Erica Blum | PhD Student & Research Intern

Erica Blum

PhD Student & Research Intern

About Me

I am a computer science PhD student at the University of Maryland College Park, advised by Jonathan Katz. My research interests are in cryptography and distributed computing.

Research

Publications

Asynchronous Byzantine Agreement with Subquadratic Communication, TCC 2020.
Erica Blum, Jonathan Katz, Chen-Da Liu-Zhang, and Julian Loss.
Always Have a Backup Plan: Fully Secure Synchronous MPC with Asynchronous Fallback, CRYPTO 2020.
Erica Blum, Chen-Da Liu-Zhang, and Julian Loss.
Synchronous Consensus with Optimal Asynchronous Fallback Guarantees, TCC 2019.
Erica Blum, Jonathan Katz, and Julian Loss.
The Combinatorics of the Longest-Chain Rule: Linear consistency for proof-of-stake blockchains, SODA 2020.
Erica Blum, Aggelos Kiayias, Cristopher Moore, Saad Quader, and Alexander Russell.

ePrints

Network-Agnostic State Machine Replication, 2020.
Erica Blum, Jonathan Katz, and Julian Loss.

Misc

Crypto Chickens Go to the Beach, CRYPTO 2019 Rump Session.

Experience

Research Intern @ Facebook

Summer 2020

Scalable Consensus Intern @ SRI International

Summer 2019

Education

University of Maryland College Park

2018-Present

PhD Computer Science (in progress)

MSc Computer Science (completed Spring 2020)

Haverford College

2014-2018

BSc with Mathematics Major, Computer Science Minor

Awards & Honors

2019 DFINITY Scholarship Winner

2019 Facebook Fellowship Honorable Mention

2019 NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

2019 CRA Grad Women Cohort

UMD Dean’s Fellowship