448, Coordinated Science Lab

1308 W Main St

Urbana, IL 61801

I am a fifth year Ph.D. student in Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advised by Prof. David Nicol. I also work closely with Prof. Sean Smith and his students in the Trust Lab at Dartmouth College.

I study computer security through the lens of applied mathematics. I have been looking at ways in which we can discover optimal strategies for network security and how this might help defend our critical infrastructures (like the power grid) better. I believe security should be a measurable property for any network and these measurements should help inform our decision making.

Prior to Illinois, I was a researcher in the Smart Energy Informatics Lab at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. I worked with Prof. Krithi Ramamritham to develop sensing solutions to retrofit buildings in order to make them occupant aware and energy intelligent.

I got my undergraduate degree in Telecommunications Engineering from SRM University, Chennai, India. My senior year, was spent at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (course 6), where my senior thesis dealt with seamless data transfer over a local peer-to-peer cloud, among mobile devices.