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 (such as buffer overflows and SQL injections), runtime defense mechanisms (such as CFI, firewalls, and other monitors), theories of security (such as security models, approaches to composing security policies, and enforceability theory), strong type systems for programming languages, and tools for specifying and managing complex security policies.

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

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)