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

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

News & Events

UChicago CS News

UChicago CS Prof. Ben Zhao Named ACM Fellow

Jan 19, 2022
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CS 4th Year Sophie Veys Receives CRA Undergraduate Research Award

Jan 14, 2022
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UChicago Workshop Highlights Internet Frontiers and Opportunities

Dec 02, 2021
In the News

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

Nov 05, 2021
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Five UChicago CS Students Named to Siebel Scholars 2022 Class

Sep 23, 2021
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Trio of New UChicago CS Faculty Join for 2021-22 Academic Year

Sep 16, 2021
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Largest-Ever DSI Summer Lab Adds 55 Students, New Social Impact Track

Jul 13, 2021
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Edge Computing Strategy from UChicago CS Student Wins RTAS Outstanding Paper

Jun 17, 2021
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Asst. Prof. Blase Ur Receives Quantrell Award for Teaching Undergraduates

May 20, 2021
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Ten Papers at CHI 2021 Flourish Frontiers of HCI Research at UChicago CS

May 11, 2021
In the News

SANDLab Fawkes Project Featured in Technology Review

May 06, 2021
UChicago CS News

Globus Helps Preserve Legacy of Collapsed Arecibo Telescope

Apr 22, 2021
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