Biography

I am an assistant professor in Software Engineering at the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University and the director of Privacy Engineering - Regulatory Compliance Lab (PERC Lab). My research interests are in the areas of information privacy, computer security, requirements and software engineering and the Internet of Things (IoT). 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, empirical human studies and grounded theory.

Publication Index

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Research Interests

  • Privacy and Security in Software Engineering
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Usable Privacy
  • Applied Natural Language Processing
  • Privacy by Design
  • (Goal-Oriented) Requirements Engineering
  • Enterprise Architecture Engineering

Recent Events

  • nsfDr. Ghanavati has received NSF Support Grant for Junior Researchers - CNS-1257011 - Schloss Dagstuhl for attending Dagstuhl Seminar 18171, "Normative Multi-Agent Systems", 2017.
  • Paper Accepted at ER Conference 2017 - Aaron K. Massey, Eric Holtgrefe and Sepideh Ghanavati, Modeling Regulatory Ambiguities for Requirements Analysis

Call for Papers

RE 2018 - 26th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
RE18

Important Dates - Research Papers
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, Feb 16, 2018
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018
  • Paper Notification: Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Camera-ready Due: TBD

A PhD Position Opening

I am now accepting a PhD student interested in privacy challenges in IoT to join my research group, Privacy Engineering - Regulatory Compliance Lab (PERC) in Spring 2018. The candidate needs to have a solid background in the concepts and foundation of privacy, software engineering, machine learning or natural language processing algorithms and Java or Python programming. The applicants must be either registered at Texas Tech University in the Computer Science Department or be willing to apply for the PhD program at the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech. If you are interested, please email me (sepideh.ghanavati@ttu.edu) and summarize your background in the body of the email and attach your CV in PDF format. You will hear from me if there is a good match. Thank you.

Master's Thesis, Master's Project, Master's Report and Individual Studies at Texas Tech University

I am now accepting BSc. and MSc. students from TTU interested in Software Engineering for individual studies, Master's thesis, Master's projects or reports in my research group, Privacy Engineering - Regulatory Compliance Lab (PERC) at the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University. The project defined for this opening will be on Privacy and Security in Software Engineering, Modeling and Mining Privacy Regulations, Applied Natural Language Processing and Requirements Engineering. The applicants must be registered at Texas Tech University in the Computer Science Department.