Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
University of Chicago
Department of Computer Science
Office: Ryerson 157
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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 members. I research computer security, privacy, and human-computer interaction (HCI). I am especially interested in using data-driven methods to help users make better security and privacy decisions, as well as to greatly improve the usability of complex computer systems for non-technical users. 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 (IoT). I received my PhD in 2016 from Carnegie Mellon University, where I was advised by Lorrie Cranor.
I have published at top security conferences, top HCI conferences, and many interdisciplinary venues. I have been fortunate to receive three best paper awards (CHI 2017, USENIX Security 2016, & UbiComp 2014), the 2016 John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award, an NDSEG fellowship, a Fulbright scholarship, and two honorable mentions for best paper (CHI 2016 & CHI 2012). I value transferring research to practice, such as through the Bank Privacy website and Password Guessability Service. I have very strong interests in teaching and K-12 outreach, particularly for 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." I prefer to be called Blase rather than Professor Ur or Dr. Ur, both of which sound a bit ridiculous. (Note, just Blase, not Professor Blase or Dr. Blase). I am also a musician and photographer, and previously a theatre designer. I ride my bicycle (almost) everywhere, collect records, travel all over the place, and drink too much coffee. I'm from somwhere in the swamps of (New) Jersey.