Congratulations Prof. Fernandes and Wisconsin

Congratulations are in order for both Prof. Earlence Fernandes and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Computer Science. Today Earlence accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Wisconsin. Earlence is currently a postdoc in the UW Security and Privacy Research Lab. This was a fabulous hiring decision by Wisconsin and while we will miss Prof. Fernandes at UW-Seattle, we also look forward to seeing his new lab blossom at UW-Madison!

Mitali Palekar Named One of Husky 100

Security Lab undergraduate research Mitali Palekar has been recognized as one of the Husky 100, a program that recognizes students from across the University of Washington’s three campuses who are making the most of their Husky Experience.

Quoting from Allen School News: Mitali will graduate this year with a Computer Science degree with Interdisciplinary Honors. Palekar, who hails from Cupertino, California, describes her Husky Experience as one of transformation from “naive freshman” into an engineer, leader, and advocate. In addition to serving as an Allen School peer adviser helping her fellow students navigate their own Husky Experience, she has been active in the UW chapter of the Society of Women Engineers as a senior adviser and past president. Palekar has also taken the opportunity to apply her technical skills as an undergraduate research assistant in the Allen School’s Security and Privacy Research Lab and through internships with multiple technology companies in Seattle and Silicon Valley. “I have developed a passion for building products and communities that uplift the voices of people around me,” Palekar said.

Congratulations, Mitali!

Introducing Dr. Peter Ney

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Ney for successfully defending his PhD Dissertation today. Peter is a research leader at the intersection of biology and computer security, as well also in the study of privacy and cell-site simulators. See, for example, his USENIX Security paper entitled “Computer Security, Privacy, and DNA Sequencing: Compromising Computers with Synthesized DNA, Privacy Leaks, and More“, as well as his PETS paper entitled “SeaGlass: A City-wide Cell-site Simulator Detection Network”. Peter will be staying at UW as a postdoc, working with both the UW Security and Privacy Research Lab and the Molecular Information Systems Lab (MISL).

New Security Lab in Gates Center

The Security Lab has a new home! At the end of January, we moved across the street into the new Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering. We’re excited for the new space — especially the exterior windows with a partial view of Lake Washington — and room for growth! We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of the donors who made this incredible building a reality, particularly Jim & Catherine Allchin, for whom our new lab space is named.

Photo Credit: Mark Stone/University of Washington

AR and Smart Home Security @ HotMobile 2019

This week several members of the Security Lab attended the 25th HotMobile workshop in Santa Cruz, CA. Kiron Lebeck, graduating PhD student, presented his work on “Enabling Multiple Applications to Simultaneously Augment Reality: Challenges and Directions”. Shrirang Mare, former Security Lab postdoc (now a postdoc at Indiana University), presented his work on “Consumer Smart Homes: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go”. Congrats to Kiron and Shri on great talks and discussion (with a great view of the ocean in the background)!

Security Lab at Industry Affiliates Research Day 2018

Members of the Security and Privacy Lab once again presented some of their latest research at this year’s Allen School Industry Affiliates Research Day. Presentations included:

  • Kiron Lebeck on “Towards Security and Privacy for Multi-User Augmented Reality: Foundations with End Users”
  • Lucy Simko on “Computer Security and Privacy for Refugees in the United States”
  • Christine Geeng on “Who’s In Control?: Interactions In Multi-User Smart Homes”

In addition, Security Lab co-director Franzi Roesner gave the day’s lunch keynote talk on “Computer Security and Privacy for Existing and Emerging Technologies”.

Security Lab at Oakland 2018

Congratulations to Kiron Lebeck and Lucy Simko for their excellent talks at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland) this week!

Kiron presented his work “Towards Security and Privacy for Multi User Augmented Reality: Foundations with End Users”, in collaboration with Security Lab undergraduate Kimberly Ruth and faculty members Yoshi Kohno and Franzi Roesner. You can watch the video of Kiron’s talk here and read the paper here.

Lucy presented her work on “Computer Security and Privacy for Refugees in the United States”, in collaboration with Security Lab alumna Ada Lerner, Samia Ibtasam, and Security Lab faculty members Franzi Roesner and Yoshi Kohno. You can watch the video of Lucy’s talk here and read the paper here.

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