I am an Associate Professor and the Research Director of the department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). I work in the areas of computer and network security, and applied cryptography. My particular focus is on fundamental, transformative, inter-disciplinary and game changing research, which can go beyond the traditional confines of academic domain and make a positive impact to the lives of end users hopefully relatively quickly.
My students and I run the SPIES — Security and Privacy In Emerging computing and networking Systems — research lab. I have a major emphasis on workforce development, especially in areas related to cyber-security. In this line, I am the principal investigator and director of the UAB CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program and have been serving as the Co-Director of UAB’s M.S. program in Computer Forensics and Security Management (CFSM). I also co-lead the Information Assurance/Security Pillar of UAB’s Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research (CIA-JFR).
My research has been externally supported by NSF (multiple grants and multiple programs, including SaTC, CICI and SFS), NIJ/DoJ, Google (2 Faculty Research Awards), Comcast, Cisco, Intel, Nokia, and Research in Motion.
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I obtained my Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from UC Irvine. I hold an M.S. in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computing from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. Before joining UAB, I was on the faculty of the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Polytechnic School of Engineering, New York University.
Note for Students: I am always looking for exceptionally bright prospective PhD/MS/BS students to join my research group. If interested, please contact me with your CV.
Recent Selected Contributions/Grants/Awards (2013-2017):
- Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship, 2016/17
- NSF Scholarship for Service (SFS) Grant, 2016/17
- The NIJ GRF-STEM fellowship, 2016/17 (for my PhD student, Ajaya Neupane)
- NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Grant (SaTC) Grant, 2015
- NSF Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) Grant, 2015
- Comcast Research Award, 2014
- NDSS 2014 Distinguished Paper Award
- Google Research Award, 2013
- Cisco Grant, 2013
- Papers at WWW’17, ICDCS’17, WiSec’17 (2 papers); CCS’16, NDSS’16, ACSAC’16 (2 papers), WiSec’16 (2 papers), TIFS’16; CCS’15, ACSAC’15 (2 papers), ESORICS’15, Percom’15, TIFS’15; CCS’14, NDSS’14 (2 papers), Percom’14, ICME’14; TETC’13, TIFS’13, TDSC’13, WiSec’13
- Extensive Media Coverage including MSN, NBC, Fox, Discovery News, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Tech, CNBC, MIT Tech Review, ACM TechNews, Bloomberg, Economist, ZDNet, CACM News, Slashdot, Science Daily, Motherboard and Conversation.
- IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS) (2013-2016)
- Springer International Journal of Information Security (IJIS)
Recent Program Committees:
- 2018: WWW
- 2017: IEEE ISBA (TPC Co-Chair), WiSec, SEC, ESORICS, WPES
- 2016: IEEE RFID (TPC Co-Chair, Protocols and Security Track), CCS, ESORICS, WiSec, CANS, WPES, SPVAN, RFIDSec
- 2015: Usenix Security, NSS, RFIDSec, ESORICS, CCS, ICCCN, LightSec, ICISC
- 2014: RFIDSec (TPC Co-Chair), CCS, CANS, CyberSecurity, ICISC, LightSec, SMPE, SIoT, BigComp
- 2013: Globecom, RFIDSec, ICC, ICISC, Inscrypt
- 2012: NDSS, WiSec, RFIDSec, IRI, WISA, CyberSecurity, ICISC
- 2011: NDSS, WiSec, ACNS, RFIDSec, Globecom, WISA
Selected Past Events and Programs: