Blase Ur

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science and the College

Blase Ur researches computer security and privacy from a user-centered perspective. His doctoral dissertation focused on helping users develop better passwords using data-driven methods. He has also worked extensively on supporting users’ online privacy, as well as studying both privacy and interaction aspects of the Internet of Things.

Ur received the John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award, best paper awards at the 2016 USENIX Security Symposium and 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), a Fulbright scholarship, and a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

Ur will be receiving his PhD in societal computing from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science in autumn 2016. He previously earned an MS in computation, organizations, and society from Carnegie Mellon, as well as an AB in computer science from Harvard University. He will join the University of Chicago faculty in January 2017, where he will also lead the Lab for User-Centered Security and Privacy Systems. In addition, he has strong interests in teaching and K–12 outreach, particularly with the goal of broadening participation in computer science.

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