Assistant Professor of Instruction
Northwestern University

Office: Mudd 3510
Email: srutib AT northwestern DOT edu
Research interests: Security, privacy, social networks, HCI, CS education

Teaching for Winter 2022

COMP_SCI 211: Fundamentals of Computer Programming I (with Prof. Branden Ghena)
COMP_SCI 397/497: Data Privacy

Short Bio

I completed my PhD in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 2021, where I was advised by Dr. Lujo Bauer and was a member of CyLab. I received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May 2014 where I was advised in my undergraduate research by Dr. Chris Kanich. I had a short stint as a Software Development Engineer (SDE) at Amazon for a year between undergrad and grad school.


Measuring and increasing the reach of security information through online media
Sruti Bhagavatula
PhD dissertation (2021). [PDF]

What breach? Measuring online awareness of security incidents by studying real-world browsing behavior
Sruti Bhagavatula, Lujo Bauer, Apu Kapadia
European Symposium on Usable Security (EuroUSEC 2021). [PDF]

"I would have to evaluate their objections": Privacy tensions between smart home device owners and incidental users
Camille Cobb, Sruti Bhagavatula, Kalil Anderson Garrett, Alison Hoffman, Varun Rao, Lujo Bauer
Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETS 2021). [PDF]

What breach? Measuring online awareness of security incidents by studying real-world browsing behavior
Sruti Bhagavatula, Lujo Bauer, Apu Kapadia
IEEE Workshop on Technology and Consumer Protection (ConPro 2021). Extended abstract. [PDF, arXiv (full version)]

(How) Do people change their passwords after a breach?
Sruti Bhagavatula, Lujo Bauer, Apu Kapadia
IEEE Workshop on Technology and Consumer Protection (ConPro 2020). [PDF, Talk video, arXiv]

By the user, for the user: A user-centric approach to quantifying the privacy of websites
Matius Chairani*, Mathieu Chevalley*, Abderrahmane Lazraq*, Sruti Bhagavatula
arXiv preprint 1911.05798 (November 2019). [preprint]
* Authors contributed equally

A general framework for adversarial examples with objectives
Mahmood Sharif, Sruti Bhagavatula, Lujo Bauer, Michael Reiter
ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (TOPS 2019). [PDF]

Comparing hypothetical and realistic privacy valuations
Joshua Tan, Mahmood Sharif, Sruti Bhagavatula, Matthias Beckerle, Michelle Mazurek, Lujo Bauer
ACM Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (WPES 2018). [PDF]

Privacy expectations and preferences in an IoT world
Pardis Emami-Naeini, Sruti Bhagavatula, Hana Habib, Martin Degeling, Lujo Bauer, Lorrie Cranor, Norman Sadeh
Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2017). [PDF]

Towards privacy-aware smart buildings: Capturing, communicating, and enforcing privacy policies and preferences
Primal Pappachan, Martin Degeling, Roberto Yus, Anupam Das, Sruti Bhagavatula, William Melicher, Pardis Emami Naeini, Shikun Zhang, Lujo Bauer, Alfred Kobsa, Sharad Mehrotra, Norman Sadeh, Nalini Venkatasubramanian
International Workshop on the Internet of Things Computing and Applications (IoTCA 2017). [PDF]

Accessorize to a crime: Real and stealthy attacks on state-of-the-art face recognition
Mahmood Sharif, Sruti Bhagavatula, Lujo Bauer, Michael K. Reiter
ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2016). [PDF]

Leveraging machine learning to improve unwanted resource filtering
Sruti Bhagavatula, Christopher Dunn, Chris Kanich, Minaxi Gupta, Brian Ziebart
ACM Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Security (AISec 2014). [PDF] [Slides]

Teaching at CMU

15-122 (Summer II 2020): Principles of Imperative Computation. Instructor

15-330/18-330 (Spring 2020): Introduction to Computer Security. Teaching assistant

18-734/17-731 (Fall 2019): Foundations of Privacy. Head teaching assistant

17-331/17-631 (Fall 2018): Information Security, Privacy, and Policy. Head teaching assistant


I have/had the pleasure of working with the following undergrads on research:


PC member for SIGCSE Computing Education Research 2022
External reviewer for PoPETS 2022
Advisory board member for CMU Teaching & Learning Summit 2021
External reviewer for PoPETS 2021
PC member for SIGCSE Experience Reports and Tools 2021
CMU Graduate Student Teaching Award committee member 2020
Panelist and volunteer for the UIC eCSR workshops (2019, 2020)
External reviewer for PoPETS 2019
External reviewer for IEEE European Symposium on Security & Privacy 2019
External reviewer for USENIX Security Symposium 2017
External reviewer for IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy 2017


Selected as a Rising Star in EECS 2020
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 2016 - Honorable Mention
Selected for CRA-W Graduate Cohort Workshop 2016
NSF 4-year STEM Scholarship by the UIC Department of Computer Science
Dean's List (UIC)

Publications for fun

Putting the Ceremony in "Authentication Ceremony"
Camille Cobb, Sruti Bhagavatula
ACH SIGBOVIK 2020. [PDF (pages 106-112)]


CMU School of Computer Science Musical (2015 - 2020): I was in the 2015 CMU SCS Musical production of The Drowsy Chaperone, the 2016 production of Lucky Stiff, and the 2019 production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I also participated in the SCS Musical Revue (Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2019, Spring 2020).

CyLab Gaming Committee Head (2015 - 2017): I organized bi-weekly board game nights for CyLab at 7pm on the CIC 4th floor (reference pivot: October 13th). I have also planned various other activities such as CyLab bike rides.


I was born in a suburb of Chicago. I moved to Bengaluru, India when I was 10 and grew up there till I was 18, finishing high school there. I moved back to the US in 2010 and have been here ever since.

In my free time, I love to sing (even when I'm not free), play the piano, bike, practice yoga, read novels, eat desserts, and watch TV/movies/anime.

I read a lot of fiction and have been trying to keep my Goodreads shelf updated here. Also, check out my Japan blog here!