Every new technological advancement brings with it risks of abuse and vulnerabilities to attack by malicious entities, often spawning opportunities for exploitation and criminal activity. Computer scientists work tirelessly to anticipate emerging threats and build new protections against them, before malicious agents can take advantage. New tools protect both individual users and entire computing systems from attack and leaks of private information, enabling the benefits of these innovations to thrive without unintended consequences.

UChicago CS researchers address these hazards with a broad spectrum of approaches, including cryptography, machine learning, user-centered design, and data science. They’re building cutting-edge protections against security flaws in the latest technologies, such as Internet of Things devices, quantum computers, and machine learning models and systems. They’re designing new privacy mechanisms that raise users’ awareness of how their data is collected online and in the physical world and how they can best protect themselves against invasive technology. They’re also developing new technologies to improve users’ safety and security online, including technologies for improving digital literacy and combating online censorship.

Labs & Groups

SAND (Security, Algorithms, Networking and Data) Lab

Ben Y. Zhao, Heather Zheng
SAND Lab spans research topics in security, machine learning, networked systems, HCI, data mining and modeling.

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.

Network Operations and Internet Security (NOISE) Lab

Nick Feamster
Develops data-driven systems that derive insights from network traffic and explores how network traffic can reveal insights into human behavior.

Amyoli Internet Research (AIR) Lab

Marshini Chetty
Working to make the Internet more trustworthy and inclusive, drawing on human-computer interaction, usable privacy and security, ubiquitous computing, and...

Related Faculty

David Cash

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

Marshini Chetty

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science

Fred Chong

Seymour Goodman Professor, Department of Computer Science

Aloni Cohen

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Data Science

Nick Feamster

Neubauer Professor of Computer Science

Grant Ho

Assistant Professor, Computer Science (starting Fall 2023)

Blase Ur

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science

Ben Y. Zhao

Neubauer Professor of Computer Science

Heather Zheng

Neubauer Professor of Computer Science

Upcoming Events

Join us in-person and online for seminars, panels, hack nights, and other gatherings on the frontier of computer science.
Upcoming Event

Sunoo Park (Columbia) – Cryptography, Security, and Law

Feb 09, 2023
Upcoming Event

Sarah Scheffler (Princeton)

Mar 01, 2023

News & Events

UChicago CS News

Professor Fred Chong Named IEEE Fellow

Dec 09, 2022
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The Computing Pipeline: A Foundation for Diversifying Computer Science

Nov 28, 2022
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Trending Now: How Netflix Chills Our Free Will

Nov 14, 2022
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UChicago AI Summit Examines Promise and Concerns for Science and Society

Nov 01, 2022
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Five UChicago CS Students Named to Siebel Scholars 2023 Class

Sep 22, 2022
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UChicago CS Students Emily Wenger and Xu Zhang Receive Harper Fellowships

Sep 14, 2022
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Asst. Prof. Aloni Cohen Receives Award For Revealing Flaws in Deidentifying Data

Sep 09, 2022
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High School Students in College Prep Program Visit UChicago CS

Aug 23, 2022
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New 2022-23 Faculty Add Expertise in Linguistics, Visualization, Economics, and Data Science Education

Aug 11, 2022
In the News

UChicago Co-Leads $10 Million NSF Institute on Foundations of Data Science

Aug 09, 2022
In the News

Bill Fefferman Comments on New Standards for Quantum-Proof Cryptography

Jul 07, 2022

Is it Ethical to Use Facial Imaging in Decision-Making?

Jun 28, 2022
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