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Omid Mirzaei

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Office Location

805 Columbus Avenue, Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex

Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Security and Privacy
  • Systems and Networks


  • PhD in Computer Science, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid


Omid Mirzaei is a postdoctoral research associate in the Systems Security Lab at Northeastern University, working with Prof. Engin Kirda. He is working and conducting research in computer and cyber security. He is particularly interested in mobile security, malware analysis, reverse engineering, and applied machine learning in security. In addition, he is eager to tackle security issues from a multi-objective perspective, i.e. trying to deal with such problems by consuming the least possible amount of in hand resources.

Prior to this, he was an assistant professor in Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he spent around 4 years at COmputer SECurity lab (COSEC) as a PhD student before receiving his doctorate.

About Me

  • Hometown: Tehran, Iran

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I have worked on Android malware analysis and triage during my PhD, where my primary focus has been on developing systems to identify potentially risky Android applications.

What are your research interests in a bit more detail?

Generally speaking, I am interested in computer and cyber security. However, I am particularly interested in mobile security, malware analysis, reverse engineering and applied machine learning in security.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

Solving security and privacy issues in systems that have access to users’ personal information is of great concern to me.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting/fascinating to you? What aspects of your research (findings, angles, problems you’re solving) might surprise others?

Most often, I am working on applied security problems where the real outcome of proposed solutions will end up in more secure systems. This is the most appealing aspect of the research line I follow. Users are commonly surprised by the vulnerabilities we, as security researchers, report in different systems.

What are your research/career goals, going forward?

I would like to continue working on the same area, finding problems which are more critical and important for people to be solved from a security and privacy point of view.