Hi there! I’m Masoud, a Computer Engineering PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I work as a graduate research assistant at the Laboratory for Education and Research in Secure Systems Engineering (LERSSE) where I conduct research on smartphone security. I’m particularly focused on novel authentication and access control system for mobile devices. From my past jobs, I also have experience with Network Security, Malware Analysis, and Game Theory.

Currently, I’m looking for a research-based internship opportunity. Please feel free to contact me if you are offering one. Here’s my CV.


  • Smartphone Security
  • Usable Privacy & Security
  • Malware Analysis
  • Machine Learning Security


  • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2017-current

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  • MSc in Computer Engineering, 2011-2013

    Sharif University of Technology, Iran

  • BSc in Computer Engineering, 2007-2011

    University of Isfahan, Iran



Graduate Research Assistant

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Sep 2017 – Sep 2021 Vancouver, B.C.

I’m conducting research on smartphone security. My research objectives include:

  • Evaluating Smartphone Users' Perception and Mental Models of Implicit Authentication–Their Needs, Concerns, and Misconceptions,
  • Designing (and Evaluating) Gradual Unlocking for Smartphones: A Novel Access Control System Built Around Implicit Authentication, Offering Better Usability than Traditional Unlocking.

Project Manager / Senior Software Engineer

Isfahan University of Technology

Mar 2014 – Sep 2017 Isfahan, Iran

I focused on network security research and development. My responsibilities included:

  • Lead System Designer of a Denial of Service (DoS) Mitigation System,
  • Lead Module Designer of a Statistics-based Intrusion Detection System,
  • Lead Module Designer of a Network Traffic Classification System.

Graduate Research Assistant

Sharif University of Technology

Sep 2011 – Sep 2013 Tehran, Iran

I conducted research on Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). Particularly, I was focused on:

  • Cooperative Data Aggregation: A Novel New Approach for Combining Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) With Data Aggregation for Better Energy Conservation in WSNs,
  • CMIMO-A: A New Clustering Algorithm, Based on Coalitional Game Theory, For Efficient Deployment of Cooperative Data Aggregation in WSNs.



I am/was a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the following courses:

  • CPEN 442: Introduction to Computer Security (Fall 2018, Fall 2019, and Fall 2020, UBC)
  • Advance Computer Networks (Spring 2012, Sharif University of Technology)
  • Introduction to Computer Networks (Fall 2010, University of Isfahan)

I co-lectured the following courses:

  • Introduction to Data and Network Security (Fall 2016, Isfahan University of Technology)
  • Analysis of Software Vulnerabilities (Summer 2014, Isfahan University of Technology)