Ben Livshits is a Reader (Associate Professor++) at Imperial College London and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington.
He is also the Chief Scientist for Brave Software, the maker of a novel web browser with built-in ad blocking, which gives you a faster, more secure and privacy-preserving experience. Please take Brave for a spin or reach out if you'd like to work with us!
Previously, Dr. Livshits worked as a research scientist at Microsoft Research (MSR).
To learn about Ben's research, please see an overview of some of the themes.
Also see his old
Stanford homepage and a dedicated
photography portfolio site
I am actively looking for motivated and capable Ph.D. students and post-docs interested in security, privacy, program analysis, and compilers to work with me on a wide range of exciting topics in systems security or programming languages.
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Please send me an email
if you think you may be interested. Please use "Ph.D. application" or "Post-doc application" as your email subject line to be considered. Please highlight your existing research experience, including papers published, if any, and also why you'd like to work with me. I try to respond to all email, but cannot always promise it.
I will be teaching CO445H, Advanced Security
, starting in October for the second time. If you are interested in advanced security topics, please consider joining this course.
Recent position papers and technical reports
- Our paper about Diffix sticky noise has been accepted into Usenix Security'19. Our paper on SpeedReader has been accepted into WWW'19.
- A TR The Anatomy of a Cryptocurrency Pump-and-Dump Scheme is now on ArXiv
- A TR A Puff of Steem: Security Analysis of Decentralized Content Curation is now on ArXiv
- We have an updated TR on ArXiv "Security: Doing Whatever is Needed... and Not a Thing More!"
- Our paper "EthIR: A Framework for High-Level Analysis of Ethereum Bytecode" will appear at ATVA 2018 in October.
- Our paper on securing Node.js applications will appear at NDSS 2018.
- I am on the PC of WWW, PLDI, ASPLOS, and ICSE in 2018.
- Our paper on Just-in-time static analysis won the distinguished paper award.
- Our paper on cloud-based highly scalable static analysis will be appearing at FSE in September.
- Our paper on Differentially-private local search is now available. It will be appearing at Usenix Security in August.
- Our paper on Just-in-time static analysis will appear at ISSTA.
- There are two new technical reports: a new report on reactive security and on Node.JS analysis.
- There are two new technical reports: a new report on just-in-time analysis and an updated TR on Prepose.
- Our paper on detecting Exploit Kits (EKs) will be appearing at DSN 2016.
- Our paper on a gesture-based programming will be appearing at Oakland S&P 2016.
- Please read about some recent work on scaling up analysis in the cloud in our TR.
- Please read about some recent work on just-in-time static analysis in a our TR.
- Our paper on a 3D browser called SurroundWeb will appear in Oakland'15.
- Our work on detecting exploit kits is available as a TR.
- Our paper on preventing stateless tracking privacy will appear in WWW'15.
- Our paper on soundiness is coming out in the February issue of CACM.
- Our work on mobile privacy and personalization called MoRePriv was presented at ACSAC.
- Our technical reports on AR projects (SurroundWeb, PrePose) and optimizations in InterPoll are out.
- Our papers on program boosting and Bek data-parallel compilation will be appearing in POPL'15.
- Our paper on creating makefiles automatically will be appearing at OOPSLA '14.
- Our paper on power analysis for InterPoll will be appearing at HCOMP '14.
- Our Z0 zero-knowledge compiler paper will appear at Usenix Security, 2014
- If you are interested in our crowd-sourced polling work, our technical report on power analysis in InterPoll is out.
- You can play with Fast, a tree-manipulation language here or read our upcoming PLDI paper.
SurroundWeb gets coverage from Gizmodo and
- We have some new work on
race detection, and
zero knowledge for your reading pleasure.
- Our paper on Fast, a tree-manipulation language, will be appearing at PLDI'14.