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Journal paper accepted to ACM CSUR

A comprehensive survey paper on the nuts and bolts of the security of wearable computing. ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) is a reputed venue publishing comprehensive, readable tutorials and survey papers that give guided tours through the literature and explain topics to those who seek to learn the basics of areas outside their specialties.

  • An Offensive and Defensive Exposition of Wearable Computing
    Prakash Shrestha and Nitesh Saxena
    In ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), 2017.


Most recent SPIES graduate

Ajaya Neupane is the most recent PhD. graduate of the SPIES lab. Groundbreaking research (top-tier papers, NDSS14 best paper, NIJ/DoJ fellow). He is taking on a post-doctoral research scientist position at UC Riverside, working on UCR/CMU/PSU CyberSecurity Research Alliance project funded by ARL.

Congratulations and very best wishes for a bright future :-)




Two papers accepted to CCS 2017


The SPIES lab and collaborators have two papers accepted to ACM CCS 2017. Extremely fierce competition with only 151 papers making it to the program out of 836 submissions (an acceptance of just about 18%).



Journal paper accepted to TDSC

TDSC is a top journal in the area.

Emerging-Image Motion CAPTCHAs: Vulnerabilities of Existing Designs, and Countermeasures
Song Gao, Manar Mohamed, Nitesh Saxena, and Chengcui Zhang
In IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC), 2017.



SPIES research wins high school student accolades


Summer-VoSummer Vo, a high school student from the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA),  who worked with Dr. Saxena and Maliheh Shirvanian on security research this past entire year, won the third place at the 2017 Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CARSEF) in the Computer Science and Mathematics category.  At the same competition, she was awarded the INTEL Excellence in Computer Science Outstanding Achievement. 

Summer is joining the MIT EECS program this Fall, majoring in Computer Science.

Congratulations on all round great achievements!


Two papers accepted to WiSec 2017

The SPIES group has two full papers accepted to WiSec 2017:




Paper accepted to the Journal of Computer Security

Manar Mohamed, Song Gao, Niharika Sachdeva, Nitesh Saxena, Chengcui Zhang, Ponnurangam Kumaraguru and Paul van Oorschot. On the Security and Usability of Dynamic Cognitive Game CAPTCHAs. In Journal of Computer Security (JCS), 2017.


Ajaya Neupane awarded Outstanding CIS PhD Student

Ajaya Neupane has been recognized by UAB as the outstanding graduating PhD student in CIS. He received this award at the Honors Convocation, Mar, 2017. Congratulations!



Ajaya Neupane Wins Competitive NIJ Fellowship

Ajaya Neupane Nitesh Saxena web


Launching the UAB CyberCorps SFS Web Site

Actively soliciting applications.

The eligible candidates can apply directly to the MS CFSM program, but should note that they are interested in the UAB SFS program in their statement of career goals and objectives. The deadline to apply for Fall 2017 is June 1, 2017. However, the sooner you apply the better.

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