Huijia (Rachel) Lin is currently an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT and the department of Computer Science at Boston University. Earlier, she obtained a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Today’s digital world provides a wide spectrum of applications that has revolutionized our ways of computation, interaction and collaboration. My research designs new cryptographic schemes and systems that securely implement these current and other forward-looking applications. An essential theme of my research is using cryptography to reduce or eliminate the need for trust on external entities. For instance, I have focused on designing new protocols for performing computation over distributed sensitive data without central trusted servers, for outsourcing computation to unreliable cloud, for remote storage, access and processing of private information. I also maintain a broad interest in the connection between cryptography and theoretical computation science, and the integration of cryptography into large computer systems.