About Me

Biography

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Hello! I'm a PhD student in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology advised by Daniel Genkin. My research interests lie in computer security and privacy, focusing on hardware security and microarchitectural side-channel attacks. I'm the Founder and Organizer of the Georgia Institute of Technology Security Seminar, a venue for students and faculty to present, learn about, and discuss cutting-edge security and privacy research papers published at leading academic conferences.

Before my PhD, I was a Software Engineer on Messenger Growth at Meta and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where I was advised by the fantastic Chris Fletcher.

As a member of Security and Privacy Research at Illinois, I researched microarchitectural side-channel attacks, which resulted in a conference paper at ISCA. I was heavily involved as a Course Assistant for Illinois CS 241: System Programming under Lawrence Angrave, and helped organize HackIllinois and the Reflections | Projections technology conference. During breaks from school, I interned at Facebook on Privacy Control Infrastructure, Salesforce on Records Experience, and Virtusa in the Media and Content Division.

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Personal interests

board games, bubble tea, cultures of the world (Chinese and French among others), education, economics, electronic music, how the world works, investing, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), mental health, music production, philosophy, productivity and efficiency tips, psychology, romantic relationships, startups, strategy games, table tennis, tennis, technology, travel, venture capitalism, Western art music

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Research

Talks

  1. Small World with High Risks: A Study of Security Threats in the npm Ecosystem,
    • Security Seminar, School of Cybersecurity and Privacy, Georgia Institute of Technology, September 2022
  2. Prime+Probe 1, JavaScript 0: Overcoming Browser-based Side-Channel Defenses,
    • Clean Slate Processor Design Seminar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2021
  3. PRISM: Protections Impeding Side-channel Attacks in Microarchitecture,
    • Illinois Computer Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), August 2020
  4. Broadway: Scaling Programming Education Through a Distributed Autograding Framework,
    • Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 2020

Publications

Peer-Reviewed

  1. Opening Pandora's Box: A Systematic Study of New Ways Microarchitecture Can Leak Private Data

    Jose Rodrigo Sanchez Vicarte, Pradyumna Shome, Nandeeka Nayak, Caroline Trippel, Adam Morrison, David Kohlbrenner, and Christopher W. Fletcher. International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA). June 2021.

    • 🏆 Intel Hardware Security Academic Award Honorable Mention

Other

  1. SoK: Rowhammer in the post-TRR Era

    Pradyumna Shome

Awards and Honors

  1. Intel Hardware Security Academic Award Honorable Mention (2022)
  2. IEEE S&P Symposium Shadow Program Committee Invitation (sole undergraduate among senior PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) (2021)
  3. Malwarebytes Cybersecurity Scholarship, Malwarebytes (2020)
  4. Illinois Engineering Achievement Scholarship, UIUC Grainger College of Engineering (2020)
  5. Outstanding Course Assistant Award, UIUC Department of Computer Science (2020)
  6. Kleiner Perkins Engineering Fellowship Finalist, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (2019)
  7. Illinois Engineering Achievement Scholarship, UIUC Grainger College of Engineering (2019)
  8. Forbes Under 30 Scholar, Forbes (2019)
  9. Illinois Engineering Achievement Scholarship, UIUC Grainger College of Engineering (2018)
  10. Edmund J. James Scholar Program, UIUC Grainger College of Engineering (2017)
  11. AP Scholar with Distinction, College Board (2017)

Music

I've been playing the piano for many years, have tried my hand at music production, and am always discovering new music to listen to. Genres I've been exploring recently include K-pop, Mandopop, video game soundtracks, alternative rock, sea shanties, and more. Enjoy listening to some of my early efforts at digital music composition and feel free to follow me on Spotify.