I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I lead the Secure & Transparent Systems Laboratory. My research confronts a broad array of issues in computer security including operating systems, cloud computing, and network communications, as well as both mobile and embedded devices. My recent work has evaluated the safety of mobile applications, introduced mechanisms that defend against USB-based attacks, and designed security-enhanced provenance-aware systems that are capable of reliably tracking and explaining system intrusions.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Florida, where I was advised by Professor Kevin Butler and a founding graduate student of the Florida Institute for Cybersecurity. My dissertation work was in the area of data provenance, particularly the construction of secure provenance-aware systems. I obtained my M.Sc in Computer Science at the University of Oregon, and bachelors degrees in Computer Science and English Literature from the University of Maryland.

Note: We are building a world-class security research group at the University of Illinois. If you are a motivated student with an interest in security, I would be interested in speaking with you. Please see the STS Lab's recruitment page for more information.

Recent News

16 July, 2019
Congratulations are due to Riccardo Paccagnella! His Masters Thesis, "Towards Trustworthy Foundations for Operating System Forensics," has been accepted by the university. Following his Masters Degree, Riccardo will be studying hardware security with Professor Christopher Fletcher for his PhD.

24 June, 2019
Our paper, "Charting the Attack Surface of Trigger-Action IoT Platforms," has been accepted to the 26th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS'19)! Congrats to lead authors Pubali Datta and Qi Wang.

16 April, 2019
Wajih Ul Hassan, our Lead Graduate Student in the Secure & Transparent Systems Lab, has been recognized as a Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation Young Researcher and has been invited to attend the 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum. Congrats Wajih!

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