Islam Faisal

Islam Faisal

PhD Student

Boston University

About Me

I am a PhD student at Boston University’s Department of Computer Science. I am interested in cryptography and intersecting topics from quantum computing, complexity theory, and number theory.

In June 2019, I graduated with a BSc summa cum laude from the American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt where I studied mathematics and computer engineering. Previously, I interned with Microsoft Research, Affectiva, Twitter, EPFL, and IPAM at UCLA.

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  • Cryptography
  • Quantum Computing
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Security and Privacy
  • PhD in Computer Science, In Progress

    Boston University

  • BSc in Computer Engineering and Mathematics, 2019

    The American University in Cairo

  • Visiting Project Student, 2018


Research Summary

I am broadly interested in cryptography and its intersection with quantum computing and complexity theory. My current research studies questions such as:

  • How can one party (non-)interactively prove statements to another untrusting party? [Proof Systems]
  • How can we make sure such proofs reveal nothing else? [Zero-Knowledge Proofs]
  • How can we make such proofs efficiently checkable? [Probabilistically Checkable Proofs (PCPs)]
  • How can we reduce the communication between the prover and the verifier? [Succinct Arguments]
  • How can parties compute joint functions without exposing their private inputs? [Secure Multiparty Computation (MPC)]

Previously, my undergraduate journey exposed me to other interesting research topics across different areas including number theory, machine learning, security, and privacy.

Experience Highlights

PhD Student
Sep 2019 – Present Boston, MA
Software Engineering Intern
Jun 2019 – Aug 2019 San Francisco, California
Previously interned in fall 2017 (SF) and summer 2018 (Seattle).
Visiting Student Researcher
Sep 2018 – Dec 2018 Switzerland
Undergraduate Researcher
Jun 2017 – Aug 2017 Los Angeles, California
Summer Intern
Jul 2015 – Aug 2015 Cairo, Egypt