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Office Location

805 Columbus Avenue
613 Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)
Boston, MA 02120

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Dave Choffnes, 435 ISEC
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

Distributed systems, networking, privacy, and security. Particularly interested in measuring deployed Internet-scale systems (including mobile and IoT) and designing solutions to address problems with reliability, performance, efficiency, security, and privacy.


  • PhD in Computer Science, Northwestern University
  • MS in Computer Science, Northwestern University
  • BA in Physics and French, Amherst College


David Choffnes is an Associate Professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University (2013–present), and a founding member of Northeastern’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from Northwestern University and BA in Physics and French (magna cum laude) from Amherst College. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2018), two Google Faculty Awards (2015, 2017), two IRTF Applied Networking Research Prizes (2017, 2019), a USENIX Security Distinguished Paper Award (2017), an NDSS Distinguished Paper Award (2018), the ACM/CRA Computing Innovation Fellowship (2010), and the Outstanding Dissertation Award in EECS at Northwestern University (2010). He has coauthored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, his work has been cited more than 3,700 times, and his research is supported by funding sources such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Google, Comcast, Verizon, Arcep, and the Data Transparency Lab. Prof. Choffnes’ research has been covered by the popular press in print and on film, including ABC’s 20/20, CBS News, the Harvest documentary film, PBS, NPR, the Boston Globe, NBC News, WIRED, Vice News, and Science Magazine.