Faizan Ahmad

I am a Masters student in the department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. I am advised by Dr. Ahmed Abbasi from Mcintire School of Commerce. My research is focused on the intersection of applied deep learning, text analytics, cyber security and business analytics. Previously, I worked in Systems and Security lab in LUMS under the supervision of Dr. Fareed Zaffar

Email: fa7pdn@virginia.edu

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What's New

November 2018: Our paper on "Countering Cryptojacking and Parasitic Miners on the Web" accepted at IEEE INFOCOM 2019.
October 2018: I will be interning at Facebook as a Security Engineer Intern in Summer, 2019.
August 2018: Two papers on Deep Learning for Adverse Event Detection and Psychometric Text Classification accepted at INFORMS Data Science Workshop 2018
August 2018: Joined the University of Virginia for Masters in Computer Science.
July 2018: Left Systems and Security Lab in LUMS.
June 2018: Graduated among top 1% students in my batch.
April 2018: Our work on Origin Bound CAPTCHAS accepted at Securecomm 2018.
March 2018: Admitted to PhD programs of Georgia Tech, Purdue and Northeastern. Got fully funded Masters admission in UVA and UIUC.
November 2017: Our joint work with UIUC and UIC on Typosquatting accepted at IEEE INFOCOM 2018.
June 2016: Joined Systems and Security Lab in LUMS under the supervision of Dr. Fareed Zaffar.


Publications

Countering Cryptojacking and Parasitic Miners on the Web
Rashid Tahir, Sultan Khan, Faizan Ahmad, Hammas Saeed, Fareed Zaffar
IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications 2019 (IEEE INFOCOM)

A Deep Learning Architecture for Psychometric Natural Language Processing
Jingjing Li, Ahmed Abbasi, Faizan Ahmad, Hsinchun Chen
Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS) 2018

Finding Needles in a Haystack: Deep Learning for Rare Adverse Event Detection
Faizan Ahmad, Ahmed Abbasi, Brent Kitchens, Daniel Zeng
INFORMS Workshop on Data Science 2018

A Deep Learning Architecture for Psychometric Natural Language Processing (Best Paper Nominee)
Jingjing Li, Ahmed Abbasi, Faizan Ahmad, Hsinchun Chen
INFORMS Workshop on Data Science 2018

It's All in the Name: Why Some URLs are More Vulnerable to Typosquatting
Rashid Tahir, Ali Raza, Faizan Ahmad, Jehangir Kazi, Fareed Zaffar, Chris Kanich, Matthew Caesar
IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications 2019 (IEEE INFOCOM)

Detecting and Defending Against Certificate Attacks with Origin Bound CAPTCHAS
Adil Ahmad, Faizan Ahmad, Lei Wei, Vinod Yegneswaran,Fareed Zaffar
The 14th EAI International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks 2018 (Securecomm)



Research

My current research mostly revolves around deep learning and text analytics. We are currently working with different companies to solve high impact problems using deep learning and machine learning methods. I have also worked with professors from UIUC, UIC and UIOWA to solve problem related to security using deep learning.

Cyber Security Experience

I love the field of Computer Security. I used to do bug bounty hunting in web applications in my first and second year of undergrad. I have been acknowledged by 25+ companies for finding critical vulnerabilities in web applications. These companies include Google, Apple, Microsoft, Huawei, Sony and many more. I received many cool gifts and prizes from these companies including several t-shirts and a few hundred dollars.