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Vikrant Singhal is a PhD student studying algorithms at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Jonathan Ullman. Vikrant is interested in researching the theoretical aspects of computer science as well as security. Prior to joining the program at Northeastern, Vikrant earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
- BS in Computer Science, University of Southern California
- Hometown: Delhi, India
- Field of Study: Algorithms
- PhD Advisor: Jonathan Ullman
What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?
I’m a PhD student interested in some of the theoretical aspects of computer science, especially differential privacy and cryptography.
What are your research interests?
As of now, I’m interested in working on the algorithmic aspects of Differential Privacy. Also, I would like to explore Cryptography in the near future.
What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research / work?
The “P versus NP” problem? Just joking; I’d rather leave that to the pros. As I go along, I will find multiple interesting problems, which I would love to work on.
What aspect of what you do is most interesting?
The most interesting aspect to me is the fact that in the research of Theory, physical machines are mostly used for just downloading or creating texts. Mathematics is all-powerful.
What are your research or career goals, going forward?
I am a simple man. I’ll work hard, and see what comes my way.
Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?
I grew up in Delhi, India.
Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?
I completed my undergraduate program at the University of Southern California, majoring in computer science with a minor in mathematics. It is a brilliant school, with plenty of opportunities to get involved in all kinds of academic and recreational activities.