Mahmood Sharif


I am a PhD student in the ECE department at Carnegie Mellon University. I'm also part of CyLab. My research interests are in the areas of computer security and privacy, machine learning, human factors, and online anonymity and censorship.

I'm fortunate to be advised by Lujo Bauer and Nicolas Christin.

Before joining CMU, I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in computer science from the University of Haifa.


May '17: Visiting Denver for CHI 2017.

Apr '17: Attending the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship final.

Jan '17: Paper accepted to CHI.

Oct '16: Will be attending CCS 2016 in Vienna!

Sep '16: I'm a CyLab Presidential Fellow for the year 2016/17.

Aug '16: Papers accepted to CCS and PETS.


DBLP page.

Conference publications:

  1. Sawaya, Y., Sharif, M., Christin, N., Kubota, A., & Nakarai, A. Self-Confidence Trumps Knowledge: A Cross-Cultural Study of Security Behavior. In Proc. CHI, 2017. Equal Contribution by first two authors. [PDF | AUX | BIB]
  2. Weinberg, Z., Sharif, M., Szurdi, J., & Christin, N. Topics of Controversy: An Empirical Analysis of Web Censorship Lists. In PoPETS, 2017. [PDF | BIB]
  3. Sharif, M., Bhagavatula, S., Bauer, L., & Reiter, M. Accessorize to a Crime: Real and Stealthy Attacks on State-Of-The-Art Face Recognition. In Proc. CCS, 2016. [PDF | BIB | VID]
  4. Melicher, W., Sharif, M., Tan, J., Bauer, L., Christodorescu, M., & Leon, P. G. (Do Not) Track Me Sometimes: Users' Contextual Preferences for Web Tracking. In PoPETS, 2016. [PDF | BIB]

Master's thesis:

  • Sharif, M. Privacy Preserving Key Generation and Authentication from Face Images. Master's thesis. Computer Science Department, University of Haifa, Israel, 2013.


I co-organize the CyLab Student Seminar with Soo-Jin Moon. To schedule a talk, please contact me or her.

I also enjoy playing all kinds of sports (mainly soccer, but also squash, basketball, volleyball, softball, biking, and others). Feel free to send me a challenge or invite me to join a game sometime :-)


Email address: firstname + first character of lastname [at] cmu dot edu

You can find me on social media (note that ad-blockers might hide some of the icons):

You can also find me at my desk:

2131B, Collaborative Innovation Center
4720 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213