CyLab seminar: Eleanor Birrell

October 11, 2021

12:00 p.m. ET

Panther Hollow (4th Floor in CIC) or Zoom

Eleanor Birrell

Source: CyLab

Please note that CyLab seminars are closed to the public and open to CyLab partners and Carnegie Mellon University faculty, students and staff.

Speaker: Eleanor Birrell, associate professor at Pomona College; visiting professor in CyLab for the 2021-2022 academic year

Talk Title: Prospect-driven Security and Privacy

People make decisions daily that affect the security and privacy of their personal information: what password to choose, when to install a software update, which cookies to allow, whether to authorize tracking, and many more. However, prior work has consistently found that users make choices that undermine their security and privacy. In this talk, Eleanor Birrell will describe a series of user studies that investigate how well prospect theory—a behavioral model of how people make decisions in the presence of risks—predicts decisions such as password selection and interactions with privacy consent interfaces. She will also discuss how the resulting insights might be leveraged to enhance security and privacy.

Eleanor Birrell is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Pomona College, and she is currently a visiting professor in CyLab for the 2021-2022 academic year. Her current research focuses primarily on usable security and privacy, with an emphasis on understanding and enhancing security and privacy informed by interdisciplinary connections to behavioral economics, law, and philosophy. Prior to joining Pomona, Birrell received a Ph.D. in computer science from Cornell University and a B.A. in computer science and mathematics from Harvard University.

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