Kentrell Owens

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Picture of Kentrell Owens, a handsome young man, presenting a poster at a conference

First-year PhD student
At the University of Washington
Security & Privacy Research Lab
Advised by Franziska Roesner and Tadayoshi Kohno

kentrell at [CV under construction]

Twitter: @KentrellOwens
Pronouns: he/him


07/08/2020 - Good news; a workshop paper I worked on with Olabode Anise and Blase Ur ("A Framework for Evaluating the Usability and Security of Smartphones as FIDO2 Roaming Authenticators") just got accepted to Who Are You?! Adventures in Authentication Workshop (WAY) 2020. We got a lot of great feedback from the reviewers, so I'm looking forward to great discussions there.

04/18/2020 - I'm excited to announce that I'm starting a PhD in computer science this fall at the University of Washington, working in the Security & Privacy Research Lab with Franziska Roesner and Tadayoshi Kohno. Thank to the dozens of people who listened to me, answered my questions, and helped me through this application process.

03/27/2020 - I recently learned I was accepted to attend the Cornell Summer School on Designing Technology for Social Impact (which had an acceptance rate of less than 20% this year)! I'm excited about what I'll learn there and the great researchers I'll meet. Although the schedule is somewhat questionable given recent COVID-19 developments, I'm excited to potentially be able to participate in this program. (Update: The Summer School was delayed to Summer 2021)

03/17/2020 - First update in a while! I'm having a great time at Duo with my research project. I recently attended the CRA-URMD Grad Cohort Workshop in Austin, TX, and had a great time presenting a poster about some ongoing research from my time at CMU on prisons & privacy. As a GEM Fellow, I'm heading to Idaho National Labs this summer to work on the cybersecurity of critical energy infrastructure. I'm currently deciding on PhD programs in computer science for the fall. I'll be sure to update this page once I've made a decision.

01/01/2020 - I made this website! I thought I should make one to share my work with others and make it accessible. I'm enjoying the holidays and preparing to start an internship with Duo Security (Cisco) in which I'll be researching the usability of WebAuthn.