Research Assistant Professor / Research Staff. International Computer Science Institute (ICSI)

  • Affiliation: IMDEA Networks Institute, ICSI - University of California, Berkeley
    • PhD: Computer Science - University of Cambridge. Cambridge, UK
  • Former position: Research Staff. International Computer Science Institute (ICSI)
  • Joining date: October 2016


  • Network Measurements
  • Privacy and Security
  • IoT


I am an Assistant Research Professor at IMDEA Networks since October 2016 where I lead the Internet Analytics Group (IAG). I also hold a part-time appointment as Research Scientist at the Networking and Security team at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at Berkeley (USA) and I am one of the co-founders of AppCensus.

I obtained his Ph.D in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Prof.Jon Crowcroft. Before joining the PhD program, I gained industry experience at Vodafone R&D and Telefonica Research. I have been the PI of several international projects (EU H2020, USA NSF).

My research falls in the area of empirical network measurements, with a focus on network performance, protocol analysis, and also privacy and security aspects of mobile apps. My most recent research efforts have explored the intersection of regulatory compliance (e.g., U.S.A. COPPA Rule and EU’s GDPR), software transparency, consumer protection, and privacy using empirical methods.

My research output has received best paper awards at the 2020 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P), USENIX Security’19, ACM IMC’18, ACM HotMiddlebox’15, and ACM CoNEXT’14. Specifically, my research work at the intersection of mobile security and privacy law has influenced policy changes and security improvements in the Android platform. The societal value of my research contributions has been recognized by European Data Protection Agencies and key industry players. Among others, I received distinctions such as the AEPD Emilio Aced Award (in 2019 and 2020), the CNIL-INRIA Privacy Protection Award (2019), the Caspar Bowden PETS Award (2020), and the IETF/IRTF Applied Networking Research Award. Additionally, I am the recipient of industry grants such as the 2018 Google Faculty Research Awards, DataTransparencyLab Grant in 2016, and Qualcomm’s Innovation Fellowship in 2012. International media outlets like The Washington Post, The Markup, The New York Times, The Guardian, Financial Times, Wired, ArsTechnica, NPR, and El Pais have covered my research findings.

For an up-to-date and complete list of my research publications, you can visit my Google Scholar profile (sort it by year to see my most recent publications).

A PDF version of my full CV is available here.

I am always looking for motivated PostDocs, Ph.D., master’s and undergraduate students interested in exploring the general areas of network measurements, mobile security and privacy. If you are one of them, feel free to contact me at any time to explore potential opportunities.

Ph.D students:


Former Ph.D students:

  • Abbas Razaghpanah (Now Research Scientist at ICSI, co-supervised with Prof. Phillipa Gill)
  • PC chair. 1st ACM MobiSys Workshop on Mobile Data (MOBIDATA), 2016. Co-located with ACM Mobicom
  • Demo co-chair at ACM Mobicom, 2020
  • Workshop co-chair at ACM CoNEXT, 2018
  • PC Member: ACM SIGSAC CCS (2020, 2021), ACM Internet Measurements Conference (IMC) (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018), Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018), IEEE/IFIP TMA Conference (TMA) (2021, 2019, 2018), Passive and Active Measurements (PAM) (2019, 2018, 2017), ACM CoNEXT (2018, 2017), Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT) (2018), ACM HotMobile (2018), ACM CoNEXT Student Workshop (2016, 2015).
  • Journal reviewer: SIGCOMM CCR, IEEE Transactions of Networking, IEEE Communication Letters,
    IEEE JSAC Special Issue on Measuring and Troubleshooting the Internet, IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Transactions of Mobile Computing.
  • Research projects