I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Computer Science Department at University of Texas at San Antonio. I joined this program in Spring 2014. I got my Master's degree in Information Technology from K. N. Toosi University of Technology in June 2011. I also worked as Information Security auditor from 2010 to 2014.
My research spans on requirements engineering, privacy engineering, and natural language processing. I am interested in capturing and formally representing semantics of privacy requirements into a knowledge base that can be applied to compliance detection tools. In today's world, privacy policies are used by companies to communicate their data practices with users. Because privacy policies consist of legal terms often written by a legal team without rigorous insight into the app source code, and because the policy and app code can change independently, privacy policies become misaligned with the actual data practices. Application of my research can actuate (1) transparent software implementation for users; and (2) shared understanding between policy authors, app developers, and regulators.
Currently, I'm working with Dr. Jianwei Niu as my advisor and Dr. Travis Breaux as my co-advisor. Our general goal is to help application developers to develop a code that is consistent with the applications' privacy policies in terms of data collection and sharing. We also envision helping application users to better understand the privacy policies which can affect their decisions on using applications and granting permissions.
In summary, my research utilizes grounded theory, natural language processing tools, user studies, and crowdsourcing.