Nikita is a doctoral student in Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley who joined BLUES in 2018. His research focuses on computer security and privacy from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining approaches from human-computer interaction, behavioral sciences, law and policy.

Nikita’s current projects examine (1) the security behavior of underrepresented and vulnerable populations, (2) challenges to adoption of multi-factor authentication, and (3) compliance of mobile apps with privacy regulation. Past projects have also investigated the security of machine learning algorithms and biometric authentication.

Before coming to Berkeley, Nikita has previously worked as a research assistant at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He was also employed as a teaching assistant at the University of Edinburgh.

Email: nsamarin [at] berkeley [dot] edu
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Twitter: @nsamarin