Vinod Vaikuntanathan, assistant professor in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department has been selected by Microsoft Research as a 2014 Faculty Fellow. He is one of seven chosen as Faculty Fellow this year. The fellowship is designed to recognize innovative, promising new faculty members who are exploring breakthrough, high-impact research that has the potential to help solve some current and most challenging societal problems.
Vaikuntanathan, the Steven and Renee Finn Career Development Assistant Professor of Computer Science and a principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), is primarily interested in the theory and practice of cryptography working on lattice-based cryptography. Specifically, Vinod works on building advanced crypotographic primitives using integer lattices; on leakage-resilient cryptography, defining and developing algorithms resilient against adversarial information leakage; and more recently, Vinod works on the theory and practice of computing on encrypted data, constructing powerful cryptographic objects such as fully homomorphic encryption and functional encryption. Vinod got his Ph.D. from MIT where he received a 2009 George M. Sprowls Award for the best MIT Ph.D. thesis in Computer Science. He is also a recipient of the 2008 IBM Josef Raviv Postdoctoral Fellowship, the 2009, the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and a 2014 NSF CAREER award.