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Assistant Professor
Sloan Research Fellow
Hariri Junior Faculty Fellow

Computer Science
Boston University
111 Cummington St, MCS135
Boston, MA 02215

Office Hours, Spring 2015:
Tues. 2-5pm

I am an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Boston University, and a member of the BU Security Group. As a network security researcher, my work uses tools from theory (cryptography, game-theory, algorithms) and networking (measurement, modeling, and simulation) to understand the hurdles practitioners face when deploying new security technologies, and to develop solutions that surmount them.

I received my Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2009, advised by Jennifer Rexford and Boaz Barak, and my B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto in 2003. I have worked as a researcher at IBM's crypto group, Cisco Research, and Microsoft Research, New England, as an engineer at Bell Canada and Hydro One Networks, and have served on working groups of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Selected Recent Publications:         (all publications by topic)     (chronological list)
Postdocs, Students and Visitors

My postdocs, students and I are part of the BU Security Group, (BUSEC).

  • Phillipa Gill (University of Toronto PhD student, visited fall 2010. Started postdoc at Citizen Lab, before joining Stonybrook University as an assistant professor in 2013.)
  • Robert Lychev (GATech PhD student, visited 2011-2013. Started as a researcher at MIT Lincoln Labs.)
  • Jef Guarente (BU MS. Co-advised with Leo Reyzin. Graduated 2013. Thesis: "Study of the computational efficiency of single-server private information retrieval.")
  • Sachin Vasant. (BU MS. Co-advised with Leo Reyzin. Graduated 2014. Started as an engineer at Cisco.)
  • Kyle Brogle. (BU undergraduate. Graduated 2012, started as a grad student at Stanford. Received an honorable mention for the 2012 CRA undergraduate research awards.)
  • Danny Cooper (BU undergraduate. Graduated 2014, started as a security researcher at Akamai.)
  • Anthony Faraco-Hadlock (BU undergraduate)
  • Adam Udi. (BU undergraduate BA/MA. Masters project. Graduated 2013, started as a developer at tripadvisor.)
  • Lydia K. Goldberg. (High-school intern as part of MIT Research Science Institute, summer 2013. Her summer research was recognized as a semifinalist in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search.)
  • Hristo Stoyanov (MIT Research Science Institute high school intern, summer 2014.)

Applications:     I am always looking for motivated students and postdocs interested in network security.

  • I especially enjoy working with motivated undergrads with strong programming skills and interest in security. If you are a BU undergrad and are interested in working with me, please take one of my courses, and drop by my office hours and tell me about yourself!
  • If you are a BU grad student are interested working with me or others in the BU Security Group, please enroll in my network security course or in one of the cryptography courses offered by faculty (Canetti, Reyzin) in our group. You might also want to start attending our BUsec seminars.
  • If you are interested in graduate study and are not yet at BU, apply to the graduate program in Computer Science at Boston University.
  • If you are interested in a postdoc with our group, please email me and describe your qualifications, and type of projects you'd like to work on if you came here.

Updated March 22, 2015.

Technical program committees:    2015 Workshop on Surveillance and Technology (SAT)   |    SIGCOMM'15   |    NSDI'15   |    IMC'14   |    SIGCOMM'14   |    NSDI'14   |    NPsec'13   |    CoNext'13   |    NSDI'13 poster and demo session   |    HotCloud'13   |    IMC'12   |    HotCloud'12   |    SysStore'12   |    SIGCOMM'11   |    NetEcon'11   |    CoNEXT Student Workshop'10   |    HotCloud'10   |    NetEcon'10   |    NetEcon 2009  

Organizing committees:     SIGCOMM'16   |   1st Annual New England Networking and Systems Day (NENS'14)   |   BFOC'13 (Boston Freedom in Online Communications Day)   |   SIGCOMM'12


I have organized and participated in various events for women in science and engineering. In graduate school I was a GWISE officer. I've been part of various outreach and mentorship events for women, including the Artemis Project, SIGCOMM's N2 Women, the dot diva project, and MIT's Research Science Institute (RSI). In 2008 I co-organized a day-long outreach event for over 100 high-school girls in New York City.


My research group is grateful for the support of three NSF awards from the Secure and Trusted Cyberspace (SaTC) program, an NSF CAREER award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, and gifts from Cisco and Verisign Labs.