By Ioana Patringenaru
Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego are part of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to make web browsers safer.
At UC San Diego, the effort will be headed by Deian Stefan, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The grant’s principal investigator is Hovav Shacham, a professor at The University of Texas at Austin. Shacham, Stefan and other members of the team, including Fraser Brown at Stanford, Isil Dillig at UT Austin, UC San Diego professors Ranjit Jhala and Sorin Lerner, have extensive experience in the field of browser security.
“Everyone should be able to browse the web without worrying that clicking the wrong link will cause their computer to be compromised,” Shacham said. “We hope our project can help make that goal a reality.”