Angelos Pelecanos

I am a first-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, fortunate to be advised by Prof. Shafi Goldwasser.

My research interests lie in the theoretical analysis of practical cryptosystems, such as block ciphers, and in cryptography in the quantum age.

In Spring 2022 I received an M.Eng. degree from MIT, where I was lucky to work under the supervision of Prof. Vinod Vaikuntanathan. I graduated with a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering and in Mathematics in Spring 2021 from the same institution. I am grateful for the mentorship of Prof. Virginia Vassilevska Williams during my undergraduate studies.

Email: apelecan at berkeley dot edu.


Classical vs Quantum Advice under Classically-Accessible Oracle.
Xingjian Li, Qipeng Liu, Angelos Pelecanos, Takashi Yamakawa

Layout Graphs, Random Walks, and the t-wise independence of of SPN block ciphers.
Tianren Liu, Angelos Pelecanos, Stefano Tessaro, Vinod Vaikuntanathan


Ph.D. in Computer Science 2022 - Present
University of California Berkeley
M.Eng. in Computer Science and Engineering 2021 - 2022
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering and Mathematics 2017 - 2021
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Classical vs Quantum Advice and Proofs under Classically-Accessible Oracle
  • Quantum Brainstorming Session, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, Spring 2023


Reviewer for CRYPTO 2023
Teaching Assistant for
Quantum Query Complexity, PCMI Graduate Summer School, July 2023


Advanced Algorithms (6.854)Fall 2021
Teaching Assistant
Design and Analysis of Algorithms (6.046)Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Teaching Assistant

Professional Experience

Hudson River TradingSummer 2021
Algorithm Developer Intern
CitadelSummer 2019
Software Engineering Intern
Tech Square TradingWinter 2019
Quantitative Trading Intern
QuantCoSummer 2018
Software Engineering Intern