I'm an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the CS department. My goal is to enable society to gain the benefits of emerging technologies without the security and privacy risks. I have received two best paper awards (at IEEE S&P and IEEE SecDev) for my work in smart home security. My work has been featured in Wired, The Verge, Ars Technica, and Science Magazine. I earned my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in 2017 where I was advised by Prof. Atul Prakash. Before coming to UW Madison, I spent two years working at the University of Washington as a research associate with Yoshi Kohno and Franzi Roesner.

I am looking for students who are interested in computer security research (cyber-physical systems, adversarial machine learning, etc.)!
If you are a current UW-Madison student, please fill out this form and email me.
If you are a potential student, please apply to the MS/PhD program.

Selected publications


  • IEEE SecDev Best Research Paper Award
  • Nominee, UW Postdoc Mentoring Award
  • IEEE S&P Distinguished Practical Paper Award
  • U.S. Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finalist
  • UMich PhD Fellowship


  • Ivan Evtimov
    Ph.D. student at University of Washington
    Mentoring on Adversarial deep learning
    Aug 2017 - present
  • Mitali Palekar
    B.S. student at University of Washington
    Mentoring on Trigger-action programming
    Aug 2017 - present
  • Zhi Qian Seah
    University of Michigan
    Bachelor Thesis Technical Advisor
    "Partitioning the Android System Services"
    2014 - 2015
  • Jeremy Workman
    Purdue University
    Bachelor Thesis Technical Advisor
    "Implementation of Mobile VoIP using Wireless Broadband"
    2009 - 2010



  • System and Method for Extracting and Sharing Application-Related User Data
    Oriana Riva, Suman Nath, Doug Burger, Earlence Fernandes
    U.S. Patent 14/734,991

  • De-siloing Applications for Personalization and Task Completion Services
    Oriana Riva, Suman Nath, Doug Burger, Earlence Fernandes
    U.S. Patent 14/618,854

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