Assistant Professor of Duke Computer Science

Assistant Professor of Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering

Assistant Professor of Duke Public Policy

Focuses: HCI, Security, Privacy, Usability

Lab: InSPIre Lab

Pronouns: she/her


Pardis Emami-Naeini is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Public Policy at Duke University, a Duke Science and Technology Scholar, and the director of the Duke InSPIre Lab. Prior to this, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Security and Privacy Research Lab at the University of Washington. Her research is broadly at the intersection of security and privacy, usability, and human-computer interaction. Her work has been published at flagship venues in security and human-computer interaction and social sciences and covered by multiple outlets, including Wired, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Her research has informed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Consumer Reports, and the World Economic Forum in their efforts toward designing usable and informative security and privacy labels for smart devices. Pardis received her B.Sc. degree in computer engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2015 and her Ph.D. degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2020. She was selected as a Rising Star in electrical engineering and computer science in October 2019 and was awarded the 2019-2020 CMU CyLab Presidential Fellowship.

We are always looking for motivated students and postdocs to join the InSPIre Lab. If you are interested, please get in touch!

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I would love to be able to reply to all the emails regarding joining my research lab, but unfortunately, my time is very limited and that means I may not be able to get back to you, which is my loss. If you send me an email and do not hear back from me, please be assured that this does not say anything about your strengths and your merits and it only reflects my limited bandwidth. If you are a student at Duke University, you can always stop by my office. 

I am always looking for motivated Ph.D. students to join the InSPIre Lab. If that is you (YAY!), the first necessary step is to submit a formal application to the Duke Department of Computer Science. In parallel, you can also send me an email to introduce yourself. To make sure that I review your submitted application, indicate me as a potential advisor in your statement(s). Although having some research experience in human-computer interaction, security, privacy, or usability would be a plus, you are not required to have this background when applying to my group. However, one thing that I care a lot about when reviewing applications is a well-formed thought process about your research interests and suggestions in human-centered security and privacy.