My name is Albert Kwon, and I'm a fifth year Ph.D. student at MIT working with Srini Devadas. I'm broadly interested in security and privacy, with emphasis on applied cryptography. I've been working on privacy and anonymity in the cloud. My Master's thesis was on strongly anonymous communication system, and most recently I've been working on scaling strong anonymous communication.
Before MIT, I got my Bachelors of Science from University of Pennsylvania in EE and CIS in 2013. At UPenn, my undergrad research advisor was André DeHon.
Anonymity has been the focus of my research for past couple of years. A few questions of interest to me are:
- How can we guarantee freedom of speech online and protect everyone's privacy?
- How do we scale strong anonymity?
- How do we hold people accountable for their actions if everyone is anonymous?
- How do we establish trust if everyone is anonymous?
Albert Kwon, Henry Corrigan-Gibbs, Srinivas Devadas, and Bryan Ford
Kyle Soska, Albert Kwon, Nicolas Christin, and Srinivas Devadas
Albert Kwon, David Lazar, Srinivas Devadas, and Bryan Ford
Albert Kwon, Mashael Al-Sabah, David Lazar, Marc Dacier, and Srinivas Devadas
When a program accesses memory, when and where it accesses memory is sometimes just as important as what it accesses. Oblivious Random Access Memory is a cryptographic primitive that hides information leaked by the access pattern of a program. In my first year at MIT, I helped Chris and Ling improve and implement different ORAMs.
Ling Ren, Chris Fletcher, Albert Kwon, Emil Stefanov, Elain Shi, Marten van Dijk, and Srinivas Devadas
Chris Fletcher, Ling Ren, Albert Kwon, Marten van Dijk, and Srinivas Devadas
Chris Fletcher, Ling Ren, Albert Kwon, Marten van Dijk, Emil Stefanov, Dimitrios Serpanos, and Srinivas Devadas
Xiangyao Yu, Syed Kamran Haider, Ling Ren, Chris Fletcher, Albert Kwon, Marten van Dijk, and Srinivas Devadas
In my undergrad, I worked on a secure processor as part of the SAFE project. It provided hardware support for memory safety, information flow tracking, and other security features.
Albert Kwon, Udit Dhawan, Jonathan M Smith, Thomas F Knight Jr, and André DeHon
Sunoo Park, Albert Kwon, Joel Alwen, Georg Fuchsbauer, Peter Gazi, and Krzysztof Pietrzak
Albert Kwon, Kaiyu Zhang, Perk Lun Lim, Yuchen Pan, Jonathan M Smith, and André DeHon
I enjoy teaching computer science quite a bit,
and have been part of several classes as a TA.
Here's a list of classes I've helped teach at MIT and UPenn.
- 6.858: Computer Systems Security (Fall 2015)
- 6.046: Introduction to Algorithms (Spring 2015)
- CIS320: Introduction to Algorithms (Spring 2013)
- CIS380: Operating Systems (Fall 2012)
- CIS240: Introduction to Computing Systems (Fall 2011)
- CIS192: Python Programming (Spring 2011)
When I'm not working, I spend majority of my time with my other half. When I'm not spending time with her, I'm usually part taking in one of my less productive hobbies. They include:
- Video games
- Board games
- Super hero movies and TV shows