Nitesh Saxena

Nitesh Saxena. Professor
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(205) 975-3432

Research and Teaching Interests: All aspects of cyber security with emphasis on computer systems and network security, wireless and mobile device security, applied cryptography, user-centered security and privacy.

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.S., Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India, Mathematics and Computing
  • M.S., University of California, Santa Barbara, Computer Science
  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, Information and Computer Science

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Nitesh Saxena is a Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the founding director of the Security and Privacy in Emerging Systems (SPIES) lab and the co-director of the Center for Cyber Security, an NSA/DHS center of academic excellence in research (CAE-R). He works in the broad areas of computer and network security, and applied cryptography, with a keen interest in wireless and mobile device security, the emerging field of user-centered security, and “neuro security”, the newest field of security research that he has pioneered.

Saxena’s research has been externally supported by multiple grants from federal agencies, NSF, DHS and DOJ, and by gifts/awards/donations from the industry, including Google (two Google Faculty Research awards), Microsoft Research, Cisco, Comcast, Intel, Nokia, Research in Motion and Polytec. He has published over 130 journal and conference papers, many at top-tier venues in Computer Science, including: IEEE Transactions, ISOC NDSS, ACM CCS, and IEEE S&P, ACM WWW, ACM WiSec, ACM ACSAC, ACM CHI, ACM Ubicomp, IEEE Percom, and IEEE ICME. His recent work has won the Distinguished Paper Award at NDSS 2014 and the runner up Mark Weiser Best Paper Award at Percom 2019. He has served as the Research Director for the CS department from 2016-18.

On the educational/service and workforce development front, Saxena currently serves as the director and principal investigator for the UAB’s Scholarship for Service (SFS) CyberCorps program funded by NSF, a co-director for UAB’s M.S. program in Cyber Security and the director for Ph.D. program in Computer Science. He was also the principal architect and a co-director of the M.S. Program in Cyber-Security at the New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Saxena has instructed dozens of core fundamental courses in Computer Science, including Computer Security, Network Security, Modern Cryptography, and Discrete Structures. Saxena has also directly advised and graduated over a hundred graduate (Ph.D. and M.S.) and undergraduate students as well as several high school/middle school students. He has served or is serving as an Associate Editor for flagship security journals, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS), and Springer’s International Journal of Information Security (IJIS). Saxena’s work has received extensive media coverage, for example, at NBC, MSN, CNN, Fox, Discovery, ABC, Bloomberg, MIT Tech Review, IEEE Spectrum, New Scientist, ZDNet, ACM TechNews, Yahoo! Finance, Communications of ACM, Yahoo News, CNBC, Slashdot, Guardian, Computer World, Science Daily, and Motherboard.

Saxena obtained his Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computing from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. Before joining UAB, he was an Assistant Professor at NYU Tandon. He has also previously worked at Nokia Research Center, Finland and at INRIA Rhone-Alpes, France.

All aspects of cyber security with emphasis on computer systems and network security, wireless and mobile device security, applied cryptography, user-centered security and privacy.

  • Runner Up, The Mark Weiser Best Paper Award, Percom 2019
  • The Pravasi Rattan Award, 2018, awarded by the NRI Welfare Society of India
  • Graduate School Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship, 2017
  • Distinguished Paper Award at NDSS 2014, the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium
  • Comcast Tech Research and Development Award, 2014
  • Google Faculty Research Award, 2013
  • The Kevin and Jo Ann Reilly Endowed Award (UAB, CIS), 2012. The award recognizes an outstanding member of the faculty in the department
  • Google Faculty Research Award, 2011
  • Best Student Paper Award, Applied Cryptography and Network Security Conference (ACNS), 2006