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


Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
Department of Computer Science
University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Office: 6.04 Malet Place Engineering Building (map)



Short Bio

I am a Senior Lecturer (~Associate Professor) at University College London (UCL), where I am affiliated with the Computer Science Department and the Information Security group. My research interests include privacy-enhancing technologies, network security, and applied cryptography, and more recently, human aspects of security, measuring web privacy and security, and problems at the intersection of machine learning and security.

Before joining UCL, I was a research scientist at Xerox PARC (2011–2013). I received a summa-cum-laude Laurea degree in Computer Science, in 2005, from the University of Salerno (Italy). In 2011, I received a PhD in Networked Systems from University of California, Irvine's School of Information and Computer Science, advised by Gene Tsudik. My dissertation, titled "Sharing Sensitive Information with Privacy," can be found here. During my PhD, I also did research internships at NEC Labs Europe, Heidelberg (2008), INRIA Rhône-Alpes, Grenoble (2009), and Nokia Research Center, Lausanne (2010).

Working with me

Please send me a short (and personal) email with your CV, a list of 3-4 references, 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:

I apologize in advance but if you send me a mass email or do not follow the instructions above, your email will be ignored.


I teach two modules in UCL's MSc in Information Security: Introduction to Cryptography (Term 1) and Computer Security 2 (Term 2). I have also worked with my colleague George Danezis to establish one of the few Privacy courses in the world (Term 2).

Current Activities

  • Journal of Cybersecurity (JCS), Cryptography and Associated Topics Area Editor
  • 37th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland 2016), PC Member
  • 23rd Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2016), PC Member
  • 14th ACM CCS Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (WPES 2015), PC Member
  • Click here for past activities


News & Announcements

  • Starting Sep 2015, I will be serving as programme director for UCL's MSc in Information Security. Follow us on Twitter and distribute our awesome, shiny new poster!
  • Our department has recently been ranked #1 in the UK for quality of research. If you are curious, read more here and here (page 11).