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Alireza Sadeghi




Currently I'm working at Google .

Before that, I was a member of SEAL Lab, working under supervision of Prof. Sam Malek, where I received my Ph.D. in 2017 from Informatics Department of Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine.
I received the B.Sc. degree in computer (software) engineering and M.Sc. degree in information technology from Sharif University of Technology in 2008 and 2010.

My research interests focus on software engineering, specifically, applying program analysis techniques in the domain of mobile applications, particularly for the security assessment.


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  • Ph.D. in Software Engineering
    University of California, Irvine (2015-2017)
    • Supervisor: Dr. Sam Malek
    • Thesis: Efficient Permission-Aware Analysis of Android Applications
  • M.Sc. in Information Technology (Software Engineering)
    Sharif University of Technology (2008-2010)
  • B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (Software Engineering)
    Sharif University of Technology (2003-2008)
    • Supervisor: Seyed-Ebrahim Abtahi
    • Thesis: Analysis, Design and Implementation of a Customer Loyalty Management Support System.

Research Project

  • Efficient testing of Android apps(PATDroid, also collaborated in TrimDroid and ETM projects)
  • Security analysis of Android apps (COVERT & Separ & Terminator projects)
  • Safe updates on self-adapting systems (Savasana project)

Research Interests

  • Software Engineering:
    • Static and Dynamic Program Analysis
    • Mobile Software Systems
    • Mobile Security and Privacy

Teaching Experiences

  • Guest Lecturer: Software Architecture (Graduate Course)
    University of California, Irvine (2016)
  • Teaching Assistant: Advanced topics in software engineering (Graduate Course)
    Sharif University of Technology (2011)
  • Teaching Assistant: Software Testing (Graduate Course)
    Sharif University of Technology (2009)
    Shahid Beheshti University (2009)
    Islamic Azad University, Science and Research (2009)



  • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (IFS)
  • International Workshop on App Market Analytics (WAMA) - 2017
  • Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems (SEMAS) - 2015
  • Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA) - 2014


  • NSF travel grant for attending ICSE'16 (2016)
  • SIGSOFT CAPS travel grant for attending and presenting at ICSE'15 (2015)
  • ETAPS scholarship for attending and presenting at FASE'14 (2014)
  • Eligible to study Ph.D. program as a talent student (2010)
    Sharif University of Technology
  • Ranked 1st among approximately 3,000 participants (Information Technology major) (2008)
    Iran’s Nationwide Graduate School Entrance Exam


Refereed Journal Articles

  • Alireza Sadeghi, Naeem Esfahani, Sam Malek
    Ensuring the Consistency of Adaptation through Inter- and Intra-Component Dependency Analysis
    ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM): 26(1): 2:1-2:27 (2017)
  • Alireza Sadeghi, Hamid Bagheri, Joshua Garcia, Sam Malek
    A Taxonomy and Qualitative Comparison of Program Analysis Techniques for Security Assessment of Android Software
    IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE): 43(6):492-530 (2017).
  • Hamid Bagheri, Joshua Garcia, Alireza Sadeghi, Sam Malek and Nenad Medvidovic
    Software Architectural Principles in Contemporary Mobile Software: from Conception to Practice
    Journal of Systems and Software (JSS) 119: 31-44:(2016)
  • Hamid Bagheri, Alireza Sadeghi, Joshua Garcia, Sam Malek
    COVERT: Compositional Analysis of Android Inter-Ap Permission Leakage
    IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) 41(9): 866-886 (2015)
  • Alireza Sadeghi, Seyed-Hassan Mirian-Hosseinabadi
    Mbtdd: Model Based Test Driven Development
    International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (IJSEKE) 22(8): 1085-1102 (2012)

Refereed Conference/Workshop Proceedings

  • Alireza Sadeghi, Reyhaneh Jabbarvand, and Sam Malek
    PATDroid: Permission-aware GUI Testing of Android
    European Software Engineering Conference and ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE), September 2017, Paderborn, Germany
  • Alireza Sadeghi, Naeem Esfahani, and Sam Malek
    Mining Mobile App Markets for Prioritization of Security Assessment Effort
    2nd International Workshop on App Market Analytics (WAMA 2017), Paderborn, Germany, September 2017.
  • Bradley Schmerl, Jeff Gennari, Alireza Sadeghi, Hamid Bagheri, Sam Malek, Javier Camara, and David Garlan
    Architecture Modeling and Analysis of Security in Android Systems.
    European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA), September 2016, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Reyhaneh Jabbarvand, Alireza Sadeghi, Hamid Bagheri, Sam Malek
    Energy-aware test-suite minimization of android apps.
    International Symposum on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA), July 2016, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Hamid Bagheri, Alireza Sadeghi, Reyhaneh Jabbarvand, Sam Malek
    Practical, formal synthesis and automatic enforcement of security policies for android.
    International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), June 2016, Toulouse, France
  • Nariman Mirzaei, Joshua Garcia, Hamid Bagheri, Alireza Sadeghi, Sam Malek
    Reducing Combinatorics in GUI Testing of Android Applications.
    International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), May 2016, Austin, TX
  • Alireza Sadeghi, Hamid Bagheri, Sam Malek
    Analysis of Android Inter-App Security Vulnerabilities Using COVERT.
    International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) - Tool Demonstrations, May 2015, Florence, Italy
  • Reyhaneh Jabbarvand, Alireza Sadeghi, Joshua Garcia, Sam Malek, Paul Ammann
    EcoDroid: An Approach for Energy-Based Ranking of Android Apps
    International Workshop on Green and Sustainable Software (GREENS), May 2015, Florence, Italy
  • Alireza Sadeghi, Naeem Esfahani, Sam Malek
    Mining the Categorized Software Repositories to Improve the Analysis of Security Vulnerabilities.
    Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering (FASE), April 2014, Grenoble, France
  • Sam Malek, Hamid Bagheri, Alireza Sadeghi
    Automated detection and mitigation of inter-application security vulnerabilities in Android
    International Workshop on Software Development Life-cycle for Mobile (DeMobile), November 2014, Hong Kong, China
  • Seyed-Hassan Mirian-Hosseinabadi, Zahra Aghakasiri, Alireza Sadeghi, Parisa Delfani and Morteza Ghandehari
    Emphasizing experiences in teaching software engineering courses
    International Conference on Education Technology and Computer (ICETC), June 2010, Shanghai, China


Work Experiences

  • Software Engineer
    Google Inc., Irvine, CA (November 2017 - Present)
  • Software Engineering Intern
    Google Inc., Mountain View, CA (Summer 2016)
  • Graduate Research Assistant
    University of California, Irvine, CA (September 2015- June 2016)
  • Software Engineering Intern
    Google Inc., Mountain View, CA (Summer 2015)
  • Graduate Research Assistant
    George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (September 2012- June 2015)
  • Software Development Manager
    Raydana Co., Tehran, Iran (January 2009-September 2012)
  • Software Designer and Developer
    Raydana Co., Tehran, Iran (September 2005- January 2009)

Distinguished Projects and Products

  • CyberERP®: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system (2005-2011)
    A web-based native ERP developed in Iran.
  • Sana Project: Electronic Supervision System of Supreme Audit Court (2011-2012)
    In cooperation with Tosan Co. and Magfa ITDC.

IT Tools and Skills

  • Programming/Scripting Languages
    • Java, Python, JavaScript, C*, php*
  • Modeling Languages
    • UML, BPML
  • Software Development Frameworks
    • Mobile App Development (Android)
    • JEE/Web Development Hibernate, Struts, Spring (MVC, Security), JSP, JQuery, AJAX, GWT*
    • Oracle Fusion Middleware* (SOA suite, BPEL Manager, Web Center, Identity Manager, Service Bus, Business Intelligent)
  • Database and Application Server
    • Database: Oracle, MySQL
    • Application Server: Weblogic, Tomcat
  • Development Tools and Environments
    • Eclipse, JDeveloper*, IntelliJ, Android Studio
    • Build Tools (Ant, Maven, Gradle)
    • Collaborative development tools (Jira, Crucible*)
  • Project Management Tools
    • Primavera*, MS Project*
  • Computer Science/Research Tools
    • Static Program Analysis (Soot)
    • Data Mining (Weka)
* Familiar with / less than 1 year professional experience.

Selected Open-Source Projects