I am an Assistant Professor in the Department 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 automated security analyses used for vulnerability/malware detection.

In particular, I build automated frameworks for qualitative and quantitative evaluation of security analysis tools along three key directions: (1) evaluating security techniques using mutants, i.e., practical variants of vulnerabilities/malware that represent cases observed in the wild (S&P’22, USENIX’18, ACM TOPS, ICSE’21 Tool Demo), (2) developing natural scenarios for testing tools in contextual environments such as smart homes (S&P’20), and (3) the understanding practical threats through security and privacy analysis of software/apps frameworks (CCS’22, USENIX’22, ACM TCPS 2020, CODASPY’19 Best Paper, ACMiner).

[Research Statement] [Teaching Statement] [Service Statement] [CV]

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

Quick Links

  • 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
  • Currently teaching: CSCI 667

Current PhD Students

Recent Professional Service


March 13, 2023

Adwait's CAREER proposal on "Integrating Trust and Accountability into Compliance Enforcement for a Secure Internet of Things" has been funded! [NSF Abstract]

February 10, 2023

Adwait has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure effective with the start of the 2023-24 academic year!

August 26, 2022

Our paper on "Understanding IoT Security from a Market-Scale Perspective" has been accepted to the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) 2022!

June 20, 2022

Sunil Manandhar passed his PhD defense! Congratulations Dr. Manandhar! Sunil will join the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center upon graduating on August 1st, 2022.

April 5, 2022

Adwait Nadkarni named a nominee for the 2022 CCI Impact Award! [Announcement]

March 15, 2022

Our paper on smart home privacy policies has been conditionally accepted to the USENIX Security Symposium 2022!

August 10, 2021

Our paper "Why Crypto-detectors Fail: A Systematic Evaluation of Cryptographic Misuse Detection Techniques", has been accepted to the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2022! [S&P'22]

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