I am a PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, advised by Yoshi Kohno.

I’m generally interested in the security and privacy-related needs and practices of vulnerable populations. In a paper that I presented in May 2018 at IEEE Security and Privacy (Oakland), we presented recommendations of how technology could better support recently resettled refugees. Previously, I did work at the intersection of machine learning and malware analysis.

You can email me at simkol at


Computer Security and Privacy for Refugees in the United States
L. Simko, A. Lerner, S. Ibtasam, F. Roesner, T. Kohno. To be presented at IEEE Security and Privacy (Oakland), May 2018

Recognizing and Imitating Programmer Style: Adversaries in Program Authorship Attribution
L. Simko, L. Zettlemoyer, T. Kohno. To be presented at the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), July 2018.

AwesomeBus is an interactive visualization of public transit in Seattle that allows Seattleites and visitors to explore bus routes. I worked on this project with Eric Zeng for our Data Visualization class.