Associate Professor, Computer Science
Seny Kamara is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. Prior to joining Brown, he was a Researcher in the Cryptography Research Group at Microsoft Research. His research interests are in cryptography and security with a focus on privacy issues in surveillance, cloud computing and databases. Along with collaborators, his influential work on encrypted search algorithms, attacks and systems has laid the foundation and pushed the state-of-the-art of encrypted database technologies.
Professor Kamara’s research has been cited by several European Union studies and influential policy blogs. He has given over forty keynotes and invited talks and his work has been featured in numerous venues including Forbes, The Register, Lawfare and the MIT Technology Review. In 2016, he was appointed by the National Academies of Sciences to the committee on Law Enforcement and Encryption to study the options and tradeoffs with law enforcement access to data in an era of widespread encryption. The Boston Global Foundation named Professor Kamara as a Dukakis Leadership Fellow in 2016 for his work and commitment to global peace. In 2006, he was a research fellow at the UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics.
He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
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