I am looking for motivated students that want to do research with me on various privacy topics. My main research topics are:
- Privacy-preserving searchable encryption.
- Privacy-preserving machine learning.
- Anonymous communications.
- Differential privacy.
I am open to work on other privacy-related topics as long as there is some common interest. The privacy problems that I work on usually rely on looking for ways in which an attacker could learn sensitive information about the users of a system. For this, I rely on mathematical techniques such as Bayesian inference or maximum likelihood estimation, and sometimes leverage machine learning to help with solving optimization problems. My research has a strong statistical component, so you should be comfortable with probability theory, Bayesian inference, maximum likelihood, etc. To learn more about the type of work that I do, you can skim through some of my works on searchable encryption (e.g., perhaps the easiest is this paper [slides]), anonymous communications (e.g, this paper [slides]), or machine learning (this paper).
If you want to apply, please send me an email and include your resume/CV. Please include the following in your email subject, to show that you have read this website: “[Prospective Student]”. I will not reply to emails that do not include this in the subject. Also check the general admission process of ECE UBC.
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