Sruthi Sekar

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Integrated Ph.D. Student (4th Year)

Mathematics Department, IISc, Bangalore

AREA OF RESEARCH: Cryptography

Ph.D. ADVISORS: Dr. Bhavana Kanukurthi (CSA Department, IISc), Dr. Manjunath Krishnapur (Mathematics Department, IISc)

                                                                                                                                

RESEARCH DETAILS:

Current Research interests: Non-malleable Codes, Privacy Amplification, Extractors, Blind Signatures, Functional Encryption.

Other Subjects that interest me: Probability Theory, Complexity Theory

Publications (dblp):

  1. Four-state Non-malleable Codes with Explicit Constant Rate.
    Joint work with: Bhavana Kanukurthi, Sai Lakshmi Bhavana Obbattu.
    TCC 2017 (Invited to Journal of Cryptology)
  2. Non-malleable Randomness Encoders and their Applications.
    Joint work with: Bhavana Kanukurthi, Sai Lakshmi Bhavana Obbattu.
    Eurocrypt 2018
  3. Privacy Amplification from Non-malleable codes.
    Joint work with: Eshan Chattopadhyay, Bhavana Kanukurthi, Sai Lakshmi Bhavana Obbattu.
    Indocrypt 2019
  4. Registration-Based Encryption from Standard Assumptions.
    Joint work with: Sanjam Garg, Mohammad Hajiabadi, Mohammad Mahmoody, Ahmedreza Rahimi.
    PKC 2019

Research Visit:

  1. UC Berkeley, California (hosted by Sanjam Garg): May 2018 – August 2018
  2. (Short Visit) IIT Bombay (hosted by Manoj Prabhakaran): Oct 2019

                                                                                                                                

RECENT AWARDS:

  1. Prof. K. Venkatchalaienger Scholarship for the year 2019-20.
  2. Prof. P L Bhatnagar Medal (best student in Int PhD, Mathematics)
  3. TCS Research Fellowship 2018 (Thanks to TCS for the fellowship!)

                                                                                                                                

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

Teaching Experience:

  1. [Aug-Dec 2019] Design and Analysis of Algorithms
    Supervisor: Prof Arindam Khan, Prof. Anand Louis
  2. [Jan-Apr 2019] Teaching Assistant for undergrad Analysis II
    Supervisor: Prof Apoorva Khare
  3. [Jan-Apr 2017] Teaching Assistant for Analysis and Linear Algebra II
    Supervisor: Prof. Tirthankar Bhattacharya.
  4. [Aug-Dec 2017] Teaching Assistant for Algebra I
    Supervisor: Dr. Abhishek Banerjee
  5. [Aug-Dec 2017] Teaching Assistant for Theoretical Foundations of Cryptography Supervisor: Dr. Bhavana Kanukurthi
  6.  [2016-current] Part of the English initiative program (Notebook Drive, IISc)
    – Teaching English at a school (5th – 7th standard)
  7.  [2011-12] Taught school children at Lady Shri Ram College as a part of Child Development Program (NSS).

Talks:

  1. Zero Knowledge Proofs, ISEA Workshops in Cryptography – Part 2 – Selected topics in Cryptography, 2016
  2. Introduction to Cryptography, Lady Shri Ram College For Women, New Delhi , 22nd September 2017 [details]
  3. Some Cryptographic Primitives, IISc-SIAM Student Talk series, Bangalore, 31st January 2018 [video]
  4. Non-malleable Randomness Encoders and their Application,
    Eurocrypt 2018 [pdf][video]
  5. Privacy Amplification from Non-malleable Codes,
    VISA Research (invited talk), 11th June 2018.
  6. Privacy Amplification, Women in Theory 2018 Rump Session,
    Harvard University, 20th June 2018.
  7. Privacy Amplification from Non-malleable Codes,
    UCLA (invited talk), 27th July 2018.
  8. Privacy Amplification from Non-malleable Codes,
    UT Austin (invited talk), 10th August 2018 [details]
  9. Registration-Based Encryption from Standard Assumptions,
    PKC 2019 [ppsx]

Event organization:

Student organizer for IACR-IISc School on Cryptology (4th-8th Jan 2018)

                                                                                                                                

OTHER INFORMATION:

My Biodata: SruthiSekar_CV

Hobbies: Adventure Sports, Swimming, Hiking, Sketching, Playing Keyboard and Guitar, Singing, Photography.

                                                                                                                                

CONTACT DETAILS:

CrySP Lab (326), CSA Department, IISc

Email: sruthisekar[at]iisc.ac.in, sruthi.sekar1[at]gmail.com