academic research

I have a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington. My thesis focused on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD). Specifically, I worked on building technology for existing infrastructure in the developing world.

My Computer Science Master’s degree was based on brain-computer interface and machine learning work with Raj Rao at the UW. I was applying classifiers to brain recordings taken while patients were moving their hands. The long term goal of this work was to drive dexterous control of a robotic arm using the brain.

I also have an MPhil in neuroscience from the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge I was working with Robin Franklin, whose group studies remyelination. Myelin is the sheath surrounding most nerves in the body, much like the insulation around a wire. It is unusual in that it regenerates effectively after injury, unlike most other parts of the central nervous system. This process is called ‘remyelination’. It is also the focal point of several diseases, including multiple sclerosis. In my MPhil I looked at the potential role of a pseudogene in remyelination.

In the past I’ve focused on neurobiology. As an undergraduate (and after graduating) I worked in several labs, mostly focusing on neuroregeneration. These include the labs of Olivia Bermingham-McDonogh (the inner ear), Tom Reh (the retina), and Helen Sherk (the visual system).


  • Computer Security for Data Collection Technologies (Invited Submission). Camille Cobb and Samuel Sudar, Nicholas Reiter, Richard Anderson, Franziska Roesner, and Tadayoshi Kohno. 2018. Development Engineering. pdf elsevier

  • Demo: Siskin: Leveraging the Browser to Share Web Content in Disconnected Environments. Samuel Sudar, Matt Welsh, and Richard Anderson. 2017. Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on Challenged Networks (CHANTS’17). pdf acm

  • Computer Security for Data Collection Technologies. Camille Cobb and Samuel Sudar, Nicholas Reiter, Richard Anderson, Franziska Roesner, and Tadayoshi Kohno. 2016. ICTD’16. pdf acm slides

  • DUCES: A Framework for Characterizing and Simplifying Mobile Deployments in Low-Resource Settings. Samuel R Sudar and Richard Anderson. 2015. DEV ‘15. pdf acm slides

  • Video: Open Data Kit Tables. Samuel Sudar, Waylon Brunette, and Gaetano Borriello. 2014. MobiSys ‘14. pdf video acm

  • Demo: Open Data Kit 2.0 Tool Suite. Waylon Brunette, Samuel Sudar, and Gaetano Borriello. 2014. MobiSys ‘14. pdf acm

  • ODK Tables: Case Studies in Deployment. Samuel Sudar, Saloni Parikh, Mitchell Sundt, Gaetano Borriello. 2013. DEV-4 ‘13. pdf acm

  • ODK Tables: Building easily customizable information applications on Android devices. Waylon Brunette, Samuel Sudar, Nicholas Worden, Dylan Price, Richard Anderson, Gaetano Borriello. 2013. DEV ‘13. pdf acm

  • P53 is required for the developmental restriction in Müller glial proliferation in mouse retina. Yumi Ueki, Mike O. Karl, Samuel Sudar, Julia Pollak, Russell J. Taylor, Kati Loeffler, Matthew S. Wilken, Sara Reardon, Thomas A. Reh. 2012. Glia. pdf pubmed