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.
- 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!
Adam J. Aviv
Postdoc in abstentia
Xiaoyuan (Owen) Wu
External Lab Collaborations
- PUSH Group: Privacy & Usable Security Human-centered Computing at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMD)
- Ravi Kuber
- Hirak Rey
- Flynn Wolf
- Security, Privacy, People lab (SP2) at University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)
- Michelle Mazurek
- Noel Wartford
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
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
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
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.
- Philipp Markert, Daniel V. Bailey, Maximillian Golla, Markus Dürmuth, and Adam J. Aviv. This PIN Can Be Easily Guessed: Analyzing the Security of Smartphone Unlock PINs. 2020 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (SP). Pgs. 1525-1542. IEEE Computer Society. 2020
- Timothy J. Forman, Daniel S. Roche, and Adam J. Aviv. Twice as Nice? A Preliminary Evaluation of Double Android Unlock Patterns. Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (CHI EA ’20). Pgs. 1–7. Association for Computing Machinery. 2020