N. Daniel Kumar

Graduate Student
Department of Computer Science

341 Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. Building
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3175

Office: (919) 962-1726
GVoice: (828) 675-8627

I am a grad student studying computer science/physics at UNC.

In the summer of 2013, I am returning to Google in Mountain View, CA. From fall 2013, I will be studying at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge.

I live in FB341.

Dear students of Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill: Congratulations! You may collect your prize from Miss Urdzik.

Current Coursework

Fall 2012, UNC-CH

Spring 2013, UNC-CH



At St Thomas More Academy in Raleigh, NC (Jan 2011-May 2012):
At UNC (Jan 2010-Dec 2010):


Previous Research

In the summer of 2010, I visited Prof Michele Mosca, Prof Norbert Lütkenhaus, and others at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo.

In the academic years 2008-10, I was a research assistant in the computer security group at UNC, working with Prof Fabian Monrose and Prof Michael Reiter.

As an undergraduate/MSc student, I had interests in astrophysics, and did some work with Prof Daniel Reichart at UNC.

Conference Paper

  1. Towards optimized probe scheduling for active measurement studies, N. D. Kumar, F. Monrose, and M. K. Reiter. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Internet Monitoring and Protection (ICIMP), 26-31, March 2011. (Best Paper Award)


  1. Machine learning techniques for astrophysical modelling and photometric redshift estimation of quasars in optical sky surveys, N. D. Kumar (2008). Master's dissertation, Oxford University Computing Laboratory, Oxford, UK, 116 pp; arXiv:0811.0520v2 [astro-ph].
  2. A photometric redshift of z = 6.39 ± 0.12 for GRB 050904, J. B. Haislip, M. C. Nysewander, D. E. Reichart et al. 2006, Nature, 440, 181-183.


  1. Key generation across an untrusted entanglement-free quantum key distribution network, N. D. Kumar. Submitted to the 1st Annual Conference on Quantum Cryptography (QCRYPT), ETH Zürich, September 2011.

Seminars/Talks Given

  1. Towards a real-world use case for quantum key distribution
  2. Quantum cryptography and one-time pads in the presence of trust: Is the quantum mechanic's briefcase bigger than the trusted courier's?

Professional Service

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Coursework/Other Interests

Last Updated: 1 May 2013