Amir Houmansadr Associate Professor
College of Information and Computer Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Office: 206 CS Building
E-mail: amir (at) [PGP Key]
Online: Twitter, LinkedIn

I am an associate professor of computer science at UMass Amherst, where I joined in Fall'14 (tenured since Fall'19). My general area of research is network security and privacy, and I am in particular passionate about enhancing privacy on the Internet. To that end, I design and deploy privacy-enhancing technologies such as censorship circumvention systems, analyze network protocols and services (e.g., messaging apps and machine learning APIs) for privacy leakage, and perform theoretical analysis to derive bounds on privacy (e.g., using game theory and information theory). I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and I was a postdoctoral scholar for two years at the University of Texas at Austin. Earlier, I received my M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from Sharif University of Technology. I have received several awards including an NSF CAREER Award in 2016, a Google Faculty Research Award in 2015, and the 2013 IEEE S&P Best Practical Paper Award.


- 12/10/2020: Check out my invited blog post on the use of ML for censorship circumvention.
- 12/02/2020: Paper accepted at AAAI'21.
- 10/27/2020: Best Paper Award Runner-up at ACM IMC'20.
- 09/01/2020: Interview with The Wire China on the recent developments of censorship techniques.
- 08/14/2020: Paper accepted at IMC'20!
- 08/08/2020: ZDNet article on our collaborative study of ESNI censorship.
- 01/23/2020: Three papers accepted at NDSS'20!
- 11/01/2019: DeepCorr is a finalist at the CSAW’19 Applied Research Competition!
- 10/01/2019: Received a 600K DARPA grant to investigate the privacy of messaging applications.
- 09/01/2019: Promoted to associate professor with tenure!
- 12/30/2018: Paper accepted at IEEE S&P'19!
- 11/06/2018: Paper accepted at NDSS'19!
- 07/24/2018: Two papers accepted at ACM CCS'18!
- 05/30/2018: I had a TV interview on Net Neutrality!
- 04/11/2018: We are excited to announce the beta release of MassBrowser censorship circumvention system. Please help us by running proxies, or use it to bypass censorship!


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   Fall'20: Advanced Information Assurance (CMPSCI 660)
   Fall'20: Seminar - CyberSecurity Lecture Series (CMPSCI 591CF)