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  • Website: Usable Security Empirical Research Lab
  • Lab shorthand: USER Lab
  • Department: Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Co-Directors: Scott Ruoti and Doowon Kim

Welcome to the Usable Security Empirical Research (USER) lab at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The USER lab sits at the intersection of cybersecurity, privacy, and usability research. This research group measures and evaluates the effectiveness of existing security solutions, explore mental models and perceptions related to cybersecurity and privacy, and build novel security technologies to improve the lives of users the world around. In contrast to most security research labs, this research group integrates HCI methods to ensure that it properly understands the needs of users and that the technologies it builds meet real-world needs and are used correctly. The research group’s work has been published at top cybersecurity (IEEE S&P, USENIX Security, ACM CCS) and top HCI (CHI, UIST, UbiComp) venues.