Email: e.decristofaro (at) ucl (dot) ac (dot) uk
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Dr. Emiliano De Cristofaro


Associate Professor, Security and Privacy Enhancing Technologies
University College London, Department of Computer Science
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom
6.04 Malet Place Engineering Building (map)



Short Bio

I am an Associate Professor ("Reader" until recently) in Security and Privacy Enhancing Technologies at University College London (UCL), where I am affiliated with the Computer Science Department and the Information Security Group. Before joining UCL in 2013, I was a research scientist at Xerox PARC. I received a summa-cum-laude Laurea degree in Computer Science from the University of Salerno, Italy (2005), then, in 2011, a PhD in Networked Systems from the University of California, Irvine, advised by Gene Tsudik. My dissertation, titled "Sharing Sensitive Information with Privacy," can be found here. During my PhD, I also spent a few months on research internships at NEC in Heidelberg (2008), INRIA in Grenoble (2009), and Nokia in Lausanne (2010).

Overall, I do research in security and privacy enhancing technologies. These days I work on understanding and countering security issues via measurement studies and data-driven analysis, as well as tackling problems at the intersection of machine learning and security/privacy.

Recent News

  • Two papers conditionally accepted at PETS 2019 – congrats Alexandros, Luca, and Jamie!
  • Our paper "On the Origins of Memes by Means of Fringe Web Communities" accepted at IMC 2018 (pre-print here) – congrats Savvas et al.!
  • Invited to serve in the PC of NDSS 2019
  • Invited to teach at the ECRYPT-NET School on Integrating Advanced Cryptography with Applications in Kos, Greece, September 2018
  • Papers recently accepted at IEEE TKDE, ACNS'18, PST'18, and SECRYPT'18 – congrats Luca, Andrea, Lucky, Neema, et al.!
  • Invited to serve as Privacy Area Chair for ACM CCS 2018
  • Paper accepted at ICWSM'18 (pre-print here) – congrats Savvas et al.!
  • Our paper "AnoniMME: Bringing Anonymity to the Matchmaker Exchange Platform for Rare Disease Gene Discovery" accepted at ISMB'18 (pre-print here) – congrats Bristena!

Research Group

I am very proud to supervise:

I am also very lucky to collaborate with a number of other students at UCL and elsewhere, including Savvas Zannettou, Enrico Mariconti, Despoina Chatzakou, Jamie Hayes, and Andrea Cerulli.

Working with me

Please send me a short, personal email with your CV and 2-3 paragraphs summarizing your research interests, whether you have funding, and whether you have already contacted someone in UCL's Information Security Group, if you are interested in:

  • Applying for a PhD or post-doc under my supervision. If I don't have specific openings announced, you could find information about scholarships for outstanding students on this page. We also have funding through the Security Science Doctoral Training Center and the Alan Turing Institute
  • Being hosted at UCL on research visits or fellowships. There are several opportunities for fellowships, including with the EPSRC, Royal Society, Marie Curie, Fulbright, etc.

Teaching (2018-19)


I was born in Avellino, a small town in South of Italy on the green hills of Irpinia. Irpinia is known for its landscapes, medieval castles, hazelnuts, black truffles, torrone, and some great wines like Taurasi, Fiano di Avellino, and Greco di Tufo (which I know of thanks to my brother Paolo who is a top wine journalist). I have spent six awesome years in sunny California (4 in Irvine and 2 in Palo Alto), before moving to (pre-Brexit) London. I have also lived in Venice, Rome, Portsmouth, Heidelberg, Singapore, Grenoble, Lausanne, and Barcelona. In my free time, I like acting as a coffee snob, pretending to be akin to a movie critic, remembering (not without melancholy) the times I used to surf in San Onofre, cooking (pasta and pizza of course), and planning trips with my better half, Darya. I speak English, Italian, and French, and can utter enough words to get out of (or in, most of the times) trouble in German, Spanish, and Farsi.