Brian Neil Levine

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Networking and security, including digital forensics, mobile networking, and privacy.


Professor Levine's research interests are in the areas of networking and security. His focus is largely on both enabling ubiquitous computing and providing solutions to the related consequences for privacy and digital investigations. In the area of security, his research is focused on digital forensics and privacy, funded by the NSF, the Dept of Justice, and Operation Underground Rescue. Prof. Levine often works in collaboration with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. His research group's joint project with ICAC on the investigation of Internet-based child sexual exploitation has had national impact, resulting in many thousands of prosecutions for child pornography possession and the rescue of hundreds of children from sexually abusive situations by investigators. In the networking area, his research includes work on mobile networking, disruption tolerant networks, and peer-to-peer networking. Prof. Levine's work on mobility has been funded by the NSF, DARPA, and the GENI program.


Ph.D., M.S. Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz; B.S. Applied Mathematics & Computer Science, University at Albany. Professor Levine joined the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an Assistant Professor in 1999. He was promoted to Professor in 2010.

Activities & Awards

He received a CAREER award in 2002 for work in peer-to-peer networking, one of NSF's most prestigious awards for new faculty. He was a UMass Lilly Teaching Fellow in 2003 and was awarded the College of Natural Sciences' Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007. In 2008, he received the Alumni Award for Excellence in Science and Technology from the Univ. at Albany. He served as an associate editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking from 2005--2010. He was the TPC Co-Chair of ACM MobiCom 2011, TPC Vice Chair of the 2011 Digital Forensics Research Conference, and TPC Chair of the 2012 Digital Forensics Research Conference. He was awarded the Outstanding Research Award from the UMass College of Natural Sciences in 2011. In 2012, he was invited to give testimony to the US Sentencing Commission hearing on "Federal Child Pornography Offenses". In 2013, he was a keynote speaker for the USENIX SYSTOR conference. In 2015, he was a keynote speaker at the annual Yahoo Tech Pulse Conference. In 2016, he was selected as a UMass Amherst Spotlight scholar.