I am a Ph.D. student 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.
I am interested in formally representing specifications and relations between concepts in privacy policies using formal ontologies. In today's world, privacy policies are used by companies to communicate their data practices with users. However, the policy authors can use different ways to describe their practices which leads to lack of shared understanding and increases the risk of ambiguity. However, developing formal ontologies on natural language documents like privacy polices is challenging.
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 description logic, natural language processing tools, content analysis, user studies, and crowdsourcing.
I am also the vice president of Computer Science Graduate Student Association (CSGSA) and the graduate liaison in ACM-women in UTSA.