John Abascal

Computer Science PhD Student at Northeastern University


ISEC 6th Floor

805 Columbus Ave

Boston, MA 021155

I am a second-year Computer Science PhD Student at Northeastern University, where I am advised by Jonathan Ullman and Alina Oprea. I completed my B.S. in Pure Mathematics at Florida State Univerity and completed my undergaduate thesis under the guidance of Alec Kercheval and Nathan Crock.

My academic interests generally lie within the intersection of theoretical computer science and machine learning. I am also interested in differential privacy within the context of deep learning, adversarial machine learning, and the social implications of machine learning algorithms.

I have also held several industry positions in both software engineering and data science. During the summers of 2020 and 2021, I worked as an iOS Software Engineer intern at Intuit, where I helped create new applications and features for multiple products within the QuickBooks ecosystem. Throughout my last 2 years at Florida State, I interned at NewSci Labs, where I worked on several machine learning and computer vision projects.


Dec 6, 2022 Our work on efficient property inference attacks has been accepted into IEEE S&P 2023! 🎉
Aug 29, 2022 New paper on efficient property inference attacks!
May 27, 2022 I made a new wesbsite 👨🏻‍💻