Portrait of Ranjit Kumaresan

Ranjit Kumaresan



Welcome! I recently joined Microsoft Research Redmond. Until October 2016, I was a postdoc at MIT CSAIL under Prof. Vinod Vaikuntanathan. Previously I completed my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Maryland under Prof. Jonathan Katz and a postdoc at the Technion under Prof. Yuval Ishai. I did my undergrad at IIT Madras and was advised by Prof. C. Pandu Rangan.

My current research interests are in secure computation and Bitcoin. Recently I have worked on using Bitcoin to design fair protocols. I have also invented several new techniques to improve the efficiency of generic protocols for secure computation. One direction that I’m interested in exploring further is the use of Bitcoin to design cryptographic protocols that offer new capabilities.