Rocío Aldeco-Pérez is a Research Associate Professor at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Faculty of Engineering at the Department of Computer Engineering. She also collaborates at the The Institute for Research in Applied Mathematics and Systems at the Computer Science and Engineering Posgraduate Program.
She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southampton in the area of provenance as secure evidence for automatic audits. Rocío also holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico. During her studies she specialised in Computer Security.
She has led and collaborated in various research projects related to security, traceability and education. Currently, she is part of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at UNAM. She has also consulted and offered specialized courses to government and industry about privacy and security of information. In addition, she teaches courses related to Security and Cryptography at the Bachelor in Computer Engineering and the Master in Science and Engineering in Computing both at UNAM while continuing her research and supervising Bachelor’s and Master’s students.
She is co-founder of the Technovation Challenge Queretaro Chapter, a non-profit organization that empowers girls using technology to promote equality in STEM areas; the vice-chair of the Executive Committee of ACM-W North America, and an organizer and active member of the AMEXCOMP Women's chapter to promote equality in Computer Science in Mexico
Her research interest are:
Privacy of information: Developing new techniques to preserve information privacy during processing of data (pseudo-anonymization, anonymization).
Decentralised and Distributed Authentication Protocols: Improving and developing new protocols that support trust through the use of cryptographic evidence and provenance (i.e. blockchain and digital audits).
Applications of Blockchain to improve services: Creating government digital services that are transparent, traceable and trustworthy by the use of Blockchain.
Information Security: Improving and adapting information security techniques to new scenarios (i.e. Security in IoT, Anonymization in Data Science, Security and traceability in ML).