Mohammad Tahaei

Mohammad Tahaei

Senior Research Associate

University of Bristol

About

I advocate for including the human factor in the design of computer systems (human-centered design). My current research studies privacy and security technologies and interfaces directed at software developers. I apply qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluating, designing, and building such technologies that can assist software developers in building privacy-friendly and secure systems.

Interests
  • Usable privacy and security
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Software engineering
Education
  • Ph.D. in Informatics, 2021

    University of Edinburgh

  • M.Sc. in Computer Science, 2017

    University of Bonn

  • M.Sc. in Information Technology, 2013

    University of Tehran

Selected Publications

(2023). Embedding Privacy Into Design Through Software Developers: Challenges & Solutions. To Appear in IEEE Security & Privacy: Special Issue on Usable Security for Security Workers.

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(2022). Privacy, Permissions, and the Health App Ecosystem: A Stack Overflow Exploration. European Symposium on Usable Security (EuroUSEC).

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(2022). Charting App Developersā€™ Journey Through Privacy Regulation Features in Ad Networks. Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS).

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(2022). Understanding Privacy-Related Advice on Stack Overflow. Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS).

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(2022). Recruiting Participants With Programming Skills: A Comparison of Four Crowdsourcing Platforms and a CS Student Mailing List. The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). šŸ† Honorable Mention Award (top 5% of submissions).

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(2021). ā€œDevelopers Are Responsibleā€: What Ad Networks Tell Developers About Privacy. The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) Extended Abstracts.

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(2021). Deciding on Personalized Ads: Nudging Developers About User Privacy. The Seventeenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS).

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(2021). Privacy Champions in Software Teams: Understanding Their Motivations, Strategies, and Challenges. The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).

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(2021). Security Notifications in Static Analysis Tools: DevelopersŹ¼ Attitudes, Comprehension, and Ability to Act on Them. The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).

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(2021). The Developer Factor in Software Privacy. The Universtiy of Edinburgh.

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(2020). Cash, Cards or Cryptocurrencies? A Study of Payment Culture in Four Countries. The IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops (EuroS&PW).

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(2020). Understanding Privacy-Related Questions on Stack Overflow. The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).

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(2019). ā€œI DonŹ¼t Know Too Much About Itā€: On the Security Mindsets of Computer Science Students. Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust (STAST).

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(2019). A Survey on Developer-Centred Security. The IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops (EuroS&PW).

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Personal

In my free time, I enjoy walks in the nature, travel to new places, watch movies, and hang out with family and friends. I spent about four years working in industry before starting my academic career (see my CV).

Informal chats: if you’re interested in my research and would like to chat, I’m happy to have a 20-minute Zoom call about anything related to my work, and I can often squeeze in a short call within 5-7 days of your email. Topics can be but are not limited to, what I do, future research avenues, possible collaborations, my experience in academia, and doing a degree in my research area (I don’t offer any positions)! I speak Farsi and English :)