Email: e.decristofaro (at) ucl (dot) ac (dot) uk
Phone: +44 20 7679 0349 (email before calling)
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Twitter: @emilianodc

Dr. Emiliano De Cristofaro


Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
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 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 background includes privacy technologies, applied cryptography, and mobile security. I have also been working increasingly more on understanding and countering security issues on the web – e.g., censorship, fraud in online social networks, cyberbullying – via measurement studies and data-driven analysis. I also work on genomic privacy, problems at the intersection of machine learning and security/privacy, and human aspects of 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 spent a few months on research internships at NEC Labs, Heidelberg (2008), INRIA Rhône-Alpes, Grenoble (2009), and Nokia Research Center, Lausanne (2010).

Recent News & Announcements

  • New Post-doc position: We have an open post-doc opening to work on exciting privacy/systems security projects, including but not limited to privacy-preserving techniques for Web-based infectious disease surveillance. Email me if interested and/or apply at https://tinyurl.com/isense-privacy-position.
  • Apostolos's paper on evaluating aggregation-based location privacy has been conditionally accepted at PETS 2017, preliminary version available here
  • Our paper on detecting aggression and bullying on Twitter accepted at ACM WebSci 2017, preliminary version available here
  • Our measurement study of #GamerGate on Twitter accepted at ACM HyperText 2017, preliminary version available here
  • Our 4chan measurement paper accepted at ICWSM 2017. Media coverage: Motherboard, The Conversation, Pacific Standard, La Repubblica (in Italian), La Stampa (in Italian)
  • Invited to serve in the PC of ACM CCS 2017
  • Our Dagstuhl seminar on Cybersafety has been accepted, will take place in September 2017

Working with me

Please send me a short (and personal) email with your CV, the names of 2-3 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:

  • 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 student 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 and Project Supervision

Current Activities

  • Journal of Cybersecurity (JCS), Cryptography and Associated Topics Area Editor
  • 24th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2017), Dallas, TX, Oct 30-Nov 3, 2017
  • 17th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2017), Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2017
  • Click here for past activities



I was born in 1982 in Avellino, a town surrounded by the green hills of Irpinia (from the Latin hirpus, wolf), in the southern Italian region of Campania. Irpinia is known for its landscapes, medieval castles, hazelnuts, truffles, torrone, and some great wines like Taurasi, Fiano di Avellino, and Greco di Tufo (which I know of only thanks to my brother Paolo who is a terrific wine journalist). I have spent six awesome years in sunny California (4 in Irvine and 2 in Palo Alto), before moving to the dark side – weather-wise, obviously – i.e., London. I have also briefly lived in Chioggia, Roma, 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 wife Darya. I speak English, Italian, and French, and can utter enough words to get out of (or in, depending on the situation) trouble in German, Spanish, and Farsi.