Apoorvaa Deshpande

That's me 

Apoorvaa Deshpande
Ph.D. Student
Department of Computer Science, Brown University


Office: Room 421, CIT, 115 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912
Email: apoorvaa_deshpande [at] brown [dot] edu

Brief Biography

Welcome to my homepage! I am a fifth year graduate student at Brown University, department of Computer Science, advised by Prof. Anna Lysyankaya. I am also a visiting student at CSAIL, MIT working with Yael Kalai. I work in the area of cryptography; I am interested in fundamental cryptographic primitives such as pseudorandom functions, zero-knowledge proof systems and their applications to searchable encryption, anonymous credentials and the blockchain. Recently, I am working on building more expressive proof systems and using them towards privacy-preserving applications.

In the summer of 2018, I had an amazing time as an intern at Microsoft Research, New England with Yael Kalai. I spent the summer of 2017 in FACT Center, IDC Herzliya, Israel working with Alon Rosen and Elette Boyle. In the summer of 2015, I had the great opportunity to attend the Cryptography Program at the Simon's Institute for the Theory of Computing. Before Brown University, I completed my B.E (Hons) Computer Science + M.Sc (Hons) Mathematics from BITS Pilani University in 2013. After that, I spent a year at Microsoft Research India as a Research Intern, where I had a great experience working under the guidance of Raghav Bhaskar and Prasad Naldurg in security and privacy.

Along with computer science and research, an integral part of my life is my music. More about it here.


Invited Talks

  • I was invited to give a talk at the DIMACS/MACS Workshop on Cryptography for the RAM Model of Computation which was held in MIT Media Lab from June 8-10, 2016.
    Here is the workshop program and here are my slides for the talk.


You can find my (rather outdated) CV here.