Blase Ur was named a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in 2017. His research spans computer security, privacy, and human-computer interaction. Using data-driven methods, Ur seeks both to help users make better security and privacy decisions and to improve user experience within complex computer systems.
Since joining the University of Chicago faculty, Ur founded the UChicago SUPERgroup, an interdisciplinary research collective comprised of dozens of researchers who work on computer security, privacy, and usability.
Previously, Ur was a Fulbright Scholar and a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow. He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his research and his leadership of SUPERgroup, receiving best paper awards from CHI, the 2016 USENIX Security Symposium, and the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing. He also received the 2018 SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation Award and the 2016 John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award.
Ur received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard University. He has a PhD in societal computing and a master’s degree in computation, organizations, and society from Carnegie Mellon University.