Grant Ho

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I am a third-year Ph.D. student in computer science at UC Berkeley, where I am advised by Vern Paxson and David Wagner. Broadly, my research studies how we can soundly leverage large-scale data to improve computer security. My current work falls into two categories: conducting large-scale empirical analysis to uncover novel insights about the structure of important security problems and developing new machine learning/data-driven techniques to defend against broad classes of attacks. I am a member of the SCRUB, CESR, and CLTC research centers, and the recipient of a Facebook Ph.D. Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

As an undergraduate, I attended Stanford University and graduated with honors in 2014. At Stanford, I researched web and mobile security topics with Dan Boneh. I also served as a teaching assistant for Stanford's computer security course and several other courses in the department. During my last two summers at Stanford, I interned on Google's Safe Browsing Team and explored problems related to large-scale malware and abusive software.

At Berkeley, I started and currently organize the Berkeley Security Seminar. If you work on large-scale security and privacy problems and would like to give a technical talk, please send me an email! I also organize an annual research meetup with Stanford: the Bay Area Security Research Summit. If you are a security researcher in industry and have interest in attending future summits, please email me.

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For my undergraduate summers after junior and senior year, I interned on Google's Safe Browsing Team, where I worked on web malware detection (in 2013) and binary analysis (in 2014); my mentors were Lucas Ballard, Moheeb Rajab, and Niels Provos. During earlier summers, I developed software for Android devices in Ron Fedkiw's graphics lab and at Amazon's Lab 126.


Several years ago, I used to be an active chess player. My USCF rating is 2111 and I am a two-time US National co-champion (tied for first) in the 8th grade and 9th grade divisions. I've also won first place at the Florida State Chess Championship a few times; the high school division in 2008 (as a 10th grader) and the middle school division in 2005. Currently, I spend a lot of my time as a researcher and student, but I enjoy occasionally playing blitz and watching the games of some of my favorite players (Carlsen and Topalov) at the latest tournaments. My favorite book is "Play like a Grandmaster" by Kotov and one of my favorite games is Kramnik vs. Topalov at Corus 2005.

As an undergrad at Stanford, I played Ultimate Frisbee until I broke my leg; but I still have many good memories and friends from my Frisbee days. These days, when I spend time away from my research, I enjoy working out at the gym, beach volleyball, and reading.