Aarathi Prasad

Assistant Professor
Computer Science, Skidmore College
Office: CIS 240B
Contact: aprasad at skidmore dot edu
Office hours (Online, Spring 2021): M 2-3:30pm, T 4-5pm, Th 6:30-8pm

FAQ for students
Smart Devices Lab website
Mentions in the news
ACM and IEEE member
CV (pdf) and short bio
Almost an ADK 46er. See personal website
Research Teaching

I run the Skidmore Smart Devices Lab, where we focus on problems related to usable security and privacy, mobile and wearable computing, Internet of Things, mHealth applications and wireless networks. My research has given me the opportunity to collaborate with excellent faculty and students in Psychology, Sociology, Physics and Dance departments at Skidmore and Union College.

Current Projects:
  • designing tools to monitor problematic smart device usage
  • addressing the privacy issues in mobile health apps
Past Projects:
  • understanding user expectations of use of smart devices in their homes
  • understanding how children use smart assistants
  • understanding factors that affect privacy attitudes of Internet users
  • developing wearable sensors for monitoring physical health
  • developing AR smartphone apps for addressing mental health issues

I teach introductory, and systems courses in computer science.
  • Introduction to Computer Science - I (CS 106)
    • Sample assignment: 2048 game.
  • Introduction to Computer Science - II (CS 206)
    • Sample assignment: a process scheduler using a priority queue.
  • Computer Organization (CS 318)
    • Sample assignment: building a simulated computer
  • Computer Networks (CS 327)
    • Sample assignment: building a mini-Internet called SkidNet
  • Mobile Computing (CS 328)
    • Sample assignment: a to-do list smartphone app
Senior Theses:
  • Afia Semin '20: Security Analysis and Implementation of Convex Hull Click Emoji
Independent Study projects:
  • Zoe Beals '22: smartphone app for managing phone use
  • William Shelley '21 and Paula Cabas: smartphone app for Adirondack Film Festival

You do not have to be a CS major to do research with me. I have worked with several first year students with minimal programming experience, as well as students who have never taken a CS course before! If you are interested in doing research with me, see FAQ!