Biography

I am a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department, University of British Columbia. I am part of the Systopia Lab where we work on System research in a broad sense. If you are considering a PhD or an MSc, please, check this. I obtained my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Jean Bacon in 2016 at the University of Cambridge.

Interests
  • Digital Provenance
  • Operating Systems
  • Distributed Systems
  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Intrusion Detection
Education
  • PhD in Computer Science, 2016

    University of Cambridge

  • MPhil in Advanced Computer Science, 2012

    University of Cambridge

  • Diplôme d'Ingénieur (apprenticeship), 2011

    Institut Supérieur d'Electronique de Paris

  • Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (apprenticeship), 2008

    Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
University of British Columbia
Assistant Professor
Jul 2021 – Present Canada
Member of the Department of Computer Science and member of the Systopia Lab.
 
 
 
 
 
University of Bristol
Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Aug 2018 – Jun 2021 United Kingdom
 
 
 
 
 
University of Cambridge
Research Associate
Dec 2017 – Aug 2018 United Kingdom
Member of the Digital Technology Group and Fellow at St Edmund’s College.
 
 
 
 
 
Harvard University
Postdoctoral Fellow
Jul 2016 – Dec 2017 United States of America
 
 
 
 
 
University of Cambridge
Research Assistant
Jan 2013 – Jul 2016 United Kingdom
 
 
 
 
 
Apprentice Software Engineer
Sep 2008 – Aug 2011 France
R&D Team member.
 
 
 
 
 
Apprentice Electronic Engineer
Sep 2006 – Sep 2008 France
R&D Team member.

Working with me

PhD and MS students

I am looking to work with students from all background (first generation students, and students from underrepresented and marginalized groups are encouraged to apply) and at all level (undergraduate students, master’s students, and PhD students). Please, visit the prospective applicant page on UBC website and on the CS website. You can also find information about: financial support, application fee waivers, minimum requirements for admission into graduate studies, and minimum English proficiency requirements. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via e-mail but, please, do read the following suggestions before doing so.

A few facts

  • You must apply online.
  • Do check the application deadline on UBC’s website.
  • The department starts processing applications in January for the next academic year.
  • Students are admitted by the department, not by individual faculty members.
  • Master and PhD applications are reviewed by the same committee. The PhD track is ideal for candidates who ultimately want to do a PhD, but do not feel ready yet.
  • Even if you are well fitted for my group, I cannot guarantee admission.

Before contacting me

  • Have a look at my publications.
  • Identify matching interests.
  • Understand that I will not supervise students outside of my area of expertise.
  • Find a set of papers which aligns with your interests.
  • Read the abstracts.
  • Read at least one paper in full.

What to send when contacting me?

  • CV/resume
  • Transcripts
  • Why do you want to work with me? (one paragraph)
  • Why do you want to work on this topic? (one paragraph)
  • Which paper(s) did you read and why did you find it interesting? (one paragraph)
  • Previous research experience (if any)
  • What research would you like to pursue during your degree?
  • Summary of your undergraduate/master thesis (if any)

Statement of Intent

  • Check the guidelines on the department website
  • The relationship between a student and their advisor is an extremely important one and it will hopefully last for years
  • The commonality of interest should be clear from your statement
  • Listing half a dozen potential advisors from very different areas is most probably detrimental to your application
  • On the other hand, co-supervision is common and can be very positive
  • Therefore, link clearly potential advisors to your experience and your aspirations
  • Everything else being equal, an applicant that understands and shows why they should be working with a specific advisor are more likely to be successful
  • This is my personal opinion and may not be universally true

Recent Publications

(2021). Secure Namespaced Kernel Audit for Containers. ACM SoCC'21.

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(2021). SIGL: Securing Software Installations Through Deep Graph Learning. USENIX Sec'21.

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(2020). To Tune or Not to Tune? In Search of Optimal Configurations for Data Analytics. ACM KDD'20.

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(2020). Xanthus: Push-button Orchestration of Host Provenance Data Collection. ACM P-RECS'20.

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(2020). UNICORN: Runtime Provenance-Based Detector for Advanced Persistent Threats. NDSS'20.

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(2020). Rclean: A Tool for Writing Cleaner, More Transparent Code. In The Journal of Open Source Software.

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(2019). ProvMark: A Provenance Expressiveness Benchmarking System. ACM/IFIP Middleware'19.

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Recent & Upcoming Talks

Tracking and Analyzing Provenance
Building a provenance-based intrusion detection system
Building a provenance-based intrusion detection system
Provenance-based intrusion detection

Graduate & Thesis Students

Past students (position held after graduation)

  • Bogdan Stelea (MEng, Bristol), 2021, Software Engineer, Amazon.
  • Josh Turner (MEng, Bristol), 2021, Software Engineer, Amiosec.
  • Chetankumar Mistry (MEng, Bristol), 2020, Software Engineer, ARM.
  • Xiaoxiao Wu (MSc, Bristol), 2020, Consultant, Deloitte.
  • Yangyang Teng (MSc, Bristol), 2019, Data Analyst, Bloomberg.
  • Ziying Shao (BSc, Bristol), 2019, UG Researcher, Beijing Institute of Big Data Research.

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