Ian G. Harris

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

University of California Irvine

Short Bio

Ian G. Harris is currently Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education in the Computer Science Department at the University of California Irvine. He received his BS degree in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of California San Diego in 1992 and 1997 respectively. He was a member of the faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1997 until June 2003.

Research Areas

Research projects in Professor Harris' group is related to testing of hardware and software systems. His field of interest includes validation of hardware systems to ensure that the behavior of the system matches the intentions of the designer. He also investigates the application of testing for computer security. Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a prominent theme in Professor Harris' work in both security and verification. NLP techniques are used to extract information from hardware specifications, and NLP techniques are used to identify social engineering attacks in a dialog between two speakers.


Professor Harris serves on the program committees of several leading conferences in verification and security including IEEE Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST), Haifa Verification Conference (HVC), and the IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security.

Professor Harris is also co-organizer of the Workshop for Design Automation for Understanding of Hardware Designs (DUHDe) held in conjunction with IEEE/ACM Design Automation and Test in Europe 2016. The aim of the workshop is to consolidate the research community for problems related to design understanding across multiple levels of abstraction. Problems of interest include Automatic Feature Extraction, Reverse Engineering, and Synthesis/Verification from Natural Language.