|Education||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Awards||Sloan Research Fellowship (2010)|
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2011)
Grace Murray Hopper Award (2015)
|Fields||Theoretical computer science|
|Institutions||University of Texas at Austin|
|Thesis||Cryptographic algorithms for privacy in an age of ubiquitous recording (2004)|
|Doctoral advisor||Edward Felten|
Waters completed his post-doctoral work at Stanford University from 2004 to 2005, hosted by Dan Boneh, and then worked at SRI International as a computer scientist until 2008. In 2008, he joined the University of Texas at Austin, where he currently holds the title of Professor in the Department of Computer Science. In July 2019, he joined NTT Research to work in their Cryptography and Information Security (CIS) Laboratory.
In 2005, Waters first proposed the concepts of attribute-based encryption and functional encryption with Amit Sahai. In 2013, Waters, along with Amit Sahai, Sanjam Garg, Craig Gentry, Shai Halevi, and Mariana Raykova, published a proof of concept of the indistinguishability obfuscation primitive.
Waters was awarded the Sloan Research Fellowship in 2010. In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and a Packard Fellowship. In 2015, he was awarded the Grace Murray Hopper Award for the introduction and development of the concepts of attribute-based encryption and functional encryption. In 2019, he was named a Simons Investigator in theoretical computer science.
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- Sanjam Garg; Craig Gentry; Shai Halevi; Mariana Raykova; Amit Sahai; Brent Waters (2013). "Candidate Indistinguishability Obfuscation and Functional Encryption for all Circuits". Focs 2013. IEEE: 40–49. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.672.1968. doi:10.1109/FOCS.2013.13. ISBN 978-0-7695-5135-7.
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