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Yashvanth Kondi is a PhD student in the Cryptography program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Abhi Shelat. Yashvanth’s research involves the design of efficient cryptographic protocols, and he is currently studying garbled circuits as a primitive. Prior to joining the PhD program at Northeastern, Yashvanth earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Technology degrees from the International Institute of Information Technology in Bangalore, India.
- MTech, International Institute of Information Technology – Bangalore, India
- BTech, International Institute of Information Technology – Bangalore, India
- Hometown: Bangalore, India
- Field of Study: Algorithms & Theory
- PhD Advisor: Abhi Shelat
What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?
I’m doing my PhD at CCIS, under the supervision of Professor Abhi Shelat.
What are your research interests?
My research interests lie in the design of efficient cryptographic protocols. I was always generally interested in theoretical computer science, but I locked in on cryptography after the very first lecture I attended of the undergrad crypto course back home.
What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?
I’m currently studying questions related to Yao’s garbled circuits.
What aspect of what you do is most interesting?
The fact that we can perform so many tasks with incredibly strong security guarantees using cryptography fascinates me.
What are your research or career goals, going forward?
I’d like to be part of the effort to deploy MPC to build real world systems with stronger security guarantees.