Mahmood Sharif

Mahmood Sharif

Senior Lecturer



I’m a Senior Lecturer (≈ Assistant Professor) in the School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University, where I lead the PLUS research group. My research interests are in the areas of computer security and privacy, machine learning, and human factors.

Prior to joining Tel Aviv University, I spent roughly two years with VMware’s and NortonLifeLock’s research groups. I received my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where I was a member of CyLab and CUPS. I received my B.Sc. (via the Etgar/“Challenge” program) and M.Sc. (summa cum laude) degrees in Computer Science from the University of Haifa.

If you’re interested in joining our group, please do reach out.


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"Accessorize in the Dark: A Security Analysis of Near-Infrared Face Recognition." European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS). 2023.

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"Property-Driven Evaluation of RL-Controllers in Self-Driving Datacenters." Workshop on Challenges in Deploying and monitoring Machine Learning Systems (DMML@NeurIPS). 2022.


"Scalable Verification of GNN-based Job Schedulers." International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages & Applications (OOPSLA). 2022.

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"On the Suitability of $L_p$-norms for Creating and Preventing Adversarial Examples." The Bright and Dark Sides of Computer Vision: Challenges and Opportunities for Privacy and Security (CVPRW). 2018.

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"Self-Confidence Trumps Knowledge: A Cross-Cultural Study of Security Behavior." ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). 2017. Equal contribution by the first two authors.



I have/had the pleasure to serve on the following program committees:

  • European Workshop on Usable Security: 2018, 2019.
  • Financial Cryptography and Data Security: 2022.
  • IEEE Conference on Secure and Trustworthy Machine Learning (SaTML): 2024.
  • IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P): 2024.
  • IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P) Student PC: 2018.
  • International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI): 2024.
  • Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium: 2021, 2022, 2023, 2025.
  • USENIX Security Symposium: 2022, 2023.
  • Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test: 2019.
  • Workshop on NLP for Internet Freedom: 2018, 2019.
  • Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society: 2018.
  • Workshop on Towards Trustworthy ML: 2020.


I enjoy playing different kinds of sports (mainly soccer, but also squash, basketball, volleyball, softball, and others). Feel free to send me a challenge or invite me to join a game sometime. :-)


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