Varun Chandrasekaran

I'm a doctoral candidate at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am advised by Dr. Suman Banerjee.

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 Dr. 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
  • 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 am spending the Spring of 2017 at MSR-I. I am 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.

    Works In Progress

  • "Decoupling Security From The Application"
    Joint Work with Vaibhav Rastogi, Adam Everspaugh, Somesh Jha, Suman Banerjee
  • "Elastic Resource Scaling in Multi-Tenant Environments"
    Joint Work with Anantharaghavan Sridhar, Suman Banerjee
  • "SMI : Secure Mobile Identies"
    Joint Work with Fareeha Amjad, Ashlesh Sharma, Lakshmi Subramanian
    Under Submission
  • "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

  • I have a talented girlfriend
  • Feel free to contact me

    The best way to contact me is through email.


    1210 West Dayton Street
    Madison, WI 53706

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