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 Certificate
La Cité collégiale, Ottawa, ON, 2001

Diploma in Design and Management of Multimedia Productions
CCNB, Dieppe, NB, 2001

Independent Research Project (IRP): "Building and testing a framework for understanding trust processes during software/malware installations", 2010

Directed Readings: "A literature review of various topics relating to mental models in the area of Human-Computer Interaction", 2010

Master's Thesis: "Can gaze distribution statistics predict graphical passwords?", 2009

Directed Readings: "Memory research literature relevant to studies in computer security", 2008

Directed Readings: "Rasmussen and Vincente's models of human understanding and system design: Ecological interface design", 2008

Honour's Thesis: "Statistical analysis of luminance distributions from natural and artificial scenes", 2006

Directed Readings: "A literature review of the tools used in image-based measurement systems", 2005
Research Assistant: Dr. Biddle, Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, 2007 to 2011

Teaching Assistant: PSYC 1001, Introduction to Psychology, Christopher Motz, Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, 2008

Teaching Assistant: PSYC 3604, Abnormal Psychology, Christopher Motz, Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, 2008

Teaching Assistant: PSYC 3702, Perception Psychology, Dr. Tansley, Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, 2008

Teaching Assistant: PSYC 2100, Developmental Psychology, Dr. Campbell, Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, 2007

Teaching Assistant: PHIL 2106, Computer Ethics, Dr. Dubrule, Department of Philosophy, Carleton University, Ottawa, 2005, 2007
Consulting: Industry Canada Session Facilitator, Neo Insight, 2011. Work consisted of facilitating French user testing sessions on Industry Canada's website.

Consulting: City of Ottawa forms redesign project, Neo Insight, 2008, 2009. Work consisted of redesigning City of Ottawa builder application forms.

Sales: Product Expert in Home Theatre Electronics and Equipment, Future Shop, 2007, 2008. Work consisted of providing advice to clients, as well as conducting sales transactions.

Teaching: Educational Teacher, Le Manege, 2005, 2006, 2007. Work consisted of teaching kinderkarten and the after-school program.

Website Design: Web Designer, O'Brien Foundation, 2001. Work consisted of designing and implementing the O'Brien Foundation's website. http://www.obrienfoundation.ca
Fluent in both English and French, in terms of written, oral, and reading

Good leadership and project management skills

Excellent proficiency in time-management and in meeting deadlines for research and projects

Ability to communicate with fellow students on a social level as well as a teaching assistant’s level

Proficiency in computers, including programming languages (e.g. HTML, JavaScript, Cold Fusion, R statistics) and several different software suites (e.g. Microsoft Office [i.e. Access, PowerPoint, Word, Excel], Microsoft Windows [XP, Vista, and 7], Mac OS X, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash).

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), pp. 197-204.

LeBlanc, D., Forget, A., & Biddle, R. (2010). Guessing PassPoints by eye tracking. Poster Session, Second Internetworked Systems Security Network (ISSNet) Annual Workshop April 2010, Ottawa, Canada.

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.

Daniel LeBlanc
Psychology Department
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5B6

Email: dblanc@connect.carleton.ca

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