Seny Kamara

Associate Professor, Brown University

Lab: Encrypted Systems Lab (blog)
twitter: @senykam
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I am an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brown University and a Distinguished Scientist at MongoDB where I manage the Advanced Cryptography Research Group. Before its acquisition by MongoDB, I was co-founder and Chief Scientist at Aroki Systems. Prior to that, I was a research scientist at Microsoft Research.

My research is in cryptography and is driven by real-world problems from privacy, security and surveillance. I have worked extensively on the design and cryptanalysis of encrypted search algorithms, which are efficient algorithms to search 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, databases, networking, game theory and technology policy.

I co-direct the Encrypted Systems Lab and am affiliated with the CAPS group, the Data Science Initiative, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies and the Policy Lab.

If you are interested in working in the Encrypted Systems Lab, please read this before sending me an email.

In the Fall, I teach Algorithms for the People (blog); a course that surveys, critiques and aspires to address the ways in which computer science & technology affect marginalized communities.




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