V.N. (Venkat) Venkatakrishnan

“ The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.

If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind. ”

:- Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet



Research Interests

My research areas broadly span topics in Computer Systems Security, with use of ideas from compilers, operating systems and formal methods for defending cyber attacks.

My complete publication list available here. Some recent highlights:

  • Automated Detection of Parameter Tampering Vulnerabilities: CCS'10, CCS'11.
  • Securing Web Advertisements: USENIX Security 2010.
  • Prevention Web Application Scripting Attacks: Oakland'09, W2SP'08, DIMVA'08, CCS'07.
  • Runtime approaches for information flow policies : Shadowed Executions (ACSAC08)

My CV is available here.

Research Support

My research is sponsored by grants from NSF (IGERT,CAREER, TC and CRI programs), UIC Campus Research Board.

Recent and Ongoing Professional Activities

Program Committees

Conference Organization

Other Professional Activities

  • Member, Election Review Panel, Cook County, Illinois (advising the Clerk's office on E-voting security).


I graduated with a Ph.D in Computer Science in December 2004, from Stony Brook University (formerly, SUNY @ StonyBrook). My advisor was R. Sekar.

Prior to that I was at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India.


I've been fortunate to work with a group of outstanding students and postdocs!

Fun stuff

I am a member of the following Chicago-area organizations: