arXiv] [doi]
A. Ambainis, J. Iraids, D. Kravchenko and M. Virza. Advantage of Quantum Strategies in Random Symmetric XOR Games // In proceedings of the 8th Doctoral Workshop on Mathematical and Engineering Methods (MEMICS 2012) [doi]
A. Ambainis, A. Bačkurs, K. Balodis, D. Kravchenko, R. Ozols, J. Smotrovs and M. Virza. Quantum strategies are better than classical in almost any XOR game // In proceedings of the 39th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming (ICALP 2012); earlier version presented at QIP 2012 poster session [arXiv] [doi]
M. Virza. Galuā lauku realizācija, izmantojot vispārējās programmēšanas paradigmu (Generic programming implementation of Galois fields) // Term project at University of Latvia [pdf] (in Latvian)
In popular press
“Detecting program-tampering in the cloud”: A new version of ‘zero-knowledge proofs’ allows cloud customers to verify the proper execution of their software with a single packet of data. [MIT News Office]
“EECS graduate students Alessandro Chiesa, Madars Virza devise new system to detect program tampering in the cloud” [MIT EECS News]
Q: How do you pronounce your name?
A: Madars is pronounced as MA-dars with stress on the first syllable and each “a” as in “drama”. However, most Americans find it easier to pronounce it as ma-DARS with stress on the second syllable and the second “a” like in “hard”, which I don't mind and actually like. My surname is pronounced as veehr-za with rolled “r” and “za” as in “plaza” but I prefer to be called by my first name.