My research helps programmers write trustworthy programs. My primary area of interest is language-based information security: using programming language techniques to provide information security assurance. You can find out more about my research in this research statement (from August 2015).
- Fine-Grained, Language-Based Access Control for Database-Backed Applications, Programming 2020 .
- Trials and Tribulations in Synthesizing Operating Systems, PLOS 2019 .
- Relational Symbolic Execution, PPDP 2019 .
- Information Flow Control for Distributed Trusted Execution Environments, CSF 2019 .
- Programming with Flow-Limited Authorization: Coarser is Better, EuroS&P 2019 .
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
Information about the Harvard SEAS undergraduate program in Computer Science is available at https://csadvising.seas.harvard.edu/. This website answers a lot of common questions, and has links to forms.
DUS Office hours (in Maxwell Dworkin 145): My office hours for the next two weeks are:
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My DUS office hours are drop-in individual meetings. No appointment is necessary. For course office hours, please see the relevant course web page.
If you are unable to attend my office hours, or have an urgent matter, you are welcome to email me to arrange an appointment. You can also try co-DUS Prof Barak's office hours.
In Fall 2019 I am teaching CS153: Compilers.
- CS 61: Systems Programming and Computer Organization Fall 2010, Fall 2011.
- CS 152: Programming Languages Spring 2010, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
- CS 153: Compilers Fall 2018, Fall 2019.
- CS 252r: Advanced Topics in Programming Languages Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Spring 2019.
Information for (undergraduate and graduate) students that are interested in joining my research group can be found here. Please read this page before contacting me. General information for Harvard undergraduates interested in research in Computer Science is available here.
- Computing Over Distributed Sensitive Data: Achieve many benefits of data sharing without data owners having to share the data.
- Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data: Enhance technologies and policies to protect personal data used in research studies.
- Previous projects
- Shrutarshi Basu (post doc)
- Aaron Bembenek
- Jingmei Hu
- Anitha Gollamudi
- David Holland
- Ming Kawaguchi (post doc)
- Elisavet Kozyri (post doc)
- Jian Xiang (post doc)
- Programming Languages at Harvard
- Embedded EthiCS @ Harvard
- Center for Research on Computation and Society
- SecDev 2019 Program Committee Co-chair (with Nikhil Swamy).
- PLAS 2019 Program Committee.
- PriSC 2020 Program Committee.
- Past activities:
- SecDev 2018 PC Co-chair (with Daphne Yao).
- CSF 2018 Co-chair (with Stéphanie Delaune).
- CSF 2017 Co-chair (with Boris Köpf).
- POPL 2017 Artifact Evaluation Committee co-chair (with Jean Yang).
- Co-chair of the NSF Workshop on Formal Methods for Security (with Joshua Guttman).
- POPL 2016 Artifact Evaluation Committee co-chair (with Arjun Guha).
- General chair CSF 2012 and CSF 2013.
- Co-chair of APLWACA 2010 (with Ben Livshits).
- Co-chair of PLAS 2009 (with David Naumann).
- Program committees: PLDI 2019 (ERC), HILT 2018, IEEE Security & Privacy 2018, POST 2018, APLAS 2017, SecDev 2017, PLMW @ PLDI 2017, POST 2017, ASPLOS 2017 (ERC), PLAS 2016, AAAI Fall Symposium on Privacy and Language Technologies, HILT 2016, SecDev 2016, OOPSLA 2016, SPLASH 2016 Workshops, FCS 2016, ECOOP 2016, EuroS&P 2016, POPL 2016 (ERC), PLAS 2015, POST 2015, POPL 2015 (ERC), OOPSLA 2014, TGC 2014, HILT 2014, PSP 2014, CSF 2014, FMS 2014, PLDI 2014 (ERC), ASPLOS 2014 (ERC), SEC@SAC14, HILT 2013, FOOL 2013, CCS 2013, SEC@SAC13, PLAS 2012, PPCloud 2011, FAST 2011, CCS 2010, CSF 2010, FCS-PrivMod 2010, WebApps ’10, Bytecode 2010, ASIAN 2009, HotSec ’09, FCS09, CSF 2008, PLAS 2007.
My research is currently supported by the National Science Foundation (under Award 1565387), the AFOSR, DARPA (BRASS and CHESS programs), and a Google Faculty Research Award. I have previously been supported by IARPA, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and NSF Awards 1054172, 1551249, 1237235, 1421770, 1524052.
I completed a Ph.D. at Cornell University in August 2008, under the guidance of Andrew Myers. Prior to graduate school, I spent several years working as a consultant and contractor. I received a B.Sc.(Hons) and B.A. from Victoria University of Wellington, in Wellington, New Zealand. My wife, Kiran Gajwani, is a Lecturer/Advisor in the Economics Department at Harvard.