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Fabio Pierazzi

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Computer Science

King's College London

Biography

I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Computer Science at the Department of Informatics of King’s College London, and part of the Cybersecurity Group (CYS).

My research interests lie at the intersection of AI and cybersecurity, with particular focus on intrusion detection, adversarial ML, and systems security.

I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science as a member of WEBLab at University of Modena (Italy) in March 2017, and I spent most of 2016 as a visiting research scholar at University of Maryland, College Park (US). I have then held a two-year PostDoctoral position in the Systems Security Research Lab (S2Lab) in the UK.

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Interests

  • AI Security
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Systems Security
  • Adversarial ML

Education

  • PhD in Computer Science, 2017

    University of Modena, Italy

  • MSc in Computer Engineering, 2013

    University of Modena, Italy

  • BSc in Computer Engineering, 2010

    University of Modena, Italy

Latest News

  • Oct 2020
    • Two new preprints published on arXiv! (see publications list)
    • Invited Talk at Boise State University’s Computing Colloquium (Oct 2)
    • Joined Editorial Board of Frontiers in Communications and Networks
  • Sep 2020
    • Invited in TPC of AAAI 2021 and ICLR 2021
  • Aug 2020
    • Our paper “GLYPH: Efficient ML-based Detection of Heap Spraying Attacks” has been accepted for publication at IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS)!
  • Jul 2020
  • May 2020
    • Our S&P’20 paper presentation has been selected as Best Video Presentation.
  • Apr 2020
    • The 60-second trailer of our S&P’20 paper is live! Kudos to our co-author Feargus for the technical skills :-)
    • Invited to hold a Virtual Seminar at Inria, Rennes on June 19, 2020
    • Invited to hold a Virtual InfoSec Seminar at UCL on May 7, 2020
  • Feb 2020
    • Our paper “Intriguing Properties of Adversarial ML Attacks in the Problem Space” has been accepted to appear in IEEE Symp. Security & Privacy (Oakland) 2020!
    • Our paper “A Data-Driven Characterization of Android Spyware” has been accepted for publication in ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems!
    • Invited Seminar on TESSERACT at ISG Weekly Seminars
  • Jan 2020
    • Invited in Dagstuhl Seminar on the Security of Machine Learning (scheduled for end-of-Aug 2020)
    • Invited in the following Technical Program Committees: SafeML 2020 (ECAI Workshop), ARES 2020, IEEE Trustcom 2020, DLS 2020 (IEEE Symp. S&P Workshop)

Recent Publications

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. Dos and Don'ts of Machine Learning in Computer Security. arXiv (arXiv:2010.09470v1), 2020.

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. Transcending Transcend: Revisiting Malware Classification with Conformal Evaluation. arXiv (arXiv:2010.03856v1), 2020.

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. GLYPH: Efficient ML-based Detection of Heap Spraying Attacks. IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS), 2020.

PDF CyberSec&AI Talk Graffiti (USENIX Sec 2016)

. Intriguing Properties of Adversarial ML Attacks in the Problem Space. IEEE Symp. Security & Privacy (Oakland) (12.3% Acceptance Rate), 2020.

PDF Code Dataset Trailer

. A Data-Driven Characterization of Modern Android Spyware. ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems (TMIS), 2020.

PDF Project

. POSTER: Realistic Adversarial ML Attacks in the Problem-Space. USENIX Security Symposium, 2019.

Selected Talks

Service

Reviewing Awards

  • Oustanding Reviewer Award — DIMVA 2020
  • Distinguished PC Member — IJCAI 2018

Technical Program Committee

  • ICML — 2020
  • ICLR — 2021
  • DLS (Workshop of IEEE Symp. S&P) — 2020
  • DSML (DSN Workshop) — 2020
  • DIMVA — 2020
  • MLCS (Workshop of ECML PKDD) — 2020
  • EuroSec Workshop — 2020
  • ARES — 2020
  • SafeML (ECAI workshop)— 2020
  • IJCAI — 2018, 2019, 2020
  • AAAI — 2019, 2020, 2021
  • IEEE TrustCom — 2020
  • AISec (CCS workshop) — 2019
  • Poster Track of IEEE Symp. S&P (Oakland) — 2019
  • Poster/Demo Track of ACM CCS — 2020
  • IEEE Network Computing and Applications (NCA) — 2017, 2019, 2020
  • CARDS — 2019
  • IEEE Smart Industries Workshop — 2018
  • IEEE BDAA Workshop — 2018

Shadow Technical Program Committee

  • IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (Oakland) — 2018, 2019

Artifact Evaluation PC

  • USENIX Security Symposium — 2020
  • ACSAC — 2018, 2019
  • SOSP — 2019
  • USENIX WOOT — 2019

Workshop Chair

Editorial Boards of Journals

Review Service

  • ACM Trans. Privacy and Security (TOPS) — 2019, 2020
  • IEEE Trans. Information Forensics and Security (TIFS) — 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • IEEE Trans. Neural Networks and Learning Systems (TNNLS) — 2018, 2019
  • IEEE S&P Magazine — 2019
  • Elsevier Computer Networks Journal — 2018
  • IEEE Trans. Big Data — 2019
  • IEEE Trans. Engineering Management — 2019
  • Elsevier FGCS — 2019
  • Springer UK Books — 2019
  • Applied Sciences Journal — 2019
  • International Journal of Machine Learning and Cybernetics (JMLC) — 2018
  • Elsevier Journal of Information Security and Applications (JISA) — 2017, 2018
  • Elsevier Expert Systems With Applications — 2017, 2018
  • IEEE Trans. Computational Social Systems (TCSS) — 2016

Sub-review service

  • USENIX Security Symposium — 2019, 2020
  • ACM The Web Conference (WWW) — 2019
  • IEEE Euro S&P — 2019
  • DIMVA — 2019
  • RAID — 2019
  • ACM CCS — 2018
  • ACSAC — 2018
  • ARES Conference — 2018
  • Deep Learning for Security (IEEE S&P workshop) — 2018
  • ACM CODASPY — 2018
  • IEEE Trans. on Cloud Computing — 2017
  • IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) — 2016
  • IEEE NetSciCom — 2016
  • IEEE Network Computing and Applications (NCA) — 2015
  • Elsevier Expert Systems with Applications — 2015

Teaching & Seminars

2021

  • Module Leader for “Security Testing”, MSc Cyber Security, King’s College London, UK

  • Teaching part of “Security monitoring I - Malware analysis and detection” within the Master (~Specialization Course) in Cybersecurity at University of Bologna, Italy

2020

  • Lecturer (Module Leader) for “Security Testing”, MSc Cyber Security, King’s College London, UK

  • Teaching part of “Security monitoring I - Malware analysis and detection” within the Master (~Specialization Course) in Cybersecurity at University of Bologna, Italy

2019

  • Two-day module on “Machine Learning for Security” at Cyber Academy, a specialization course on cybersecurity at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

  • Seminars on “Machine Learning for Security”, as part of Malicious Software course, BSc in Information Security, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

2018

  • Seminar on “Authentication and Access Control”, as part of Security Engineering course, MSc Computer Science, King’s College London, UK
  • T.A. and Seminars on “Machine Learning for Security”, as part of Malicious Software course, BSc in Information Security, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

2017

  • Several lectures and lab tutor for part of the “Network Systems and Applications” course, MSc in Computer Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

2016

  • Seminars and T.A. for the “Computer Security” course, MSc in Computer Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

2015

  • Several lectures and lab tutor for part of the “Network Systems and Applications” course, MSc in Computer Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Seminars and T.A. for the “Computer Security” course, MSc in Computer Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

2014

  • Seminars and T.A. for “Network Systems and Applications” course, MSc in Computer Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Computer Science

King’s College London

Sep 2019 – Present United Kingdom
KCL
 
 
 
 
 

Research Associate

King’s College London

Jul 2019 – Sep 2019 United Kingdom
KCL
 
 
 
 
 

Visiting Research Associate

King’s College London

Sep 2018 – Jun 2019 United Kingdom
KCL
 
 
 
 
 

PostDoctoral Researcher

Royal Holloway, University of London

Oct 2017 – Jun 2019 United Kingdom
RHUL
 
 
 
 
 

PostDoctoral Researcher

University of Modena

Mar 2017 – Sep 2017 Italy
KCL
 
 
 
 
 

Visiting Research Scholar

University of Maryland, College Park

Jan 2016 – Nov 2016 USA
UMD
 
 
 
 
 

Ph.D. in Computer Science

University of Modena

Jan 2014 – Mar 2017 Italy
KCL

Skills

Python

Machine Learning

Systems Security

Malware Detection

NIDS

Web Development

Contact

  • fabio.pierazzi@kcl.ac.uk
  • King's College London, Department of Informatics, Bush House Building, Strand, London, WC2B 4BG
  • My office is (N)7.16, situated at the 7th floor of Bush House Central Block.
  • Email for appointment.