My primary research interests are in security and privacy. I am interested in a broad range of problems in that space, including understanding user preferences, developing policy languages, and building systems for enforcing security.

I am looking for new students! If you are interested in working in these areas, come talk to me!


  • E. Bagdasaryan, G. Berlstein, J. Waterman, E. Birrell, N. Foster, F. B. Schneider, and D. Estrin. Ancile: Enhancing Privacy for Ubiquitous Computing with Use-Based Privacy. In Workshop on Privacy in Electronic Society (WPES), 2019.
  • E. Birrell and F. B. Schneider. A Reactive Approach for Use-based Privacy. In submission.
    Tech Report
  • E. Birrell, A. Gjerdrum, H. Johansen, D. Johansen, R. van Renesse, and F. B. Schneider. SGX Enforcement of Use-based Privacy. In Workshop on Privacy in Electronic Society (WPES), 2018.
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  • H. Johansen, E. Birrell, R. van Renesse, F. Schneider, M. Stenhaug, and D. Johansen. Enforcing Privacy Policies with Meta-Code. In Asia-Pacific Workshop on Systems (APSys), 2015.
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  • E. Birrell and F. Schneider. Fine-Grained User Privacy from Avenance Tags.
    Tech Report
  • E. Birrell and F. Schneider. Federated Identity Management Systems: A Privacy-based Characterization. In IEEE Security & Privacy, Sept/Oct 2013.
    Magazine Version    Tech Report
  • E. Birrell, K.-M. Chung, R. Pass, and S. Telang. Randomness-Dependent Message Security. In Tenth Theory of Cryptography Conference (TCC), 2013.
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  • E. Birrell and R. Pass. Approximately Strategy-Proof Voting. In International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), 2011.
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  • E. Birrell and S. Vadhan. Composition of Zero-Knowledge Proofs with Efficient Provers. In Seventh Theory of Cryptography Conference (TCC), 2010.
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