Josephine Passananti

Undergraduate Computer Science Student

University of Chicago


About Me


I am a third year undergraduate at the University of Chicago with an intended major in Computer Science and minor in Visual Arts.




Emily Wenger, Josephine Passananti, Yuanshun Yao, Haitao Zheng, Ben Y. Zhao. In Submission.

Backdoor Attacks Against Facial Recognition in the Physical World
Current Research

In the Backdoor Attacks paper I implemented a defense strategy that detects attacks with comparable and even higher accuracy than current systems, I collected data, trained ML models, ran analysis on them, and conducted a literature review on relevant works. I am currently extending my research on Physical Backdoors attacks against facial recognition to object recognition by training models with poisoned datasets and analyzing the effectiveness of these attacks.

Past Research

Past projects have included an analysis of cryptocurrency trends over time, specifically Ethereum, Ripple, Monero, and Litecoin and a user study based on Reddit/Bitcoin Talk data.


Microsoft Research Internship


Microsoft Blog

Research Abstract