School Computing and Information Science
University of Maine
Phone: +1 (207) 581-3218
I am an assistant professor in Computer Science at the School of Computing and Information Science (SCIS) at the University of Maine and the director of the Privacy Engineering - Regulatory Compliance Lab (PERC_Lab). I received the 2023 NSF CAREER Award.
My research interests are in the areas of information privacy and security, privacy by design, software engineering, and programming comprehension. I apply my research to several applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Android, and iOS applications. The interdisciplinary nature of this research requires me to employ a variety of research methods, including requirements and software engineering, natural language processing, machine learning, deep learning, and empirical human studies.
I am the recipient of the Google Faculty Research Award in 2018 and Google’s Privacy-related Faculty Award in 2021.
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Mobile and Software Privacy and Security
Privacy for the Internet of Things (IoT)
Natural Language Understanding
Code Summarization and Code Generation
Regulatory Compliance Software Engineering
Privacy by Design and Privacy Requirements Analysis
(Goal-Oriented) Requirements Engineering
PhD, MSc. and Undergraduate Students
I am accepting highly motivated PhD, MSc. and BSc. students interested in privacy and security research in my research group, Privacy Engineering - Regulatory Compliance Lab (PERC). Prospective students need to have strong programming knowledge as well as good knowledge in NLP and deep learning. Please check the Projects page for information on the available projects.
"Ghanavati awarded $674,804 from NSF to study data privacy", UMaine News.
Our paper, Understanding Developers Privacy Concerns Through Reddit Thread Analysis, got accepted at NLP4RE'23 Workshop.
We have new members at PERC_Lab. Welcome to our group: Kenzie Young, Joe Godinez, Hannah Kleine, Garrette Engstrom, and Sean Radel.
Vijayanta Jain successfully defended his thesis proposal. Congratulations to our new Ph.D. Candidate.
We have a new member at PERC_Lab. Welcome to our group: Sara Haghighi.
Dr. Ghanavati won the UMaine Summer Fellowship award.
We presented our work at ACM WiSec 2022.
Our paper, PAcT: Detecting and Classifying Privacy Behavior of Android Applications, has been accepted at WiSec 2022.
Congratulations to Stephen Kaplan and Max Prybylo for receiving CUGR Summer Fellowship and MSGC Summer fellowship awards.