Contact Info
Phone
(773) 834-3034
Office
Crerar 363

Since January 2017, I have been an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Chicago. I founded the UChicago SUPERgroup, an interdisciplinary research collective with dozens of incredible members. Our research spans computer security, privacy, human-computer interaction (HCI), and ethical AI. We are especially interested in developing data-driven methods for helping users make better security and privacy decisions, as well as making complex computer systems more usable for non-technical users. Our work has been supported by seven NSF grants, as well as grants from Mozilla Research and the Data Transparency Lab.

I have been fortunate to receive a Quantrell Award for Undergraduate Teaching (2021)NSF CAREER Award (2021), SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation Award (2018), three best paper awards (CHI 2017USENIX Security 2016, and UbiComp 2014), five honorable mentions for best paper (CHI 2021CHI 2021CHI 2020CHI 2016, and CHI 2012), the John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award (2016), an NDSEG Fellowship (2012), and a Fulbright Scholarship (2010). Jointly with the other core members of the CMU passwords group, I also received the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence (2020) and the IEEE Cybersecurity Award for Practice (2018). I have strong interests in teaching and outreach to high school students, particularly for broadening participation in CS.

I earned a PhD in 2016 from Carnegie Mellon University’s Societal Computing program, where I was advised by Lorrie Cranor. My dissertation focused on supporting users’ password-security decisions with data. Earlier, I earned an AB in computer science from Harvard University and worked for three years at Rutgers University on outreach and diversity programs.

My first name is pronounced “blaze,” and my full name is pronounced “blazer.” I strongly prefer to be called Blase rather than Professor Ur or Dr. Ur, both of which sound ridiculous. (Note, just Blase, not Professor Blase or Dr. Blase). I use he/him pronouns.

I am also a musician and photographer, and previously a theatre designer. I ride my bicycle (almost) everywhere, collect recordstravel, and drink too much coffee. I’m from somewhere in the swamps of Jersey.

Research

Focus Areas: Human Computer Interaction, Privacy, Security

The SUPERgroup (Security, Usability, & Privacy Education & Research group) is an interdisciplinary research collective comprising dozens of members at the University of Chicago and is organized by Blase Ur. We collaborate with (and were formerly combined with) the AIR lab. We work at the intersection of computer security, privacy, and HCI, as evidenced by our recent publications. Current projects focus on data-driven methods to improve online security and privacy, as well as improving interaction for both the Internet of Things and machine learning systems.

Research

Human Computer Interaction

Exploring the interfaces between people and technologies

Security & Privacy

Understanding and defending against emerging threats in our increasingly computational world

Labs & Groups

Systems Group

A vibrant, collaborative research community with diverse, synergistic research interests spanning systems, programming languages and software engineering, software and hardware...

SUPER (Security, Usability, & Privacy Education & Research) Group

Blase Ur
Focused on data-driven methods to improve online security and privacy and improving interaction for IoT and machine learning systems.

CERES Center for Unstoppable Computing

Andrew A. Chien
A dynamic community focused on reducing the fragility and complexity of computing systems, while also increasing their efficiency and lifetime.

News & Events

UChicago CS News

UChicago CS Labs Join Museum of Science & Industry For Robot Block Party

Apr 20, 2022
Past Event

Blase Ur – Statistics for HCI Researchers

Mar 08, 2022
In the News

Asst. Prof. Blase Ur Discusses the “Metaverse” on Chicago Tonight

Nov 05, 2021
UChicago CS News

Five UChicago CS Students Named to Siebel Scholars 2022 Class

Sep 23, 2021
UChicago CS News

Asst. Prof. Blase Ur Receives Quantrell Award for Teaching Undergraduates

May 20, 2021
UChicago CS News

Ten Papers at CHI 2021 Flourish Frontiers of HCI Research at UChicago CS

May 11, 2021
Past Event

Ken Nakagaki (MIT) – Designing Actuated Tangible UIs that blend the Joy of Physical Interaction, Robotic Actuation, and Digital Computation

Apr 08, 2021
UChicago CS News

Six UChicago CS Faculty Receive CAREER Awards

Mar 08, 2021
Past Event

Manish Raghavan (Cornell) – The Societal Impacts of Algorithmic Decision-Making

Feb 23, 2021
Past Event

HCI Series: Karrie Karahalios (UIUC) – From Algorithm Awareness to Algorithm Contestability

Oct 26, 2020
UChicago CS News

New Assistant Professor Sarah Sebo Wants to Build Better Robot Teammates

Oct 26, 2020
UChicago CS News

UChicago CS Fall Speaker Series Features Human-Computer Interaction Luminaries

Oct 05, 2020
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