Roberto Perdisci
Associate Professor 
Department of Computer Science
University of Georgia
415 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center
Athens, GA 30602-7404
Room: GSRC 423
e-mail: perdisci [ at ] cs [ dot ] uga [ dot ] edu
phone: +1 (706) 542 3482
fax: +1 (706) 542 2966

I am an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Georgia, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Computer Science, and a faculty member of the UGA Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Before joining UGA I was Post-Doctoral Fellow at the College of Computing of the Georgia Institute of Technology, working under the supervision of Prof. Wenke Lee. I also worked as Principal Scientist at Damballa, Inc., and prior to joining Damballa I was Research Scholar at the Georgia Tech Information Security Center and PhD candidate at the University of Cagliari, Italy with the Pattern Recognition and Applications Group.

My research focuses on securing networked systems. I am particularly interested in web security, automating the analysis of security incidents, and defending networks from malware. I often combine systems research with machine learning and large-scale data mining techniques to solve challenging computer and network security problems. I am also interested in broader aspects of networked systems, including Internet-scale measurements, analysis and optimization of systems performance, and the design of networking protocols. In 2012, I received an NSF CAREER award on a project titled "Automatic Learning of Adaptive Network-Centric Malware Detection Models." Here you can find a list of my publications.

For Prospective Students: I'm always looking for motivated students with a strong background in computer networks and systems and/or machine learning/data mining. If you are a UGA student interested in doing quality research in computer and network security, please contact me. If you are not a UGA student, I encourage you to apply.

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Selected Recent Publications (complete list)
  • [CCSYizheng Chen, Yacin Nadji, Athanasios Kountouras, Fabian Monrose, Roberto Perdisci, Manos Antonakakis, Nikolaos Vasiloglou. "Practical Attacks Against Graph-based Clustering" ACM Conference on Computer and Communications SecurityACM CCS 2017 (acceptance rate 18.1% = 151/836) [pdf]
  • [DSN] Babak Rahbarinia, Marco Balduzzi, Roberto Perdisci. "Exploring the Long Tail of (Malicious) Software Downloads". IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and NetworksDSN 2017 (acceptance rate 22.3% = 49/220) [to appear]
  • [NDSS] Phani Vadrevu, Jienan Liu, Bo Li, Babak Rahbarinia, Kyu Hyung Lee, Roberto Perdisci. "Enabling Reconstruction of Attacks on Users via Efficient Browsing Snapshots". Network and Distributed System Security SymposiumNDSS 2017 (acceptance rate 16.1% = 68/423) [pdf,code]
  • [USENIX Sec] Terry Nelms, Roberto PerdisciManos Antonakakis, Mustaque Ahamad. "Towards Measuring and Mitigating Social Engineering Software Download Attacks.USENIX Security Symposium, 2016. (acceptance rate 15.6% = 72/463) [pdf]
  • [CCS] Christopher Neasbitt, Bo Li, Roberto Perdisci, Long Lu, Kapil Singh, Kang Li. "WebCapsule: Towards a Lightweight Forensic Engine for Web Browsers." ACM Conference on Computer and Communications SecurityACM CCS 2015. (acceptance rate 19.4% = 128/659) [pdf][code]
  • [USENIX Sec] Terry Nelms, Roberto PerdisciManos Antonakakis, Mustaque Ahamad. "WebWitness: Investigating, Categorizing, and Mitigating Malware Download Paths." Usenix Security Symposium, 2015. (acceptance rate 15.7% = 67/426) [pdf]
  • [SIGCOMM] Maria Konte, Roberto Perdisci, Nick Feamster. "ASwatch: An AS Reputation System to Expose Bulletproof Hosting ASes." ACM SIGCOMM 2015 Conference. (acceptance rate 15.6% = 40/256) [pdf]
  • [DSN] Babak Rahbarinia, Roberto Perdisci, Manos Antonakakis. "Segugio: Efficient Behavior-Based Tracking of New Malware-Control Domains in Large ISP Networks." IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and NetworksDSN 2015. (acceptance rate 21.8% = 50/229) [pdf
  • [WWW] Xinyu Xing, Wei Meng, Udi Weinsberg, Anmol Sheth, Byoungyoung Lee,  Roberto Perdisci, Wenke Lee. "Unraveling the Relationship Between Ad-Injecting Browser Extensions and Malvertising." International World Wide Web ConferenceWWW 2015. (acceptance rate 14.1% = 131/929) [pdf]

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