Grant Ho


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I am a second-year Ph.D. student in computer science at UC Berkeley, where I am advised by Vern Paxson and David Wagner. My research seeks to improve computer security by uncovering novel insights about systems, organizations, and human behavior through large-scale data analysis and empirical studies; leveraging these insights, I then work on building secure systems and designing effective policies and interventions. 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've created 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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Teaching Experience

At Stanford, I had the great pleasure of serving as a teaching assistant/course assistant for five courses. I look forward to teaching more at Berkeley.

Work Experience

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.

Personal

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.