I am the Class of 1953 Associate Professor of Computer Science at William & Mary, where I lead the Secure Platforms Lab (SPL). My research secures platforms such as smart phones and smart homes by evaluating and improving automated security analyses used for vulnerability/malware detection.

In particular, I build frameworks for qualitative and quantitative evaluation of security analysis tools along three key directions: (1) empirically evaluating security and privacy techniques (NDSS’24, FSE’23 Demo-a, S&P’22, USENIX’18, ACM TOPS, ICSE’21 Tool Demo), (2) understanding and characterising developer and user expectations from tools (S&P’24-a, FSE’23 Demo-b, S&P’20), and (3) uncovering novel, practical, threats and building defenses for software/apps/frameworks (USENIX’24, S&P’24-b, WiSec’24, CCS’22, USENIX’22, ACM TCPS 2020, CODASPY’19 Best Paper, ACMiner).

Join us!

I am looking for highly motivated PhD, Masters, and Bachelors students to join my lab (more info) !

Contact Information

Office: McGlothlin-Street Hall 104-C

Phone: (757) 221 2953

Email: apnadkarni at wm.edu

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  • Currently teaching: CSCI 445
  • IoTSpotter, for extracting and analyzing mobile-IoT apps
  • MASC, for evaluating crypto-API misuse detectors
  • Helion, for generating realistic home automation scenarios
  • μSE, for evaluating Android data-leak detectors

Current PhD Students

Recent Professional Service


May 20, 2024

Our paper, "False negative - that one is going to kill you - Understanding Industry Perspectives of Static Analysis based Security Testing" has received the Distinguished Paper Award at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2024!

December 19, 2023

Our proposal (PI - Sidi Lu; Co-PI - Adwait Nadkarni) on "Investigating Security and Privacy by Design for Teleoperated Autonomous Vehicles" has been funded as a part of the CCI Fall 2023 call on "Supply Chain Cybersecurity"![CCI Announcement]

December 19, 2023

Our paper, "Practical Integrity Validation in the Smart Home with HomeEndorser" has been accepted to the 2024 ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec 2024)! [WiSec'24]

October 27, 2023

Our paper, "Understanding the Privacy Practices of Political Campaigns":" A Perspective from the 2020 US Election Websites" has been accepted to the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2024! [S&P'24-b]

September 14, 2023

Our paper, "Towards Automated Regulation Analysis for Effective Privacy Compliance" has been accepted to the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) 2024! [NDSS'24]

August 15, 2023

Our paper, "Belt and suspenders or just red tape?":" Investigating Early Artifacts and User Perceptions of IoT App Security Certification" has been accepted to the USENIX Security Symposium 2024! [USENIX'24]

July 20, 2023

Our paper, "Helion":" Enabling Natural Testing of Smart Homes" has been accepted to the tool demo track at the ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering 2023! [ESEC/FSE'23-b])

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