Hamed Haddadi

I am a Professor of Human-Centred Systems at the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. I am part of the Networks and Systems Laboratory (NetSys) and Imperial-X (I-X) where I lead the Privacy and Security Research Area. I also serve as a Security Science Fellow of the Institute for Security Science and Technology. In my industrial role, I am the Chief Scientist at Brave.

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My research interests are in User-Centred Systems, IoT, Applied Machine Learning, Privacy, and Human-Data Interaction. I am a Core member of the Machine Learning Initiative at Imperial, an Academic Fellow of the Data Science Institute and an Associate member of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

I am keen to hear from strong students interested in doing their masters project or PhD research with me, or postdoctoral fellows interested in being hosted at Imperial College London. Please get in touch!

We are always keen to support exceptional candidates for the Imperial College Research Fellowships, the Imperial President’s PhD Scholarships, China Scholarship Council, the Islamic Development Bank – Imperial College Scholarship, UKRI AI for Healthcare CDT, the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP), and various other UK and International Scholarships and Centres for Doctoral Training in Imperial College London.

We also supoort exceptional candidates for EU Individual Fellowships (IF) and UKRI EPSRC Postdoctoral and Open Fellowships. Please get in touch to discuss these, sending me any relevant material, information, and a potential proposal idea.


April 2023: * Sina Abdollahi and Mohamad Maheri have joined the Networks and Systems Laboratory (NetSys) and Imperial-X (I-X) as new PhD students. Welcome to I-X!

March 2023: Our paper “Protected or Porous: A Comparative Analysis of Threat Detection Capability of IoT Safeguards” with Anna Maria Mandalari, Daniel J. Dubois, and David Choffnes, has been accepted to the 44th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland 2023). Congrats to Team IoTrim! (Paper available on ArXiv, Code and Data)

February 2023: Dr Sandra Siby, joins our lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the EPSRC Open Plus Fellowship Securing the Next Billion Consumer Devices on the Edge.

January 2023: Our paper “Pool-Party: Exploiting Browser Resource Pools as Side-Channels for Web Tracking” has been accepted to the 32nd USENIX Security Symposium USENIX Security ‘23.

December 2022: Our paper “Paralinguistic Privacy Protection at the Edge” has been accepted to the ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security [TOPS] 2022. Congrats Ranya Aloufi.

October 2022: Vadim Safranov joins us as a Research Assistant on Project PRISM.

October 2022: Our paper “Tango or Square Dance? How Tightly Should we Integrate Network Functionality in Browsers?”, with Alex Davidson, Matthias Frei, Marten Gartner, Jordi Subira Nieto, Adrian Perrig, Philipp Winter, François Wirz, has been accepted to ACM HotNets 2022.

October 2022: Hugo Dugdale joins us to start his PhD on Privacy and Security for Smart Health Devices, funded by UKRI CDT in AI for Healthcare.

September 2022: IoTrim has been awarded an £80K Grant as prt of the InnovateUK Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme (CyberASAP) grant

September 2022: Our paper “Privacy-Aware Adversarial Network in Human Mobility Prediction” has been sccepted to PETS 2023. Congrats Yuting.

August 2022: Dr Yuting Zhan has passed her PhD viva. Congrats Yuting.

July 2022: Our paper “STAR: Secret Sharing for Private Threshold Aggregation Reporting” has been accepted to ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS 2022).

July 2022: Dr Fan Mo has passed his PhD viva. Congrats Legend.

July 2022: I will be joining the Department of Computing at Imperial College London, and the new Imperial-X Initiative, from July 2022. Looking forward to the new opportunities and collaborations ahead.

June 2022: We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join us for my EPSRC fellowship. Please see the job ad here https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/description/ENG02158/research-associate-user-centred-systems-securityprivacy. Deadline : 30 June.

June 2022: I am looking for two PhD students to join us at Imperial-X as PhD students alongside my EPSRC Fellowship and Amazon grant (open to all nationalities). Please see the full advert here and apply by looking at the details here under “2 x PhD Studentships in User-Centred Systems’ Security/Privacy”.

May 2022: Our paper “Blocked or Broken? Automatically Detecting When Privacy Interventions Break Websites” has been conditionally accepted to PETS 2022.

April 2022: We have been awarded an Amazon Research Awards (ARA) for our work on Auditable Model Privacy using TEEs linked to my EPSRC Fellowship. This gift will be used towards hiring a PhD student. Ad will be coming out soon.

March 2022: We have been awarded an InnovateUK Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme (CyberASAP) grant, supporting our efforts to accelerate IoT Security in IoTrim.

January 2022: We have been awarded a grant as part of the PETRAS’ ISPEF funding call. Project PRISM aims to provide a simple interface for monitoring and home care solutions in the the health sector.

Extended Biography

I studied for my PhD between Oct 2004-Oct 2008, investigating the Topological Characteristics of IP Networks, which I successfully defended on 31st October 2008. My examiners were George Pavlou and Christos Gkantsidis. I carried out my thesis research jointly between two great labs, the NetOS Group, Computer Laboratory, Cambridge University (userid: hh318), and Networks and Services Research Laboratory Group, UCL (supervised by: Miguel Rio, Andrew Moore , Richard Mortier)

I was also a scholar at London Business School, under the UCL CSEL sponsorship programme, attending MBA electives.

My MPhil (transfer) Thesis investigated Network Traffic Inference Using Sampled Statistics [pdf].
In 2004 I completed the MSc in Telecommunication Engineering with distinction. I was sponsored by EPSRC, Project: kOS “kind of Operating System” (report). This work had contributions to technology spin-out Senceive.

Between 1999-2003 I studied for the BEng (Hons) Electronic & Electrical Engineering at UCL. My 2nd & final year were sponsored by Sony Europe. For my final year project I built a stand-alone RDS Encoder (report).

Before that, I studied for A-Levels at William Morris Academy.

MISC: My Erdos Number is 3: Hamed Haddadi > Andrew G. Thomason -> Fan Chung -> Paul Erdos

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