My name is Daniel LeBlanc. I'm currently working on my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in the Psychology Department at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.
I've studied the usable security of graphical passwords, as well as various privacy, security, and trust issues concerned in user decision-making in online environments and interactions.
I've decided to start a new project, Aegis, in order to let others in the field know what I'm currently working on, what my research interests are, and how I can potentially help
with current and ongoing issues in computer security. Feel free to contact me to let me know your thoughts about this project. I appreciate your comments.
I've devoted my time and focus to research in the area of usable security. During my time at the graduate level, I've had the opportunity to work on various projects with experts in the
fields of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
My PhD thesis research topic deals with trust decisions users are faced with when in online environments. When people choose to visit a given website, or download and install
a computer program, they are making a trust decision about the supplier and source. It appears that a large majority of users commonly place their trust in most, if not all,
websites and software applications they encounter, and this causes significant security problems.
Any solutions proposed to reduce the threat of these bad websites and applications must include a consideration of the psychological processes of the end users.
My research deals with finding these solutions to the end-user trust problem.
Since beginning my Honour's undergraduate degree in Psychology, I've conducted interesting research in various areas.
Perception (Visual): For my undergraduate Honour's thesis, I researched whether luminosity distributions in visual scenes conformed to Zipf's power law. We were interested in seeing whether
the luminosity of a given visual scene followed a distinctive pattern such as this type of power law.
Human-Computer Interaction (Security): For my Master's thesis, I researched eye tracking in graphical password use. We were interested in finding out whether malicious users
could gather eye tracker data in an effort to guess other users' graphical password click-points.
Human-Computer Interaction (Security): For my PhD thesis, we're in the process of gathering pilot data for a large project on user trust in online environments and transactions.
We're interested in finding out more about why users often make decisions in online environments that can often lead to the theft of their personal information.
For more information on the projects I've done during my time as a student, please refer to the "Curriculum Vitae" section of this website.
Doctorate in Psychology (Human-Computer Interaction) Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, 2009 - Present
Master's Degree in Psychology (Human-Computer Interaction) Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, 2009
Bachelor's degree (High Honours)Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, 2006
Webmaster CertificateLa Cité collégiale, Ottawa, ON, 2001
Diploma in Design and Management of Multimedia ProductionsCCNB, Dieppe, NB, 2001
LeBlanc, D. Forget, A. Biddle, R. (2010). Guessing click-based graphical passwords by eye tracking. 2010 Eighth Annual International Conference on Privacy, Security, and Trust (PST),
LeBlanc, D., Forget, A., & Biddle, R. (2010). Guessing PassPoints by eye tracking. Poster Session, Second Internetworked Systems Security Network (ISSNet) Annual Workshop April 2010,
LeBlanc, D. (2009). Can preselection gaze distribution statistics predict graphical passwords? Master's Thesis. Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.
LeBlanc, D., Forget, A., Chiasson, S., & Biddle, R. (2008). Can eye gaze reveal graphical passwords? ACM Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS). Pittsburgh, USA: ACM.
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