Varun Chandrasekaran

I'm a doctoral candidate at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am advised by Suman Banerjee, and frequently work with Somesh Jha and Kassem Fawaz.

My research interests lie broadly in Systems, specifically in Security & Privacy, Networking, & Distributed Computing.

Previously, I obtained my MS degree from New York University under the guidance of Lakshminarayanan Subramanian. I've obtained my B.Eng in Computer Science and Engineering, from College of Engineering, Guindy. I spent a good portion of my childhood in Malleswaram, Bangalore, India meeting some wonderful people and making many cherishable memories along the way.

Published Drafts

  • Alphacodes: Usable, Secure Transactions with Untrusted Providers using Human Computable Puzzles

    In the Proceedings of ACM DEV 2016
  • Traversing the Quagmire that is Privacy in your Smart-Home

    In the Proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM 2018 Workshop on IoT Security and Privacy
  • My Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant - Networks and Mobile Systems CSCI-GA.2620-001

    Spring 2016

  • Teaching Assistant - Computer System Organisation CSCI-UA.0201-002

    Fall 2015

  • Teaching Assistant - Technology and Economic Development CSCI-UA.0380-003

    Spring 2015
  • My Industrial Experience

    Microsoft Research

    I spent the Spring of 2017 at MSR-I working under the guidance of Dr. Ranjita Bhagwan.

    IBM Research

    I spent the Summer of 2016 at IBM Research, at their Yorktown facility. I worked with the Next-Generation Data Centers team, under the guidance of Dr. John M. Tracey.

    AT&T Labs and Research

    I spent the Summer of 2015 at AT&T Labs, at their Middletown facility. I worked with the Design and Architecture team on designing, benchmarking and performing POC testing on Juniper VMX NFV solutions, specifically for the "Helper Router" solution. This reduced memory consumption on legacy routers, improving performance.

    Tata Communications

    I spent my senior year understanding and testing SDN and related security concepts, gaining deeper knowledge about the SDN Controller, Openflow and related concepts.


  • Verified Microservice Architectures
    Joint Work with Lorenzo De Carli, Vaibhav Rastogi, Adam Everspaugh, Somesh Jha, Suman Banerjee
  • SMI : Secure Mobile Identies
    Joint Work with Fareeha Amjad, Ashlesh Sharma, Lakshmi Subramanian
  • Maximum Entropy Robust Routing
    Joint Work with Ashwin Venkataraman, Lakshmi Subramanian
  • Magic Boxes: Selling Digital Media Without Knowing What You've Sold
    Joint Work with Larry Rudolph
  • Miscellaneous

  • Feel free to contact me

    The best way to contact me is through email.


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    Madison, WI 53706

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