Nandan Kumar Jha

Nandan Kumar Jha

PhD student at NYU CCS

New York University

About me

I am 3rd-year PhD candidate at NYU Centre for Cybersecurity, New York University and advised by Prof. Brandon Reagen. I work at the intersection of deep learning, applied cryptography (precisely, homomorphic encryption and multiparty computation), and computer architecture as a part of DPRIVE and ADA projects. My primary research focus is to co-design deep neural networks and cryptographic primitives to achieve real-time inference on encrypted inputs.

Before joining ECE@NYU, I completed M.Tech. (RA) from CSE IIT Hyderabad where I worked on co-optimization for efficient deep learning. Before this, I worked as an electrical design engineer on a team of solid-state drive development at Seagate Technology Bangalore (INDIA), for two years. Prior to this, I was a project research assistant at IIT Bombay and completed B.Tech. from ECE@NIT Surat.

  • Deep Learning
  • Privacy-preserving Computation
  • Computer Architecture
  • Ph.D. in Privacy-preserving Deep Learning, 2020 - present

    New York University

  • M.Tech. (Research Assistant) in Computer Science and Engineering, 2017 - 2020

    Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

  • B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering, 2009 - 2013

    National Institute of Technology Surat

Recent Publications

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(2021). CryptoNite: Revealing the Pitfalls of End-to-End Private Inference at Scale. In Arxiv Preprint.

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(2020). DeepPeep: Exploiting Design Ramifications to Decipher the Architecture of Compact DNNs. In ACM JETC 2020.


(2020). Modeling Data Reuse in Deep Neural Networks by Taking Data-Types into Cognizance. In IEEE TC 2020.


(2020). DRACO: Co-optimizing hardware utilization, and performance of dnns on systolic accelerator. In ISVLSI 2020.

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Seagate Technology
Electrical Design Engineer
Sep 2015 – Jul 2017 Bangalore, INDIA

Responsibilities include:

  • Designing power delivery circuit for M.2 Solid State Drives.
  • Electrical characterization of DRAM and NAND modules
  • Signal Intergrity verification of DRAM/NAND datapath
IIT Bombay
Project Research Assistant
Nov 2014 – Jun 2015 Mumbai, INDIA
Worked on the deployment of wireless broadband in rural areas using the TV white Space (unused licensed band in UHF band)