Internet Research Lab @ University of Iowa

Our research aims to empirically study Internet-scale networked systems. We design innovative measurement techniques to understand how the Internet works and develop machine learning techniques to improve its performance, security, and privacy.

News

  • [October 2019] Adnan and Umar awarded Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship
  • [October 2019] Shehroze awarded Ada Louise Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship
  • [September 2019] Umar and Zubair presented research at the 2019 Ad Blocker Dev Summit in Amsterdam 
  • [August 2019] Huyen presented her work on postmortem of suspended Twitter accounts at IEEE/ACM ASONAM 2019 in Vancouver 
  • [August 2019] John's paper on header bidding accepted to PETS 2020
  • [August 2019] Hammad interned at Minim, Manchester
  • [August 2019] Umar interned at Mozilla, San Francisco
  • [August 2019] Adnan interned at Amazon, Seattle
  • [July 2019] Kathy Zhong, a high school student who spent the summer with us as a SSTP scholar, received the Best Poster Award 
  • [June 2019] Huyen's paper on postmortem of suspended Twitter accounts accepted at IEEE/ACM ASONAM 2019
  • [May 2019] Umar presented at the Mozilla Security Research Summit 2019 [video]
  • [May 2019] Umar's paper on ad and tracker blocking accepted at IEEE S&P 2020. Code is available here
  • [May 2019] Umar, Huyen, and Zubair attended The Web Conference in San Francisco, CA
  • [May 2019] Two papers on NLP + privacy in collaboration with Padmini accepted to PETS 2019
  • [April 2019] Adnan and Umar passed their comprehensive exams
  • [April 2019] Shehroze, Umar, and Hammad presented posters at the Midwest Security Workshop 2019
  • [February 2019] Adnan attended USENIX NSDI Conference in Boston, MA
  • [February 2019] Shehroze's research on Twitter API abuse covered by WIREDEngadget
  • [January 2019] Huyen attended ACM FAT* Conference in Atlanta, GA
  • [January 2019] Three papers by Huyen, Shehroze, and Umar accepted at The Web Conference (WWW 2019)
  • [November 2018] Zubair attended the Ad-Blocking Developer Summit and the Brave Faculty Summit in San Francisco, CA 
  • [November 2018] Huyen awarded Ada Louise Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship by the Graduate College
  • [November 2018] Huyen passed her Ph.D. proposal defense
  • [October 2018] Hammad attended ACM IMC Conference in Boston, MA
  • [October 2018] John attended ACM CCS Conference in Toronto, Canada
  • [October 2018] Shehroze awarded Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship by the Graduate College
  • [September 2018] John attended the IEEE Security Development Conference (SecDev'18) in Cambridge, MA
  • [September 2018] Huyen attended the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC'18) in Houston, TX
  • [September 2018] Shehroze's research on malicious Facebook and Twitter apps was featured in Iowa Now 
  • [August 2018] Huyen attended Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS) 2018 in Boulder, CO
  • [August 2018] John attended USENIX Security Symposium 2018 in Baltimore, MD
  • [August 2018] Umar interned at Brave Browser, San Francisco
  • [August 2018] Shehroze interned at ICSI, Berkeley
  • [August 2018] Adnan interned at CAIDA, San Diego
  • [July 2018] Zubair received Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award at PETS 2018
  • [June 2018] Huyen and Zubair attended ICWSM 2018 in Standford, CA
  • [May 2018] Shehroze passed his Ph.D. comprehensive exam
  • [April 2018] Umar presented poster on anti-adblocking at the Midwest Security Workshop 2018
  • [April 2018] Hammad received Best In-Session Presentation Award at IEEE INFOCOM 2018 
  • [January 2018] Umar and Zubair's research on adblocking was covered by Ars Technica, TechCrunch, Schneier on Security, PC Mag, Engadget, Hacker News, BleepingComputer, PerformanceIN
  • [November 2017] Hammad's paper on encrypted video QoE measurement accepted at INFOCOM 2018
  • [November 2017] Shehroze and Zubair received the Best Paper Award at ACM IMC 2017
  • [Novemver 2017] Shehroze presented his work on abuse of OAuth access tokens at ACM IMC 2017
  • [November 2017] Umar presented his work on anti-adblocking at ACM IMC 2017
  • [October 2017] Huyen awarded Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship by the Graduate College
  • [September 2017] Shehroze's research on abuse of OAuth access tokens was covered by CNET, DailyMailFortune, CBS, USAToday, ZeroHedge, The Economic Times
  • [September 2017] Umar passed his Ph.D. qualifying exam
  • [September 2017] Hammad passed his Ph.D. qualifying exam
  • [July 2017] Hammad attended PETS 2017 in Minneapolis, MN
  • [July 2017] Adnan's two papers on peering and video QoE accepted at IEEE ICNP 2017
  • [June 2017] Hammad attended ACM SIGMETRICS 2017 in Urbana-Champaign, IL
  • [March 2017] Huyen passed her Ph.D. comprehensive exam

Sponsors

  • National Science Foundation (grant numbers 1464110, 1524329, 1617288, 1715152, 1750175, 1815131)
  • University of Iowa Research Foundation
  • Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
  • Data Transparency Lab
  • Facebook
  • Futurewei
  • Minim
  • Nokia
  • Siemens
  • Verizon Digital Media Services