Assistant Professor, University of Texas, El Paso
Saeid Tizpaz-Niari is an Assistant Professor of CS at UT El Paso. He received his PhD from the ECEE department at University of Colorado Boulder in 2020. His research interests are at the intersection of Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, and Verification. He is the first author of multiple publications in top tier Security, AI, Verification, and Software Engineering conferences. He develops tools and techniques to address performance bugs, denial-of-service issues, and confidentiality leaks. His findings help discover multiple performance bugs in popular ML libraries such as scikit-learn and timing side-channel vulnerabilities in critical Java libraries such as OpenJDK and Apache. In 2018, he received the Gold Research Award from the ECEE department at CU Boulder. In addition, he won second prize for his submission to the First Microsoft Open Source Challenge. Prior to his PhD, he obtained an M.S degree from CE department at Sharif University of Technology in 2013 and B.S degree (with first-class honor) from ECE department of Tabriz University in 2011.