GRA Openings at uSec Lab: We are looking for highly-motivated PhD and MS students, who are excited to work in the area of Human-centered Privacy/Security, Human-computer Interaction, Human-centered Design, and/or Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D). 

I am an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Utah State University. Prior to joining USU, I worked as a Research Scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Post-doctoral Fellow and Assistant Director of Humans and Technology Laboratory (HATLab) at Clemson University. I completed my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Arlington, winning Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. 
I direct the uSec Lab at USU. My current research is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
What is uSec Lab?
uSec Lab, situated in the Computer Science department at Utah State University hosts an interdisciplinary research group. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds, including Computer Science, Information Science, Design, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology.
In uSec Lab, we investigate the human factors of privacy, security, and more broadly - computing. We are focused on identifying the privacy, security, and computing challenges faced by the end users of digital technologies, and look into how they deal with these issues in the resource-constrained environment. We explore how the social, economic, and health-related issues of people affect their computing, privacy, and security behavior. The goal of our research is to inform how technologies can be designed to be more inclusive, usable, secure, and privacy-protective for the users with diverse needs and experiences.
Our research team systemizes the human and societal factors that impact people's secure and privacy-preserving use of a technology. We build novel computing system, making it a part of the social change that empowers the people with various needs, including older users, people with disabilities, and the users with limited access to usable and secure technologies.
We operate through a wide range of methodological apparatus, which include but not limited to interviews, surveys, ethnography, and experiments.

Research Focus Diagram

Human-centered Privacy/Security             Human-computer Interaction             Human-centered Design                  ICT4D

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