I am an associate professor at UC Berkeley. I am interested in security, systems, and applied cryptography.
I co-founded and co-direct the RISELab
, a lab aiming to build systems that are secure and intelligent
and the DARE
program for promoting diversity and equity.
As faculty, I was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship
, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship
Bakar Faculty Fellowship
, and I was selected to the list of 35 innovators under 35
by MIT Technology Review.
Starting with 2021, I have been a co-founder and the President of Opaque Systems
Starting with 2015, I have been a co-founder (and served as CTO) of PreVeil
Before joining UC Berkeley, I did a one-year postdoc at ETH
Zürich in the System Security group led by Srdjan Capkun
Before that, in 2014, I completed my Ph.D. in computer science at MIT
, my thesis being about building practical systems that compute on encrypted data. My PhD thesis was awarded a George M. Sprowls Award
for best MIT CS doctoral theses.
My advisor was Nickolai
, and I was also fortunate to work closely with Hari Balakrishnan
in systems, and with Shafi Goldwasser
, Yael Kalai
, and Vinod Vaikuntanathan
I earned my
Masters of Engineering in Computer Science in 2010 and my two Bachelors in
Computer Science and Mathematics in 2009 also from MIT.
- Our paper on MAGE was awarded the J. Lepreau Best Paper Award at OSDI 2021.
- I am grateful for the 2021 Jim and Donna Gray Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Computer Science.
- My PhD student Rishabh Poddar co-founds and serves as CEO of Opaque Systems, a VC-funded startup for secure cloud analytics.
- My PhD student Wenting Zheng accepts an assistant professor offer at CMU.
- I am grateful to UC Berkeley and the Brooks family for the Brooks endowed chair.
We are open-sourcing many of our projects on secure collaborative computation in our MC2 project.
I taught a new graduate class on Decentralized Security: Theory and Systems, which includes hands-on tutorials on MPC, ZK proofs, and cryptocurrency wallets.
Thanks to the NSF for the NSF Expedition award for RISELab, $10 million.
In early 2019, I launched
, a diversity program aiming to match strong undergraduates, many from underrepresented backgrounds, with EECS professors for research. With help from EECS, we developed a web application system for DARE.
As of June 2020, 30 professors
are part of DARE, and a total of about 41 undergraduate students, many from underrepresented backgrounds, have engaged in research with EECS faculty.
I am a Program Chair and organizer of CCS 2020 workshop PPMLP: Privacy-preserving machine learning in practice
- SOSP 2021
- IEEE S&P (Oakland) 2020
- SOSP 2019
- NSDI 2019
- OSDI 2018
- NSDI 2018
- NDSS 2017
- Eurosys 2017
- VLDB 2017
- CCS 2016
- Usenix Security 2016 (also served as the poster chair)
- Eurosys 2016
- IEEE S&P (Oakland) 2015