Seny Kamara

Associate Professor, Brown University

email: seny@brown.edu
twitter: @senykam
blog: outsourcedbits.org
pub key: B80B 84AC 9C5D 174D


I am an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. I am a member of the CAPS group and direct the Encrypted Systems Lab (ESL). From 2008 to 2016, I was a researcher at Microsoft Research (Redmond Lab). My work is motivated by issues in privacy and surveillance and focuses on the design and analysis of encrypted systems; that is, systems that work on end-to-end encrypted data. I maintain interests in various aspects of theory and systems, including applied and theoretical cryptography, data structures and algorithms, cloud computing, data management, economics, technology policy and networking.

  • Check out the Brown CAPS group!

  • We released the Clusion encrypted search library open source (under GPLv.3)

  • Thank you to the Boston Global Forum!

  • We released the draft of our ECRYPT report on Future Directions in Computing on Encrypted Data (pdf).

  • Our paper on inference attacks was invited to Real-World Crypto.

  • Our work on inference attacks on encrypted DBs (pdf) was covered by Forbes, Ars Technica (1, 2), the Register and Inside MSR


Recent Publications (full list)




Recent Talks & Lectures (full list)




Program (co-)chair:

  • ACM Cloud Computing Security Workshop (CCSW '12)
  • Workshop on Surveillance and Technology (SAT '15)
Events (co-)organized:

While at MSR, I worked with the following outstanding group of students: