Max Christman

Masters Student at UNC Chapel Hill


I’m a first-year Masters student in the Computer Science department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My current research area is microarchitectural side-channel attacks, but I’m also interested in computer security more broadly. I am advised by Andrew Kwong.

I previously worked both in computer vision and in computational robotics with Roni Sengupta and Ron Alterovitz respectively. I did my Senior Thesis on a threshold moderation scheme for end-to-end encrypted messaging with Saba Eskandarian.

In my free time, I enjoy running, biking everywhere I can, and playing jazz piano.


Feb 28, 2024 Our work extracting fine-grained control flow information from the conditional branch predictor was accepted to ASPLOS 2024.
Aug 14, 2023 I began the Masters program advised by Andrew Kwong.
Jun 30, 2022 My work with the Computational Robotics Group was accepted to IROS 2022.

selected publications

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    Pathfinder: High-Resolution Control-Flow Attacks Exploiting the Conditional Branch Predictor
    Hosein Yavarzadeh, Archit Agarwal, Max Christman, Christina Garman, Daniel Genkin, Andrew Kwong, Daniel Moghimi, Deian Stefan, Kazem Taram, and Dean Tullsen
    In 2024 ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS) , Apr 2024
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    Personalized Video Relighting With an At-Home Light Stage
    Jun Myeong Choi, Max Christman, and Roni Sengupta
    In 2024 European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) , Oct 2024
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    A Metric for Finding Robust Start Positions for Medical Steerable Needle Automation
    Janine Hoelscher, Inbar Fried, Mengyu Fu, Mihir Patwardhan, Max Christman, Jason Akulian, Robert J. Webster, and Ron Alterovitz
    In 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) , Oct 2022