Brent Waters

Dr. Brent Waters received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 2004. From 2004-2005, he was a post-doctoral at Stanford University then worked at SRI as a Computer Scientist. In 2008 he joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Waters' research interests are in the areas of cryptography computer security. His work has focused on Identity-Based Cryptography, Functional Encryption, and code obfuscation. He is noted as a founder of Functional Encryption and Attribute-Based Encryption. Dr. Waters both publishes and has served on the program committees of the top technical security venues (CRYPTO, Eurocrypt, ACM CCS, Usenix Security and the IEEE Conference on Security and Privacy). Dr. Waters has been an invited speaker in industry and at research Universities, including MIT, CMU, and Stanford.


Select Publications

Yilei Chen, Vinod Vaikuntanathan, Brent Waters, Hoeteck Wee, Daniel Wichs. 2018, November 12. Traitor-Tracing from LWE Made Simple and Attribute-Based. Springer. Cham, Switzerland. 341-369.
Saikrishna Badrinarayanan, Dakshita Khurana, Amit Sahai, Brent Waters. 2018, November 11. Upgrading to Functional Encryption. Springer. Cham, Switzerland. 629 - 658.
Shashank Agrawal, Venkata Koppula, Brent Waters. 2018, November 11. Impossibility of simulation secure functional encryption even with random oracles. Springer. Cham, Switzerland. 659 - 688.
Venkata Koppula, Brent Waters. 2018, September 14. Realizing Chosen Ciphertext Security Generically in Attribute-Based Encryption and Predicate Encryption. Cryptology ePrint Archive.
Rishab Goyal, Venkata Koppula, Andrew Russell, Brent Waters. 2018, August 19. Risky traitor tracing and new differential privacy negative results. Springer International Publishing. Cham, Switzerland.

Awards & Honors

2016 - ACM CCS Test-of-Time Award
2015 - ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award
2011 - Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
2011 - Packard Fellowship
2011 - Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow
2010 - Sloan Research Fellowship
2010 - NSF CAREER Award