George Chalhoub

George Chalhoub

PhD Student at Oxford University

I am a second-year Ph.D. Cyber Security student at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. I am also an entrepreneur, a web developer, a webmaster, a threat analyst, and a UX researcher. I am an expert contributor at Oxford Analytica and assist many cybersecurity businesses in the United States.

Outside of my work at Oxford, I am the owner and the webmaster of one of the most trafficked websites in the world, according to Alexa Rank (top 10,000) and Similar Web (top 5,000). My website serves more than 30 million unique users (unique IPs) per month who consume more than one petabyte (PB) of content per month.

  • Program: Cyber Security CDT
  • College:Pembroke College
  • Department: Computer Science
  • located:Wolfson Building
Oxford Profile

Research and Academia

My Ph.D. research explores how user experience (UX) principles can inform the design of security and privacy in smart home IoT devices (e.g., smart speakers, smart cameras, and smart lights). My research is multidisciplinary and exploratory; it spans human factors in computer security and privacy. My research is looking at two angles: (i) users and (ii) designers. I seek to understand users' needs, feelings, perceptions, and behaviors concerning their security and privacy in the smart home. As for the designers, I seek to understand design processes, practices, and challenges that occur during the development process of security and privacy in the smart home. For more details on my research approach, click here. I open to collaboration with academics and experts that are working in the field of usable (or experience-centered) security and privacy. Research topics that are interesting to me include:

  • Designer and developer perceptions/practices.
  • Smart home personal assistants (e.g., Google Home).
  • Privacy and security empowering tools.
  • GDPR compliance practice in the smart home.
  • Exploratory secure and/or respectful smart home tools.
  • Safety for non-primary smart home users (e.g., bystanders, children).
  • Usable authentication for smart home devices.
  • User needs and perceptions in end-to-end encryption tools.
  • Digital addiction in social media and messaging applications.
  • URL simplification and phishing on the web.

I am also seeking research internships in the area of usable security of web browsers and applications (e.g., see Thompson et. al). Venues that are very interesting to me include CHI, SOUPS, CSCW, USENIX, ACM CCS, and IEEE S&P. Please get in touch if you have an interesting research idea that you want to work on.

Publications

George Chalhoub and Ivan Flechais. "Alexa‚ are you spying on me?": Exploring the Effect of User Experience on the Security and Privacy of Smart Speaker Users. In 22nd International Conference on Human−Computer Interaction (HCII2020). Springer. May, 2020.

George Chalhoub‚ Ivan Flechais‚ Norbert Nthala‚ Ruba Abu−Salma and Elie Tom. Factoring User Experience into the Security and Privacy Design of Smart Home Devices: A Case Study. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020). ACM. April, 2020.

George Chalhoub. The UX of Things: Exploring UX Principles to Inform Security and Privacy Design in the Smart Home. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020). ACM. April, 2020.

Website Development

I have been a webmaster for solid eight years (since 2012), where I developed dozens of websites. Out of all sites that I've developed, I'm very fortunate to be running through my startup, a top 10,000 Alexa website that is visited by one million unique users per day who consume around 40TB of content daily. We use enterprise platforms (e.g., Cloudflare, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform) to develop, host, monitor, protect, and scale our website. We follow Google's philosophy of "focus on the user, and all else will follow" in every decision we make. That is, we put the user experience and needs on top of all other aspects.

Highlighted Project: 3DPump.co.uk, in partnership with LLoyd's Register.

  • Dissertation project supervised by Dr. Abdolbaghi Rezazadeh.
  • Part of my MSc Computer Science at the University of Southampton.
  • Completed in direct partnership with Lloyd's Register Foundation.
  • 3DPump.co.uk is a 3D information system for ship pump navy systems.
  • Part of a large-scale multi-million-pound project.
  • Processed ship data for monitoring, repairing and training.
  • Collected and presented data from real components and sensors for analysis.
  • Enabled military experts to detect faults in ship pump systems.

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    OxfordFss

    Oxford's War and Peace Events Webpage

    https://www.warandpeace.ox.ac.uk/events

    SilverBot

    SilverBot

    https://www.github.com/georgechalhoub/hacktrain6

    OxfordFss

    Oxford Fintech & SmartLaw Society Website

    www.oxfordfss.org

    RailTracer

    RailTracer: Applying AI to improve and augment the UK rail infrastructure

    github.com/georgechalhoub/hacktrain5

    prexams.com

    Prexams: Previous Exams and University Material

    prexams.com

    3d-pump.co.uk

    3DPump: 3D Web-based information System

    3dpump.co.uk

    House Guru

    House Guru: House Searching Map and Service

    houseguru.georgechalhoub.com

    Leznuper: Unity 3D Story Engine Game

    Leznuper: Unity 3D Story Engine Game

    https://cdn.georgechalhoub.com/academia/soton/comp3218/projects/cw2/webuild/version5/index.html

    Slice The Board: Unity 2D Puzzle Game

    Slice The Board: Unity 2D Puzzle Game

    https://cdn.georgechalhoub.com/academia/soton/comp3218/projects/cw1/finalbuild/index.html

    Space Tunnel: Procedural Generation Game

    Space Tunnel: Procedural Generation Game

    https://cdn.georgechalhoub.com/academia/soton/comp3218/projects/cw3/version1/index.html

    Sawa Tarneeb: Cloud HTML5 Cards Application

    Sawa Tarneeb: Cloud HTML5 Cards Application

    https://sawatarneeb.firebaseapp.com/

    Bang Bang: 3D Unity Game

    Bang Bang: 3D Unity Game

    https://github.com/georgechalhoub/Bang-Bang-3D-Game-in-Unity

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    NRHL.ORG: Library Management System in PHP

    www.nrhl.org

    2D Side Scrolling Endless Runner Game in Unity

    Halloween Rush: 2D Unity Endless Runner Game

    https://github.com/georgechalhoub/2D-Side-Scrolling-Endless-Runner-Game-in-Unity

    DSL vs. TDM Discrete Event Simulations: OMnet++ Project

    DSL vs. TDM Discrete Event Simulations: OMnet++ Project

    https://github.com/georgechalhoub/DSL-vs.-TDM-Discrete-Event-Simulations

    Mnbayti Shopping Website

    Mnbayti: Grocery Shopping Website

    mnbayti.myshopify.com

    TextMechanic.co Website

    Text Mechanic: Useful Text Tools

    textmechanic.co

    Majd.io

    Majd: Artificially Intelligent Chat Bot

    majd.io

    Capital Weather Forecast Tool: Java Application

    Capital Weather Forecast Tool: Java Application

    https://github.com/georgechalhoub/Capital-Weather-Forecast-Tool

    JavaProblems.com Website

    Java Problems

    www.javaproblems.com

    Acessible+: Accessiblity Website

    Acessible+: Accessiblity Website

    https://cdn.georgechalhoub.com/academia/soton/comp6219/website/index.html

    Touch Typing: Java Application

    Touch Typing: Java Application

    https://github.com/georgechalhoub/Touch-Type-Typing-App-GUI-Java-Application

    Job Hunt: C# Application

    Job Hunt: C# Application

    https://github.com/georgechalhoub/Job-Employment-System-via-C-

    Fuel Webapp Calculator

    Fuel Webapp Calculator

    comp6235.nrhl.org

    Crime and Punishment: Data Story with Tableau

    Crime and Punishment: Data Story with Tableau

    https://cdn.georgechalhoub.com/academia/soton/comp6234/website/datvi/index.html

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    Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford
    Wolfson Building, Parks Road
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