Jay Ligatti

J. Ligatti

Professor and Director of Graduate Admissions

ENB 333 | 813-974-0908

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Research Interests

Software security and programming languages, including attacks on software, runtime defense mechanisms, theories of security, strong type systems for programming languages, tools for specifying and managing complex security policies, and applications of software security to other domains such as transportation systems.

Teaching Interests

Software security; programming languages; and compilers


  • PhD in Computer Science, Princeton University (2006)
  • MA in Computer Science, Princeton University (2003)
  • BS in Computer Science, University of South Carolina (2001)
  • BM in Music Composition, University of South Carolina (2001)

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Paper Award at the USENIX Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), (2021)
  • USF Excellence in Innovation Award (2017)
  • ACM Senior Member (2016)
  • Test of Time Award at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), for Control-Flow Integrity (2015)
  • USF Outstanding Research Achievement Award (2009)
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2008)
  • Best-paper award at the ACM Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI), (2007)