Emiliano De Cristofaro is Professor of Security and Privacy Enhancing Technologies at University College London (UCL) and serves on the Technology Advisory Panel at the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. He is affiliated with the Computer Science Department and currently heads the Information Security Research Group. Before joining UCL in 2013, he was a research scientist at Xerox PARC. He 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. During his PhD, he also spent a few months on research internships at NEC in Heidelberg (2008), INRIA in Grenoble (2009), and Nokia in Lausanne (2010).

Research interests

Emiliano's research interests include security, privacy, and online harms. In particular, his recent work focuses on understanding and countering online abuse via measurement studies and data-driven analysis, as well as tackling problems at the intersection of machine learning and security/privacy.

Achievements and awards

Emiliano has chaired a few academic conferences, including the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (2013 and 2014), the Workshop on Genome Privacy and Security (2015 and 2018), and the security and privacy track at WWW (2018). He has received the distinguished paper award from the 25th Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2018) and the 5th Data Protection by Design Award, issued by the Catalan Data Protection authority and the Parliament of Catalonia. Emiliano also won the best paper award at the 2018 ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC).