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.

My CV is available here.

Research Support

My research is sponsored by grants from NSF, US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy.

Recent and Ongoing Professional Activities

Program Committees

Conference Organization


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


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


  • Fall 2015: CS487 : Building Secure Computer Systems
    • Fall 2015 office hours: MW 11.a.m.-noon in SEO 1131.

Fun stuff

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