Daniela Oliveira


Daniela Oliveira received her BS and MS degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil in 1999 and 2001, respectively. After working as a software engineer for three years, she started her PhD program at the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. In June 2010, she received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Davis, where she specialized in computer security and operating systems.

She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award 2012 and the 2012 United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama. She is also a NAE Frontiers of Engineering Alumni and a NAS Kavli Fellow.

I am looking for talented and motivated PhD students interested in systems and usable security. If you are interested please follow UF/ECE application procedure at:


Bio                                                                                                   CV

IoT Term Professor

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Florida

Office: MAE 208

Phone: (352) 392 6618

email: <my first name> at ece.ufl.edu

Mailing address: 216 Larsen Hall

                           968 Center Drive,

                          Gainesville FL, 32611


(May 2017) I am giving a talk about phishing susceptibility in the context of corporate management at the Swiss Cyber Storm Conference 2017 in October 18, Luzern, Switzerland.

(May 2017) My PhD student Ruimin Sun was awarded with the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Student Fellowship.

(May 2017) Paper accepted at the IEEE Conference on Dependable and Secure Computing (DSC) 2017: The Dose Makes the Poison - Leveraging Uncertainty for Effective Malware Detection.

(March 2017) I am very honored to have received The Warren B. Nelms IoT Professorship 

(March 2017) FC2 grant ($50,000) awarded - Collaborative Authentication for the Internet of Things - with Jay Ligatti (USF) and Natalie Ebner (UF)

(January 2017) Talk at USENIX Enigma 2017: video, press/media coverage, twitter coverage

(January 2017) Talk at Cisco Leveraging Uncertainty for OS Security

(December 2016) NSF SFS grant awarded:  Collaborative Research: SURPASS: NSF SFS Unique Scholarship Program in Hardware and Systems Security. $2,508,541.

(December 2016) Paper accepted at ACM CHI 2017: Dissecting Spear Phishing Emails for Older vs Young Adults: On the Interplay of Weapons of Influence and Life Domains in Predicting Susceptibility to Phishing

(October 2016) The NSF DCL US-Brazil solicitation, an outcome of the US-Brazil Workshop on Cyber Security and Privacy I organized is out! Consider submitting great proposals!

(October 2016) Talk “Security For Vulnerable Populations - On the Interplay of Weapons of Influence and Life Domains in Predicting Older Adults Susceptibility to Spear-Phishing Emails” selected for presentation at the USENIX ENIGMA Conference

(October 2016) I will be a speaker at the SPSQ Workshop on Reducing Software Defects and Vulnerabilities at the NSF.

(July 2016) Paper accepted at the IEEE ISSRE 2016: Bear: A Framework for Understanding Application Sensitivity to OS (Mis)Behavior.

(July 2016) Talk at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: Interdisciplinary and Cognitive Computer Security: From Uncertain Operating Systems To Understanding Spear-Phishing Susceptibility and Developer’s Blind Spots.

(June 2016) Paper accepted at NSPW 2016

(May 2016) I received the University of Florida International Educator of the Year - Junior Faculty Award.

(April 2016) Research Team Award: 2016 Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) Cluff Award for Research in Aging: $1200 - Dissecting Spear-Phishing Emails: On the Interplay of User Age, Weapons of Influence, and Life Domains in Predicting Phishing Susceptibility.

(March 2016) Our paper An Information Flow-based Taxonomy to Understand the Nature of Software Vulnerabilities was accepted at the 31st International Conference on ICT Systems Security and Privacy Protection – Springer IFIP SEC 2016.

(November 2015) I am in the organizing committee of the 2016 Kavli National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science Symposium.

(November 2015) I gave a talk at the National Academy of Sciences Distinctive Voices Program: Cyber Security and The Human Factors Behind It.

(October 2015) SwitchOn Workshop talk: Cyber Security and the Human Factors Behind it

(August 2015) I am organizing the NSF/DHS/MCTI Workshops US-Brazil on Cyber Security and Privacy - With Priscila Solis (University of Brasilia) - http://www.usbrazilsec.org

(August 2015) New MIT LL grant and collaborative work with Natalie Ebner (UF) and Brandon Matthews (MIT Lincoln Labs Cyber Systems and Operations group)

(July 2015) NSF Medium awarded to our team: Developer Crowdsourcing: Capturing, Understanding and Addressing Security-related Blind Spots in APIs. With Natalie Ebner, Justin Cappos, Yanyan Zhuang and Yuriy Brun.

(July 2015) Our team was selected as one of the performers for the DARPA Transparent Computing program: FAROS: Beyond All-or-Nothing DIFT via Context-aware Self-Tuning Operation. With Michalis Faloutsos, Jed Crandall and Xuetao Wei.

(June 2015) Our paper “Maybe Poor Johnny Really Cannot Encrypt - The Case for a Complexity Theory for Usable Security” was accepted at NSPW (ACM New Security Paradigms Workshop) 2015. With Zinaida Benenson, Gabriele Lenzini, Simon Parker and Sven Uebelacker.

(May 2015) Our paper “The Case for Unpredictability as Deception as OS Features” will appear in the August issue of ;login. With Don Porter, Matt Bishop, Ruimin Sun and Natalie Ebner

(April 2015) I am at the Program Committee of ACSAC 2015: consider submitting great papers!

(April 2015) Talk at  MIT Lincoln Lab: “Interdisciplinary Computer Security: From Understanding Psychological Weapons of Influence in Spear Phishing Emails to Unpredictable Operating Systems.”

(March 2015) Paper accepted at HotOS 2015: The Case for Less Predictable Operating System Behavior. With my student Ruimin Sun and in collaboration with Matt Bishop and Don Porter.

(March 2015) My PhD student Ruimin Sun was selected to receive the Travel Award from the GREPSEC II Workshop.

(February 2015) PC BDCloud (5th IEEE Conference in Big Data and Cloud Computing) 2015. Deadline for submissions: April 15!

(January 2015) PC CSET’15 (8th Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test). Deadline: April 23!

(January 2015) I am a panelist at the GREPSEC II Workshop - A NSF and CRA-W/CDC supported workshop for women and underrepresented groups interested in computer security research.

(November 2014) I am in the Organizing Committee of the 2015 National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Sciences Symposium.

(October 2014) Patrick Traynor, Kevin Butler and I answer questions about Cyber Security from a broad audience, live on University of Florida TV: http://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/4505346b2e2f4f1bb1e3fed25f79d5991d

(September 2014) NSF EAGER awarded (Age-targeted Automated Cueing Against Social Engineering Attacks) with Natalie Ebner (Department of Psychology and Institute on Aging - UF)

(August 2014) Paper accepted at ACSAC 2014 with Bowdoin undergraduate students Marissa Rosenthal’14 and Nicole Morin’16.

(August 2014) Selected by NSF to represent the United States at the Science and Technology In Society (STS) Young Leader’s Program in Kyoto, Japan. A maximum of five future leaders per country were invited to attend the forum.

(August 2014) Invited to attend the National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium 2014

(August 2014) Our paper Hardware-Software Collaboration for Secure Coexistence with Kernel Extensions will appear at the ACM Applied Computing Review Journal - Fall 2014 issue. With Bowdoin undergraduate students Nick Wetzel’14, Max Bucci’15 and Jesus Navarro’13.

(July 2014) PC member IEEE International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing (IEEE BDCloud) 2014

(July 2014) PC member AsiaCCS 2015 (ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security)

(July 2014) I am one of the organizers of the 2015 National Academy of Engineers (NAE) US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium and also one of the organizers of the Cyber Security Panel in the 2015 Symposium.

(June 2014) Paper accepted at NSPW 2014 with Bowdoin undergraduate student Marissa Rosenthal’14.

(May 2014) Selected to attend the National Academy of Engineers (NAE) US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium 2014.

(May 2014) PC member ACSAC 2014 (Annual Computer Security Applications Conference). Consider submitting great papers!

(April 2014) Incredible honor to have received the PECASE 2012 at Washington DC! NSF reception | White House blog

(April 2014) SecLab students Marissa Rosenthal’14 and Nick Wetzel’14 attend the Eurosys 2014.

(March 2014) I have officially accepted a position as an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Florida starting fall 2014.

(January 2014) Paper accepted at Eurosys 2014. Balancing Security Isolation and Coordination in a Multi-Process Library OS. With OSCAR Lab (Don Porter CS Dept/Stony Brook) and Bowdoin student Harry Kalodner ’14.

(January 2014) Paper accepted at the 5th Workshop on SoCs, Heterogeneous Architectures and Workloads (SHAW-5, with HPCA-20). Trustworthy SoC Architecture with On-Demand Security Policies and HW-SW Cooperation (Extended Abstract). With Yier Jin (University of Central Florida)

(January 2014) PC member AsiaCCS-SCC'14 (The 2nd International Workshop on Security in Cloud Computing)

(January 2014) PC member (New Security Paradigms Workshop) NSPW 2014. Consider submitting great papers!

(December 2013) I am so honored to be awarded the 2012 United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama.

(December 2013) PC member ASIACCS 2014

(November 2013) Paper accepted at the ACM SAC 2014 (http://www.acm.org/conferences/sac/sac2014/) - Security Track. Ianus: Secure and Holistic Coexistence with Kernel Extensions - A Immune System-inspired Approach. With Bowdoin students Jesus Navarro ’13, Nick Wetzel ’14, and Max Bucci ’15.

(October 2013) PC member DIMVA 2014. Consider submitting great papers!

(October 2013) Poster accepted at ACM SOSP with the Oscar Lab (Don Porter, CS Dept/Stony Brook) and Harry Kalodner’14. Graphene: Secure Multi-Processing in a Library OS.

(October 2013) Talk at the University of Central Florida: Secure and Holistic Coexistence with Kernel Extensions - A Immune System-inspired Approach

(September 2013) My students Nick Wetzel’14 and Max Bucci’15  summer research work was selected to be presented at the Bowdoin President’s Science Symposium.

(July 2013) Invited talk at AT&T Research New York: Secure and Holistic Coexistence with Kernel Extensions - A Immune System-inspired Approach

(May 2013) SecLab students Harry Kalodner’14, Megan Maher’16, Nicole Morin’16 and Max Bucci’15  attend the IEEE Security and Privacy conference in San Francisco

(May 2013) Justin Cappos (Computer Science Department/NYU Poly) gives a talk a Bowdoin: Seattle: Harnessing Community Resources for Cloud Computing

(May 2013) Invited talk at the NSF/CISE CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop. University of Texas at Arlington. May 17: Leveraging your Strengths and Challenges into a Winning Proposal.

(May 2013) PC CNS-SPCC 2013 International Workshop in Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing (http://www.cs.cityu.edu.hk/~congwang/spcc13/index.html#program). Consider submitting great papers!

(April 2013) Anna Squicciarini (College of Information Sciences and Technology/Penn State) gives a talk at the CS Dept at Bowdoin: Privacy-Conscious Information Sharing in Online Social Media Sites

(April 2013) My students Megan Maher and Nicole Morin were awarded the IEEE  Symposium on Security and Privacy Travel Grant to attend the conference.

(March 2013) PC ACSAC 2013 (http://www.acsac.org). Consider submitting great papers!

(December 2012) PC - New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) http://www.nspw.org/cfp/flyer_NSPW_2013.pdf. Consider submitting great papers!

(November 2012) Engin Kirda (CS/Northeastern University) gives a talk at the CS Department: A Security Analysis of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud Service

(November 2012) Invited talk at the CS Department Brown University: Holographic Vulnerability Studies: Vulnerabilities as Fractures of Interpretation as Information Flows Across Abstraction Boundaries

(October 2012) Stephanie Forrest (CS/UNM) gives a talk at the CS Department: Biological Models for Software Security

(October 2012) Research featured at the NSF Bits and Bytes Newsletter:


(October 2012) NSPW paper with Jed Crandall selected to appear at NSPW Experience panel at ACSAC (Annual Computer Security Applications) conference 2012. (http://www.acsac.org/2012/openconf/modules/request.php?module=oc_program&action=program.php)

(October 2012) Speaker and panelist at the NSF Workshop for Aspiring PIs in Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/Workshops/Aspiring/).

Video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjCPFthGIWQ

(September 2012) My student Ivy Xing on the academic spotlight: http://www.bowdoindailysun.com/2012/09/c-s-student-analyzes-trust-in-online-relationships/

(August 2012) The new Bowdoin Cyber Security Lab

(August 2012) Computer Security at the Bowdoin Science Experience (BSE)

(June 2012) Paper accepted at NSPW (New Security Paradigms Workshop) 2012.

(June) PC Member - IEEE International Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (http://cpscom.univ-fcomte.fr/)

(May 2012) Invited talk at the CS Dept. University of New Mexico (OS-Virtual Machine Collaboration: Improving Introspection to Bridge the Semantic Gap)

(May 2012) My student Jesus Navarro in the academic spotlight: http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/009445.shtml

(May 2012) Site chair - IEEE CS Security and Privacy Workshops (SPW)

(April 2012) Academic spotlight: http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1academicnews/009409.shtml

(April 2012) Jed Crandall from CS/UNM gives a talk at the CS Department (Don’t trust a Network that Do not Trust You).

(April 2012) My student Jesus Navarro (class of 2013) was selected to receive the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2012 travel grant to attend the conference.

(April 2012) Paper accepted at the 2nd Workshop on Semantic Computing for Security and Privacy (WSCS 2012) - Co-located with IEEE Security & Privacy 2012. With students Jesus Navarro (class of 2013) and Enrique Naudon (class of 2011).

(March 2012) Invited talk at the NSF CISE CAREER Workshop (http://dasl.mem.drexel.edu/nsfcise2012/index.html)

(February 2012) PC member: 2nd Workshop on Semantic Computing for Security and Privacy (WSCS 2012) - Co-located with IEEE Security & Privacy 2012.

(January 2012) I am very honored to receive the NSF CAREER Award 2012 (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1149730)

(January 2012) Selected to receive NSF travel grant to attend the CRA Career Mentoring Workshop

(December 2011) Invited to write a chapter (Technical Foundations of Systems Security) for the Third Edition of the Computer Science Handbook. Chapman & Hall/CRC ACM. Editor-in-Chief Allen Tucker. Expected 2013.

(September 2011) PC member: 32nd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2012). Consider submitting great papers!

(August 2011) Bowdoin Academic Spotlight (08/11): http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1academicnews/008703.shtml

(July 2011) Two papers accepted at the IEEE International Workshop on Semantics, Security and Privacy.

(July 2011) Invited paper at the International Workshop on Issues and Challenges in Social Computing.

(April 2011) Talk at Colby College (Computer Science Department)

(February 2011) Incredible honor to receive Don Knuth in my office and in my Computer Security class.

Research Statement

My main research interest is interdisciplinary computer security. I enjoy employing successful ideas from other fields to make computer systems more secure. My current research interests include employing biology and warfare strategies to protect OS kernels. I am also interested in understanding the nature of software vulnerabilities and social engineering attacks, especially how these attacks can be prevented from a psychological perspective.

I am the Diversity Director of the Florida Institute for Cyber Security (FICS) at the University of Florida, which I joined in 2014 as part of the UF Rising to Preeminence Hiring Program (Electrical and Computer Engineering Department).

I am a member of the University of Florida Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World