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Adam J. Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science

Colorado 2009 Office:
   6111 Sennott Square Building
   210 S. Bouquet St.
   Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA


Phone: 412-624-8416
Fax: 412-624-8854

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My broad research interests lie at the intersection of the security, privacy, and distributed systems fields. Much of my research focuses on authentication and authorization approaches designed to facilitate secure interactions across organizational boundaries, such as trust negotiation and distributed proof construction. Within this space, I am investigating a number of topics, including protocol design and optimization, privacy-preserving policy evaluation, the incorporation of risk metrics and reputation data into formal proof construction approaches, and efficient techniques for quantitatively analyzing security policies.


  • CS/COE 0441: Discrete Structures for Computer Science
  • CS 1653: Applied Cryptography and Network Security
    • Fall 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
  • CS 2001: Research Topics in Computer Science
  • CS 2530: Computer and Network Security
    • Fall 2016, Spring 2013, Fall 2010, Spring 2009
  • CS 3525: Advanced Topics in Security and Privacy


Note: Faculty members at the University of Pittsburgh do not individually admit students; admission decisions are made by a central committee. If you are interested in applying to our graduate program, you can find more information here. Unfortunately, I am not always able to respond to e-mail from prospective students, and I apologize in advance.

If you have already been admitted to our CS graduate program and are interested in pursuing a research project with me, please stop by my office or send me e-mail.

Current Students:

  • Judicael-Briand Djoko-Takougue (PhD, COE)
  • Marian K. Iskander (PhD)
  • Yechen Qiao (PhD)
  • Cory Thoma (PhD, co-advised with Alexandros Labrinidis)

Graduated students:

  • Andrew K. Adams, MS 2015
    • Thesis: Combining Social Authentication and Untrusted Clouds for Private Location Sharing
  • William C. Garrison III, PhD 2015
    • Thesis: Techniques for Application-Aware Suitability Analysis of Access Control Systems
  • Nicholas Farnan, PhD 2014
    • Thesis: Efficient, Locally-Enforceable Querier Privacy for Distributed Database Systems
  • Stephen Rojcewicz, MS 2014
    • co-advised with Panos K. Chrysanthis
  • Peter Djalaliev, PhD 2013
    • co-advised with J. Brustoloni
    • Thesis: Mitigating Botnet-Based DDoS Attacks Against Web Servers
  • Zhipeng Zhang, MS 2013

  • Yann Le Gall, MS 2013
    • Thesis: PlexC: A Policy Language for Exposure Control
  • Brian Wongchaowart, MS 2010
    • Thesis: Oblivious Enforcement of Hidden Information Release Policies Using Online Certification Authorities
  • Ricardo Villamarín-Salomón, PhD 2009
    • co-advised with J. Brustoloni
    • Thesis: Improving Computer Systems' Security with Warning Polymorphism and Security-Conditioning Applications