I am currently in my final year of undergraduate studies in Computer Science & Mathematics, with a focus on research, at the University of 〽️Michigan. My research mainly centers around Security & Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs). I'm extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work on Refraction Networking under Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Eric Wustrow.

Prior to joining UMich, I dedicated a year at ByteDance working as a Recommendation & Natural Language Processing (NLP) Algorithm Intern. Before that, I commenced my undergraduate journey in Computer Science & Mathematics at the University of Sydney, during which I also engaged in several research projects and a Winter(Summer in the US) Research Internship in Graph-Processing Algorithms.

My academic curiosity is deeply invested in developing protocols and tools to bolster security and privacy in our digital age, with a current emphasis on fighting for a free and open internet by combating censorship. Integral to this mission is my exploration in Network Security, dedicated to creating robust zero-trust systems and designing network protocols with minimal vulnerabilities. Additionally, my passion extends to enhancing data protection and combating misinformation on social platforms, and to developing decentralized systems and secure IoT ecosystems. Alongside these, I maintain an interest in Machine Learning (ML) related fields, including privacy-preserving ML and Machine Unlearning, exploring their potential to further secure and liberate digital interactions.

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Research & Papers

Just add WATER: WebAssembly-based Circumvention Transports
Erik Chi, Gaukas Wang, J. Alex Halderman, Eric Wustrow, Jack Wampler
FOCI 2024: The Free and Open Communications on the Internet
Presented at the online event of FOCI'24
PDF / BibTeX / Code / Talk / Slides


I enjoy teaching! I’m currently an Instructional Aide for the following courses at the University of Michigan:

I have been a teaching assistant (academic tutor) for the following classes while an undergrad at USyd:


Center for Computer Security and Society, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Research Assistant (working on Refraction Networking), 2023 - present
CURLY, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Research Assistant (worked on Hi-Fetch), 2022 - 2023
ByteDance, Beijing, China
Recommendation System & NLP Algorithm Intern, 2020 - 2021
The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Research Intern (worked on Cohesive Subgraph Computation), 2020

☕ Misc

  • In my free time, I love to play the violin or guitar, often while singing.
  • I love 🇳🇿New Zealand, where I did my high school.
  • Steve Jobs' speeches have been a significant source of inspiration for me. His words ignite a spark of ambition and drive in my journey. Sharing this in the hope that it might inspire others too! About life, About asking & failure, Stanford Commencement address

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