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Dr Ruba Abu-Salma

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science, University College London (UCL)

Biographical details

Ruba Abu-Salma is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Computer Science at King’s College London (KCL). Ruba is affiliated with the Cybersecurity Group in the Department of Informatics. Her research is interdisciplinary. She works at the intersection of cybersecurity, privacy, human-computer interaction (HCI), privacy law, and public policy. She aims to explore and develop more equitable and trustworthy tools that improve people’s security, privacy, and online safety decision-making processes, especially those of vulnerable and marginalized populations. Her work has been published at top-tier venues including IEEE S&P (Oakland), USENIX Security, and ACM CHI. It has also been covered by the popular press, such as The New York Times, The Register, and CNET.


Before joining KCL in 2021, Ruba was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Usable Security and Privacy Group at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at the University of California, Berkeley, and in the PRIVATICS Team at Inria Sophia Antipolis.


Ruba earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from University College London (UCL) in 2020. Her dissertation focused on designing user-centered privacy-enhancing technologies. As a postgraduate student, she was supported by Google, a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Research Fellowship, and a Supporting Usability and Design in Security (SUDS) Fellowship from the Open Technology Fund (OTF). She also performed research at the Cambridge Cybercrime Center, Brave, and Telefónica Research.


Ruba is always on the lookout for talented Ph.D. students to work with her on topics sitting at the intersection of cybersecurity, privacy, HCI, and at-risk/marginalized populations. Interested candidates should email her (at their CV, a short research proposal, and any previous publications.



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