About Me

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  • I’m a researcher, aspiring boffin, mango and cocoa picker.
  • Here is my CV / Curriculum Vitae.
  • I am currently working on mathematical cryptography research, specifically on post-quantum supersingular isogeny-based cryptography, advised by two professors; one in Pure Mathematics and the other in Computer Science (while being held hostage by the Pure Maths department at my University, much to my delight!). I am also working with a Combinatorics professor on a Graph Theory research project. In the past, I’ve also done research at the intersection of Provable Fairness, Differential Privacy / Trustworthy AI (having produced 4 papers, 2 of which we presented at peer-reviewed workshops).
  • Currently, I am taking coursework in a mini-Master’s type format for a solid foundation on Elliptic Curves, Abstract Algebra, Graph Theory and Isogenies, but I have been a part of the Number Theory community since 2018. My intent is to become an mathematical / theoretical CS researcher and to continue research in this direction after my PhD, wherever there are opportunities to do so.
  • My current tools are anything from Python, R, Matlab, SageMaths, Haskell, Rust, LaTeX, a calculator, mechanical pencils and paper. I am a Systems thinker. It would be amazing to defend my thesis by iPad but I may end up having to TeX it.
  • My grad school Pure Maths peers have described me as having “Hermione energy”, which I’ll gladly accept.
  • I also recently joined Mastodon. You can find me at: kammitama@mathstodon.xyz. I joined the Maths one because that’s mostly what I’ve been hanging out around these days. Also, I found this particular one while looking up something in Combinatorics, and figured it would be a good fit for me. I probably won’t use it much, except to read, as I’m pretty busy.
  • Also a book junkie. Love Haskell, Hackerspaces, puzzles, making and sailing.

What’s Unique about me

  • I have the unique perspective of being an immigrant (and green card holder), having been through many pipelines of school, having work experience and having lived in locations and groups where my representation was quite scarce (both in terms of knowledge, having work experience and demographics). My career has been in a breadth of typically niche, proprietary knowledge/ technologies (which is a nice way of saying I know a lot about things that are absolutely useless but I have great stories!).
  • I would describe myself as intellectually curious. I’ve taken classes in sculpting, drafting, 3D modelling (I did hand-drafting on vellum, know how to draw in 2D-CAD and love Rhino hobby modelling), woodworking, electronics (low voltage/high-voltage/PCB-milling), welding, machining, and robotics (I also taught a robotics class weekly for about a year). I’ve sailed from MDR to Catalina Island, and to Newport beach. I like Haskell and programming languages in general, which I did not learn formally in school. I also worked in manufacturing for a couple startups, and understand the process of manufacturing real-world products (generating a BOM, 3-d modelling, ordering parts, bidding with client, etc). I’ve been told recently by a mentor that I may, in fact, actually be a theoretician, so take that as you will. I love lectures with chalk on blackboards. I believe that life experience/learning from failure is important.
  • I see programming as a tool, but these days, I spend a lot more time writing (badly-written, but improving and learning!) proofs. I believe that coming from a different perspective is important in solving new problems in computer science, and I enjoy collaborating with people who are from various backgounds in research.

Update (as of 2019)

  • I began focusing on Supersingular Isogeny-based Cryptography research in Winter 2020. I absolutely love it, and I am working on progress with my two advisors (I also attended a summer workshop on Isogeny Based Cryptography in 2020, and another affiliated workshop on post-quantum networks, which focused on implementation into current non-post-quantum secure protocols). In the past, I have done research on Provable Fairness and Differential Privacy, too. I have also TA-ed for Data Privacy coursework (Python), a Programming for Engineers Matlab course (Matlab), a Compilers course in Haskell and another CS course.
  • In terms of coursework, I’ve taken Post-Quantum Mathematical Cryptography (Maths department), Data Privacy (CS), Secure and Distributed Computation (CS), Machine Learning (CS), Abstract Algebra I: Group Theory (Maths) and Abstract Algebra III : Groups, Fields, some Ring and Galois Theory (Maths: focused on preparing Maths PhD students for Quals), Abstract Algebra IV A: Ring and Module Theory (Maths), along with a Random Probabilistic Graphs class (Maths), Algebra IV C: Elliptic Curves and Modular Forms (Maths), and sat in on an Elementary Number Theory course (Maths). I also have taken Combinatorical Graph Theory (Maths), Spectral Graph Theory (Maths), Category Theory, and self-learning (Set Point) Topology (Maths), while sitting in on the Theory of Algebraic Differential Equations in Fall because why not. I’m also learning a bit of Model Theory, too, because sometimes Pure Maths professors reach out to me to learn things because of my enthusiasm and passion for the subject!
  • Some other things along the way I am learning (not for research) are Real Analysis, Ramsey Theory, Matroids and Polytopes, and Extremal Graph Theory, through my awesome professors in my Pure Maths department who have been quite patient with me!
  • I’m open to Summer and Winter Research Internships (I cannot currently accept non-research internships; sorry!), particularly as they relate to my topics of research, or Haskell in general, and I’ll get back to you, even though it takes a while because I’m often really busy! :)

How Pure Maths research can be different from Computer Science aka where are your ten papers?

  • In my experience, compared to my previous research focus, this topic takes a bit more time to produce a paper. I am okay with that. I am still a Computer Science PhD student…I think…(for now). Please stop asking me if “I’m sure”. You’re not helping :)

More Updates…

  • You can see a bit of my so far (quite busy) life in a blog post here. There is still much time in the year to go! I love working hard and pushing myself, while helping others to reach their fullest potential!

More Information

Ravenclaw. Started out in New York, mostly in California, but get around to the other states, too.

Trinidad -> New York -> California -> Vermont

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Contact me

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  • I’ve removed my email from this website, but if you dig around, you can find ways to contact me. Thanks!