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Ben Livshits is a Reader (similar to Associate Professor in the American academic system) at Imperial College London and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington in Seatte, USA. He is also the Chief Scientist for Brave Sofware. Previously, he was a research scientist at Microsoft Research in Seattle for about ten years, working on a wide range of research efforts. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, he received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Math from Cornell University in 1999, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2002 and 2006, respectively.

Ben has published papers at PLDI, POPL, Oakland Security, Usenix Security, CCS, SOSP, ICSE, FSE, and many other venues, some of them winning major awards. He is known for his work in software reliability and especially tools to improve software security, with a primary focus on approaches to finding buffer overruns in C programs and a variety of security vulnerabilities (cross-site scripting, SQL injections, etc.) in Web-based applications. He is the author of over 100 academic papers; Ben has also received dozens of patents and multiple tech transfer awards for bringing research in practice. Dr. Livshits' research interests include security, privacy, programming languages, tools, software engineering, crowdsourcing, applications of blockchain and smart contracts, etc.

He generally does not speak of himself in the third person.

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