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Walter Rweyemamu is a PhD student in the Information Assurance program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science. He has a BS in Cognitive Science from Tufts University, where he worked on developing computational models for human behavior. After graduating from Tufts, he worked for a security research group on developing machine learning solutions to SOC problems. In his research, he would like to combine his backgrounds in cognition and security, creating security solutions that are intuitive and mesh well with human cognition.
- BS in Cognitive Science, Tufts University
- Hometown: Dar es Salaam
- Field of Study: Information Assurance
- PhD Advisor: Engin Kirda
What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?
I am studying Information Assurance.
What are your research interests in a bit more detail? Is your current academic/research path what you always had in mind for yourself, or has it evolved somewhat? If so, how/why?
My previous undergraduate work involved developing computational models of human behavior. After graduating I worked for a security research group developing machine learning solutions to SOC problems. I hope my research can combine the two fields of study.
What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?
I am still very new to the field of cybersecurity, but speaking as a user, it would be great to find an authentication method that doesn’t put such a burden on memory. Especially considering that one needs to have different passwords for each online service they use.
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?
I am interested in low-level system security.
What are your research/career goals, going forward?
My research goal is to develop security solutions that are both intuitive and in line with human cognition.
Where did you grow up/spend the most defining years of your childhood/young adulthood?
I grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Where did you study for your undergraduate degree? Any reason in particular behind your choice (a program you were excited about, a city you love, a researcher you wanted to work with)?
I received my undergraduate degree at Tufts University. Their admissions page had an irresistible shade of blue that promised beauty.