CSE graduates Ausmita Sarker (PhD, 2022) and Ruchitha Chinthala (MS, 2022) get two of the four 2022 USF Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Awards

October 13, 2022

Ausmita Sarker

Ausmita Sarker, advised by Professor Mehran Mozaffari Kermani, wrote her PhD dissertation on "Secure Hardware Constructions for Fault Detection of Lattice-based Post-quantum Cryptosystems." The advent of quantum computers and the exponential speed-up of quantum computation will render classical cryptosystems insecure, as they can solve current encryptions in minutes, resulting in a catastrophic failure of privacy preservation and data security. Ausmita Sarker has proposed novel countermeasures against fault attacks to secure various lattice-based cryptosystems, one of the most promising post-quantum cryptosystems. Her ideas have been published in six top-rated journals. She is now employed at IBM. 

Ruchitha Chinthala

Ruchitha Chinthala, co-advised by Professor Srinivas Katkoori (CSE) and Carmen S. Rodriguez (Nursing), wrote her MS thesis on "An Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) Approach for Remote Assessment of Head and Neck Cancer Patients." Internet-of-Medical-Things (IoMT) allows an intelligent healthcare system to monitor and assess a patient's progress at home remotely. Head and neck cancers (HNC) are treated with various treatment options associated with significant side effects, mainly shoulder dysfunction and trismus (spasms of jaw muscles). She developed an IoMT-enabling application, Automated Measurement of Trismus and Shoulder Dysfunction (AMTSD), to remotely monitor recovery. A clinical study with at least ten recovering HNC patients is underway. She is currently employed as a software engineer at CarePredict Inc.