Ghous Amjad

+1 (401) 837-4081 ยท

I am a second year PhD student at Brown CS where I work on problems in the area of Cryptography and Applied Cryptography with Seny Kamara and Tarik Moataz. I am a member of the Encrypted Systems Lab and CAPS group at Brown. Recently, my research has been particularly focused on Encrypted Search and Structured Encryption where I work on designing and implementing provably secure, efficient and usable schemes with well defined leakage profiles, that also guarantee various desirable security properties of Searchable Symmetric Encryption schemes such as Forward Privacy, Snapshot Security etc.

Before coming to Brown, I was an undergrad at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and was advised by Fareed Zaffar. In LUMS, I worked on projects in different areas of Computer Science such as Privacy, Networks and Graphics etc.

Please email me for a detailed list of my research and other projects!

Recent News:

Our paper on Breach Resistant Structured Encryption will appear in PETS 2019.


Breach-Resistant Structured Encryption

G. Amjad, T. Moataz, S. Kamara
To appear in PETS '19

Forgetting with Puzzles: Using Cryptographic Puzzles to support Digital Forgetting

G. Amjad, S. Mirza, C. Pöpper


Experience / Education

PhD Candidate at Brown

Advisor: Seny Kamara
  • Major: Computer Science.
  • Recieved my Master of Science degree in May 2018.
  • Primarily working on designing and implementing Searchable Encryption Schemes.
August 2016 - Present

Research Assistant at NYU Abu Dhabi

  • Our Research was focused on the area of Digital Forgetting.
June 2016 - August 2016

Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant and Undergrad at LUMS

Advisor: Fareed Zaffar
  • Major: Computer Science. Graduated with the NMF Gold Medal and the Award of Distinction.
  • I have served as a Teaching Assistant for Discrete Mathematics, Data Structures, Operating Systems and Digital Image Processing.
August 2012 - May 2016

Selected Coursework

Advanced Programming, Software Security and Exploitation, Topics in Advanced Cryptography, Topics in Applied Cryptography, Topics in Software Security, Probabilistic Methods in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Computer Vision, Digital Image Processing, Operating Systems, Network Security, Software Engineering, Databases, Network Security, Cryptography: Classical and Quantum, Topics in Internet Research, Applied Probability


Java, Python, MATLAB, C/C++, Spark, Clusion, Network Simulator, SQL, Android, Spark, Emulab, HTML, TCL, MIPS, JSP, Bash Scripting, R, Ruby on Rails, Pyret

Other Interests / Random Things

I love to travel. I have been to a few different countries and a lot of cities in the United States. For me, the best thing about travel is that I get to sample and relish in the local cuisine.

I recently visited Japan. Majority of my time was spent in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. I did take day trips to Yokohama and Nara. I miss the food I had there everyday.

I love New York!

Lahore is the best city ever though! Well, you can say I am a little biased.

I am currently the Chair of Technology on the Brown Graduate Student Council. I also serve on the GSC International Committee led by the Chair of International Advocacy.

Contact Me

Get in touch for a detailed resume or for any other queries. I can be reached either by phone (+1 401-837-4081) or email.