Mir Masood Ali

PhD Student



I am a PhD student associated Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I’m advised by Chris Kanich. I conduct research on security and privacy in internet based systems. I have a specific focus on the social aspects of usability and trust in online services.

I completed my MSc in Computer Science from Dalhousie University in Aug 2019, where I was supervised by Dr. Srinivas Sampalli.


  • Security and Privacy
  • Usability and Trust
  • Information Security


  • MSc in Computer Science, 2019

    Dalhousie University

  • BEng in Computer Science and Engineering, 2017

    Visvesvaraya Technological University



Started my PhD at UIC where Chris Kanich will be advising me.


Received an admit to the PhD program at UIC.


Masters thesis is up on DalSpace! (Link: ( http://hdl.handle.net/10222/76278 ))


Successfully defended masters thesis. My readers were Dr. Michael McAllister and Dr. Nur Zincir-Heywood.


Began work on an IDEaS project for the Department of National Defence (DND), Canada, through MyTech Lab.



Teaching Assistant - Program Design II (CS 141)


Jan 2020 – Apr 2020 Chicago
Spring 2020

Head Teaching Assistant - Network Security (CSCI 41746708)

Dalhousie University

Jan 2019 – Apr 2019 Halifax, Canada
Winter 2019

Teaching Assistant - Data Structures and Algorithms (CSCI 2110)

Dalhousie University

Sep 2018 – Dec 2018 Halifax, Canada
Fall 2018

Head Teaching Assistant - Software Engineering (CSCI 3130)

Dalhousie University

Jan 2018 – Aug 2019 Halifax, Canada
Winter 2018, Summer 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019


Department of National Defence, Canada

IDEaS Aug 2019 - Dec 2019

  • The project falls under the umbrella - “Understanding Cyber Intent”.
  • A Context-Aware and Machine Learning Framework will be presented to Predict, Detect and Differentiate Cyber-Attacks.
  • The Framework will then be validated on a testbed with simulated attacks.

Cartoon Conrad

NSBI Voucher Grant July 2019 - Aug 2019

  • Presented a survey of commercial CGM API’s.
  • Built a prototype of a persuasive game to manage juvenile diabetes.
  • Presented game variable translations into a Habitica-style interface.

Spritely Technologies Inc.

NSBI Voucher Grant Nov 2018 - Feb 2019

  • Surveyed and recommended the use third-party payment interface (Stripe).
  • Built alternate Social Logins (SSO) options into the website.
  • Presented a vulnerability audit and report.