Since January 2017, I’ve been an assistant professor of pc science on the College of Chicago. I based the UChicago SUPERgroup, an interdisciplinary analysis collective with dozens of unimaginable members. Our analysis spans pc safety, privateness, human-computer interplay (HCI), and moral AI. We’re particularly fascinated by growing data-driven strategies for serving to customers make higher safety and privateness selections, in addition to making complicated pc techniques extra usable for non-technical customers. Our work has been supported by seven NSF grants, in addition to grants from Mozilla Analysis and the Knowledge Transparency Lab.
I’ve been lucky to obtain a Quantrell Award for Undergraduate Instructing (2021), NSF CAREER Award (2021), SIGCHI Excellent Dissertation Award (2018), three finest paper awards (CHI 2017, USENIX Safety 2016, and UbiComp 2014), 5 honorable mentions for finest paper (CHI 2021, CHI 2021, CHI 2020, CHI 2016, and CHI 2012), the John Karat Usable Privateness and Safety Pupil Analysis Award (2016), an NDSEG Fellowship (2012), and a Fulbright Scholarship (2010). Collectively with the opposite core members of the CMU passwords group, I additionally acquired the Allen Newell Award for Analysis Excellence (2020) and the IEEE Cybersecurity Award for Apply (2018). I’ve robust pursuits in instructing and outreach to highschool college students, notably for broadening participation in CS.
I earned a PhD in 2016 from Carnegie Mellon College’s Societal Computing program, the place I used to be suggested by Lorrie Cranor. My dissertation targeted on supporting customers’ password-security selections with information. Earlier, I earned an AB in pc science from Harvard College and labored for 3 years at Rutgers College on outreach and variety applications.
My first title is pronounced “blaze,” and my full title is pronounced “blazer.” I strongly favor to be referred to as Blase moderately than Professor Ur or Dr. Ur, each of which sound ridiculous. (Be aware, simply Blase, not Professor Blase or Dr. Blase). I take advantage of he/him pronouns.
I’m additionally a musician and photographer, and beforehand a theatre designer. I experience my bicycle (nearly) in every single place, accumulate information, journey, and drink an excessive amount of espresso. I’m from someplace within the swamps of Jersey.
Focus Areas: Human Laptop Interplay, Privateness, Safety
The SUPERgroup (Safety, Usability, & Privateness Schooling & Analysis group) is an interdisciplinary analysis collective comprising dozens of members on the College of Chicago and is organized by Blase Ur. We collaborate with (and have been previously mixed with) the AIR lab. We work on the intersection of pc safety, privateness, and HCI, as evidenced by our latest publications. Present initiatives concentrate on data-driven strategies to enhance on-line safety and privateness, in addition to enhancing interplay for each the Web of Issues and machine studying techniques.