Our research revolves around different aspects of technology to enable the development of socially responsible systems. Particular topics of interest are (more in our publications page)

Impact of Machine learning

The unstoppable explosion of machine learning algorithms in the recent years also has great impact in our daily activities. As much improvement as they bring, they also have negative effects and bring new challenges for research.

At the SPRING Lab we try to understand how machine learning has an on society, how it changes security and privacy problems, how we can use machine learning to help designers evaluate their systems design, as well as find principled ways to design defenses against machine learning-based attacks on privacy.

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Privacy evaluation

As systems become increasingly complex, they gather, and expose, increasing amounts of data . This information can be extracted from content, but also meta-data (timing patterns, locations, etc).

At the SPRING Lab we work on building tools to enable users to better understand how much information they reveal, and to enable app developers to achieve their goals without endangering the privacy of users that altruistically contribute to the projects.

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Engineering privacy-preserving systems

The privacy concerns stemming from the pervasiveness of on-line services and mobile devices in our daily lives has put Privacy Technologies in the spotlight. Yet, despite the many years of research on these technologies it is still not well understood how to design them, evaluate them, and incorporate them into ICT systems in a systematic manner. This lack of understanding hinders the development of solutions that enable citizens, governments, and corporations to enjoy technological progress without damaging our societal values.

At the SPRING Lab we work on developing building blocks that engineers can use to build privacy-preserving systems, and methodologies that allow them to reason in a systematic manner both about the design and the evaluation of privacy-preserving technologies.

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