CIS Lab Team

Brent Waters

Distinguished Scientist

I earned my PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University in 2004. From 2004-2005, I was a post-doctoral at Stanford University followed by work at SRI as a Computer Scientist. In 2008, I joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. Then, in 2019, I was recruited to NTT Research as a Distinguished Scientist. My research interests are within the realm of cryptography computer security. My work focuses on Identity-Based Cryptography, Functional Encryption, and code obfuscation. Recipient of numerous awards and invited papers, I am noted as a founder of Functional Encryption and Attribute-Based Encryption.

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ACM Fellow (2021)
Simons Investigator (2019)
Grace Murray Hopper Award (2015)
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2011)
Packard Fellowship (2011)
Microsoft Faculty Fellowship (2011)
Sloan Fellowship (2010)