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

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.
Asynchronous Byzantine Agreement with Subquadratic Communication, 2020.
Erica Blum, Jonathan Katz, Chen-Da Liu-Zhang, 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