Pardis Emami-Naeini, Ph.D.

pardis at cs dot washington dot edu
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I am an incoming Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Duke University. I am also honored to be named as a Duke Science and Technology Scholar.

I am currently a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Computer Science at University of Washington (UW), working with Prof. Yoshi Kohno and Prof. Franzi Roesner. Prior to UW, I received my PhD and MSc in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) under Prof. Lorrie Cranor and  Prof. Yuvraj Agarwal in 2020 and 2018, respectively. Prior to CMU, I received my BSc in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran in 2015, where I was advised by Prof. Ali Movaghar.

My research is broadly at the intersection of security and privacy, usability, and human-computer interaction. My work has been published at flagship venues in security (IEEE S&P, SOUPS) and human-computer interaction and social sciences (CHI, CSCW) and covered by multiple outlets, including Wired and the Wall Street Journal. On the policy and advocacy front, I have been working closely with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Consumer Reports, and the World Economic Forum to inform their efforts toward designing usable and informative security and privacy labels for smart devices.

I am recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to join my lab, starting in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023. If you are interested, please email me with your detailed CV, and a brief description of your research achievements and goals.   

Recent News



  1. Noah Apthorpe, Pardis Emami-Naeini, Arunesh Mathur, Marshini Chetty, and Nick Feamster. You, Me, and IoT: How Internet-Connected Consumer Devices Affect Interpersonal Relationships. ACM Transactions on Internet of Things, 2022.
  2. Pardis Emami-Naeini, Janarth Dheenadhayalan, Yuvraj Agarwal, Lorrie Cranor. An Informative Security and Privacy "Nutrition" Label for Smart Devices. IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine, 2022.
  3. Pardis Emami-Naeini, Tiona Francisco, Tadayoshi Kohno, Franziska Roesner. Understanding Privacy Attitudes and Concerns Towards Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Pandemic. SOUPS’21.

    [Paper] [Slides] [Video]

  4. Pardis Emami-Naeini, Janarth Dheenadhayalan, Yuvraj Agarwal, Lorrie Cranor. Which Privacy and Security Attributes Most Impact Consumers’ Risk Perception and Willingness to Purchase IoT Devices?. IEEE S&P’21.

    [Paper] [Website] [Slides] [Video]

  5. Pardis Emami-Naeini, Yuvraj Agarwal, Lorrie Cranor, and Hanan Hibshi. Ask the Experts: What Should Be on an IoT Privacy and Security Label?. IEEE S&P’20.
  6. Pardis Emami-Naeini, Yuvraj Agarwal, Lorrie Cranor, and Henry Dixon. Exploring How Privacy and Security Factor into IoT Device Purchase Behavior. CHI’19.
  7. Pardis Emami-Naeini, Martin Degeling, Richard Chow, Lujo Bauer, Lorrie Cranor, Mohammad Reza Haghighat, and Heather Patterson. The Influence of Friends and Experts on Privacy Decision Making in IoT Scenarios. CSCW’18.
  8. Hana Habib, Pardis Emami-Naeini, Summer Devlin, Maggie Oates, Chelse Swoopes, Lujo Bauer, Nicolas Christin, and Lorrie Faith Cranor. User Behaviors and Attitudes Under Password Expiration Policies. SOUPS’18.
  9. Sarah Pearman, Jeremy Thomas, Pardis Emami-Naeini, Hana Habib, Lujo Bauer, Nicolas Christin, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Serge Egelman, and Alain Forget. Let’s Go in For a Closer Look: Observing Passwords in Their Natural Habitat. CCS’17.
  10. Pardis Emami-Naeini, Sruti Bhagavatula, Hana Habib, Martin Degeling, Lujo Bauer, Lorrie Cranor, and Norman Sadeh. Privacy Expectations and Preferences in an IoT World. SOUPS‘17.
  11. Blase Ur, Felicia Alfieri, Maung Aung, Lujo Bauer, Nicolas Christin, Jessica Colnago, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Henry Dixon, Pardis Emami-Naeini, Hana Habib, Noah Johnson, and William Melicher. Design and Evaluation of a Data-Driven Password Meter. CHI’17.

     Best Paper Award 


  12. Primal Pappachan, Martin Degeling, Roberto Yus, Anupam Das, Sruti Bhagavatula, William Melicher, Pardis Emami-Naeini, Shikun Zhang, Lujo Bauer, Alfred Kobsa, Sharad Mehrotra, Norman Sadeh, and Nalini Venkatasubramanian. Towards Privacy-Aware Smart Buildings: Capturing Communicating, and Enforcing Privacy Policies and Preferences. ICDCSW’17.

Selected Media Coverage


Over the years, I have worked with many amazing, smart, and creative undergraduate and graduate students at CMU and UW, including:

I also draw doodles!

For as long as I remember, doodling has been a meditation for me. I draw chaos and find meaning in it.