Blase Eric Ur
Assistant Professor (as of Jan. 2017)
University of Chicago
Department of Computer Science
[ CV ]
I am thrilled to be joining the University of Chicago as Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Computer Science in January 2017. I am planning to accept PhD students this cycle. If you have interests in security, privacy, or HCI, please consider applying.
I received my PhD in 2016 from Carnegie Mellon University, where I worked with Lorrie Cranor. I research security and privacy, often at its intersection with human-computer interaction. My dissertation focused on supporting users' password-security decisions with data. I have also worked extensively on supporting users' online privacy and on the Internet of Things. I collaborate often with Lujo Bauer, Nicolas Christin, and Michael Littman.
I have published at top security conferences (USENIX Security, ACM CCS), top HCI conferences (CHI, UbiComp), and interdisciplinary venues. I also value transferring research to practice, such as through the Bank Privacy website and Password Guessability Service. I was fortunate to receive best paper awards at USENIX Security 2016 and UbiComp 2014, the 2016 John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award, an NDSEG fellowship, a Fulbright scholarship, and honorable mentions for best paper at CHI 2016 and CHI 2012. I have very strong interests in teaching and K-12 outreach, particularly with the goal of broadening participation in CS. I earned my AB in computer science from Harvard University and worked for three years at Rutgers University on K-12 outreach and diversity programs.
My first name is pronounced "blaze," and my full name is pronounced "blazer" (with a strategic pause). I am also a musician and photographer, and previously a theatre designer. I go on bicycle trips, collect records, travel all over the place, and couchsurf. I am a very proud native of New Jersey.