2015 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
Apu Kapadia is an associate professor of Computer Science and Informatics at Indiana University, where he is investigating topics related to security and privacy from a systems and human-factors perspective. He is particularly interested in pervasive, mobile, and wearable computing; crowdsourcing; anonymity; and peer-to-peer networks.
During his six years at Indiana, Kapadia received several NSF research grants, including a CAREER Award, to explore sensible privacy controls and feedback mechanisms that enable people to effectively manage the dissemination of their private information as recorded by sensors and their mobile devices. Most recently, he received a grant to develop new technologies to improve the privacy of people captured in images taken with wearable cameras.
Two of his papers relating to accountable anonymity were named runners-up for the 2009 Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies Award. His work on usable privacy controls received the Honorable Mention Award (runner-up for Best Paper) at the 2007 Conference on Pervasive Computing.
A recipient of a 2014 Google Research Award, Kapadia also received the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award in 2013. He served as program co-chair of the 2015 USENIX Summit on Information Technologies for Health (HealthTech), as well as the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) for both 2015 and 2016.
As a graduate student at Illinois, Kapadia earned a Department of Energy-sponsored High-Performance Computer Science Fellowship for his dissertation research on trustworthy communication. Before joining the IU faculty, Kapadia was a postdoctoral research fellow at Dartmouth College and a member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Lab.