I am Ashay Rane,
a graduate student
in Computer Science
at UT Austin.
I am a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, working towards a PhD degree in Computer Science. I work with Professor Calvin Lin and Professor Mohit Tiwari, and my research is centered around improving the security and privacy of application programs.
From January 2015 to December 2016, I was the Research Educator (Instructor) for the System Security stream, as part of the Freshman Research Initiative program at UT Austin.
As part of the Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows program at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security, I worked with Professor Bobby Chesney in 2015 on topics relating to public policy in computer security.


My research interest is in designing high performance secure systems that have a strong foundation in security. Since computer security cuts across multiple layers of the computing stack, my research areas include topics in program verification, compilers, runtime systems, and computer architecture.

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Before researching topics in computer security, I worked on designing tools for optimizing scientific applications on high performance computing systems. The research experience gained from optimizing programs provides a reliable foundation that I use in my current research.

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I teach a freshman course on computer security at UT Austin. The primary objective of this course is to help freshman students understand and engage in research. In accordance with the objective, students in this class read research papers, improve technical communication skills, and brainstorm research ideas.

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Recent Talks

Broad-Based Side-Channel Defenses for Modern Processor Architectures

Rising Stars in Computer Architecture Initiative, Georgia Institute of Technology
October 2018

Rethinking Instruction Set Guarantees for Software-Driven Hardware Security

Workshop on Microprocessor/SoC Test, Security and Verification
December 2017

Side-Channel Defenses for Modern Processor Architectures

Georgia Institute of Technology
November 2017

Vale: Verifying High-Performance Cryptographic Assembly Code

Microsoft Research
USENIX Security Symposium 2017
August 2017