About Me

Email: francesca(underscore)falzon(at)brown(dot)edu

I’m currently a fourth year computer science Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago. I am working on projects relating to encrypted databases, searchable encryption, and database security, and my latest works have focused on leakage abuse attacks from the leakage of range queries over multi-attribute data. I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. Roberto Tamassia at Brown University and by Prof. Ben Zhao at UChicago. This summer and fall semester I am interning in the Blockchain group at IBM Zurich.

I am also interested in the interplay between privacy technology and the European Union’s GDPR. I am a part of the Bridging Privacy Definitions working group, where we co-develop computer science and legal definitions to close the gap between the two fields.

In the summer of 2021, I visited the Applied Cryptography group at ETH Zurich. While there, I worked with Prof. Kenneth Paterson on query recovery attacks on graph encryption schemes. Prior to this, I received my M.A. in Computer Science from UChicago under the guidance of Prof. David Cash and I received my B.A. in mathematics from Rutgers University.

Latest News

  • June 2022: I’m honored to be giving a talk at ETH Zurich’s ZISC Lunch Seminar on June 30. The title of the talk is “An Efficient Query Recovery Attack Against a Graph Encryption Scheme.”
  • May 2022: I’ll be attending IEEE S&P in San Francisco – my first in-person conference!
  • March 2022: I will be attending the 2022 IACR-CROSSING School on Combinatorial Techniques in Cryptography in Valletta, Malta this coming April.
  • December 2021: Excited to be returning back to Zurich from June to December 2022, this time as a PhD research intern at IBM Zurich!
  • November 2021: Lilika and I jointly presented our work on approximate database reconstruction in 2D at CCS 2021.
  • October 2021: I will be visiting Brown University until May 2021. (Go Brown Bears!)