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GWUSEC Lab

We are the George Washington University/Usable Security and Privacy Lab (GWUSEC). The lab works on problems related to computer security and privacy, with a human centered approach. We are interested in learning why and how users interact, understand, and use/misuse security and privacy tools, and then we design and build better solutions. We are also interested in more general problems related to cybersecurity and privacy. If you want to find out more, please join one of our public activities.

News

  • May 2020 Philipp Markert is presenting our research at IEEE S&P (Oakland) on May 18th.
  • May 2020 We've got a Twitter account @gwusec. Follow us for updates!
  • May 2020 David Balash, Nelson Jaimes, and Collins Munyendo. Welcome aboard!
  • May 2020 The lab website goes live!

People

Adam J. Aviv
Adam J. Aviv
Associate Professor
Lab Director
Yasmine Acar
Yasemin Acar
External Collaborator
David Balash
David Balash
PhD Student
Nelson Jaimes
Nelson Jaimes
PhD Student
Collins Munyendo
Collins Munyendo
PhD Student
James Levy
James Levy
PhD Student
Irwin Reyes
Irwin Reyes
External Collaborator
"Fixer"
Maximllian Golla
Maximilian Golla
External Collaborator
Survey Guru
Philipp Markert
Philipp Markert
External Collaborator
Peter Mayer
Peter Mayer
External Collaborator
Postdoc in abstentia
Tim Forman
Tim Forman
Undergraduate (USNA)
Xiaoyuan (Owen) Wu
Xiaoyuan (Owen) Wu
Undergraduate
If you are a current lab member or collaborator and would like to be added to the list of members, submit a pull request to the webpage repository.

External Lab Collaborations

Activities

The lab has a number of public and private activities. Everyone is welcome at the public events, without invitation. Attending a public event is a great way to meet people in the lab, and potentially getting involved in research.

  • Security and Privacy Reading Group
    public

    The Security and Privacy Reading Group is a weekly public event where we discuss a recent research article related to security and privacy. A discussion lead will prepare a short presentation that will kick off the discussion. The reading group is also "brown bag lunch" and has a social component.

    Thursdays 1130-1230. Currently meeting virtually. (Off for the summer, returning August)

  • Lab Meetings
    by invitation

    We have regular, scrum-like lab meetings where status updates on all projects are quickly presented. Non collaborators are allowed to attend, by invitation.

    Wednesday 430-530. Currently meeting virtually. (Off for the summer, returning August)

  • Social Hour/Lab Open House
    public

    Once a month, we have a social hour and lab open house where students, faculty, and prospective collaborators can socialize.

    Second Friday of every month from 430-530, during the academic year.

Join the lab!

So, you're interested in computer security and privacy research and you're interested in joining the lab? Great! We are always looking for new collaborators. What actions you should take depends on your background.

  • Prospective PhD Students

    We are always looking for new PhD students, and if you are applying to grad school and interested in usable security and privacy, please consider GW! Please email Adam Aviv with any inquiries, but be mindful, we may not follow up with everyone. Form, mass emails will not receive a response, so please be sure to not some background about yourself and which kinds of projects your interested in. Do not attach a CV or resume: just let us know who you are and why you want to join the lab.

  • GW Undergraduate/Masters Students

    If you are a current GW student, either an undergraduate or masters students, the easiest way to get involved in the lab is to attend one of our public events. Participating in reading group or social hour is the fastest way to learn what is happening in the lab, as well as earn an invite to the lab meeting.

    You may also email Adam Aviv if you are interested in research project, but you will likely be directed to attend a public event. If you cannot attend a public event, we can arrange other times to meet.

Publications