Salman Ahmed
Research Staff Member, IBM Research
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Email: sahmed at ibm dot com

I am a Research Staff Member (aka Research Scientist) at IBM Research in the System and Cloud Security group. I obtained my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech supervised by Prof. Daphne Yao and I was former member of Yao Group. My research focuses on developing deployable tools with concrete methodologies and metrics to quantify and measure security assurance as well as improve cloud security.

I also worked on the automation and security of connected vehicle technology and the development of platform tools for embedded (e.g., smartwatches) and mobile devices. I obtained my bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (2013). I also worked as both Software and Senior Software Engineer at Samsung R&D.

Recent News

  • [Jan 03, 2023] Our paper accepted in AsiaCCS 2023!
  • [Feb 14, 2022] Our magazine article published! Link
  • [Jan 04, 2022] Joined as a Research Staff Member in IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center!
  • [Oct 20, 2021] A magazine article on privacy guarantees of BLE contact tracing accepted in IEEE Computer!
  • [Aug 07, 2021] Our tutorial on system security assurance accepted in IEEE SecDev 2021!
  • [Apr 26, 2021] Our journal on data-oritend attacks accepted in ACM TOPS!
  • [Jan 25, 2021] Another milestone achieved. Passed prelim!
  • [May 18, 2020] Our ASLR measurement work has been accepted in ACM CCS 2020.
  • [Mar 11, 2020] Got an offer from IBM Research as a Research intern for the upcoming summer.
  • [Feb 07, 2020] Our poster on fine-grained code randomization evaluation accepted by NDSS'20.
  • [Oct 23, 2019] Nominated for the IBM PhD Fellowship Award from CS@VT.
  • [Oct 08, 2019] Our ASLR manuscript is released on arxiv.
  • [Jun 10, 2019] Our SoK paper on Data-Oriented Attacks is accepted by SecDev.
  • [Feb 16, 2019] My Plan of Study (PoS) is approved.
  • [Feb 15, 2019] Passed Ph.D. Qualifier Exam.
  • [Feb 28, 2018] My MS thesis is selected as the outstanding MS thesis by TCGS [News].


  • Conference Sub-Reviewer: IEEE S&P (2020, 2019), CCS (2019, 2018), NDSS (2019), WWW (2019), ACSAC (2018), ASIACCS (2018), SecDev (2020), and CSET (2019)

Awards & Certifications

  • ETSU School of Graduate Studies Outstanding Thesis Award, April 18, 2018.
  • Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools Outstanding Master's Thesis Award, Feb 28, 2018. [Photo]
  • Outstanding Computing Graduate Student Award, Department of Computing, ETSU, April 20, 2017.
  • Samsung R&D Icon of the Month Award, Samsung R&D Institute Bangladesh, March 2015.


IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
1101 Kitchawan Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Email: sahmed AT ibm DOT com