I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I lead the SECuRE and Trustworthy Computing Lab (SECRETLab). I am also the founder of Shikkhok.com — an award-winning free education platform in Bengali language, and the co-ordinator of the BanglaBraille project, aimed at creating educational material for visually impaired children in South Asia.
In the past, I was an NSF Computing Innovation Fellow and Assistant Research Scientist at the Dept. of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University. My research was supported by the 2009 NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship. At Hopkins, I was a member of the Hopkins Storage Systems Lab and collaborated with Prof. Randal Burns.
I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science in October 2009, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My advisor was Prof. Marianne Winslett. I was also co-advised by Prof. Radu Sion of SUNY-StonyBrook.
I am primarily interested in Cloud Computing, Computer Security, Secure Provenance, Trustworthy Databases and File Systems. I also introduced the notion of digital data waste – an area where my research has been covered by MIT Technology Review, cNET, and other media outlets.
My research is funded by grants from the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Naval Research, a 2012 Google Faculty Research Award, and a 2012 Amazon Research Grant. In addition, I am a recipient of the 2013 Google RISE Award, 2013 the Best of Blogs and Online Activism Award for Innovation, and the 2013 Information Society Innovation Fund Award — all for my Shikkhok.com online education platform for South Asian children.