My Research Inclination

Aniket Kate

My research interests lie at the intersection of cryptography, distributed systems, and privacy. I design, implement, and analyze privacy-preserving, and accountability-enhancing systems.

With the rise of personal computers and the Internet in the last three decades, cryptography has received a tremendous amount of attention, which has led to its rapid and extensive development. However, only a small fraction of this extensive cryptographic research is being used in practice. Practitioners and systems researchers prefer to build their systems using the basic encryption and signature schemes, and generally reliable but theoretically unsound security assumptions as many existing elaborate cryptographic protocols are not designed with careful consideration of real-world systems issues and threats. With few exceptions, these issues have remained largely unaddressed in the cryptography research community.

My work aims at bridging this gap between cryptography, and system security and privacy. Along with producing mathematically and theoretically elegant cryptographic results, I endeavor to make them useful in the real world and give the utmost attention to the usefulness of my work in practical scenarios. In the long run, my goal is to realize better authentication, privacy and robustness guarantees for ever-growing Internet-based systems by developing advanced-yet-practical cryptographic tools.

My current projects focus on developing cryptographic systems for privacy and decentralized trust in three key contexts (i) blockchains and cryptocurrencies, (ii) anonymous communication networks, and (iii) privacy-preserving and distributed learning and inference.

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