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School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland

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Kami Vaniea (van-yay)

My research interests are in the human factors of security and privacy. The goal of my work is to make security and privacy technologies more accessible for a wide range of users including end users, developers, and system administrators. My recent projectsinclude understanding barriers to software update installation, privacy concerns of content viewers, permission setting privacy across different cultures, and helping small app designers create secure health apps.

I am currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. I am a member of the Institute for Language Cognition and Computation. I am also associated with the Laboratory for Foundations for Computer Science where the majority of the Computer Security faculty are located along with the Security and Privacy group. I also work with Design Informatics to bring design into my security and privacy work.

I was previously an Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University and a post doctorial researcher in the Media and Information department at Michigan State University. My PhD is from Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department and my thesis looked at the human factors of access control systems.


I am currently accepting students. If you are interested in working with me please send me an email to discuss potential topics. Also look at: I can also work with students from any part of Informatics including students in the Data Science Doctoral Training Program, and LFCS.

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