Ankit Gangwal

Assistant Professor
IIIT Hyderabad, India

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      A3-113, CSTAR, IIIT, Gachibowli,
500 032, Hyderabad, India
      +91 40 6653 1000 (Ext: 1627)
      +91 40 6653 1413 (Not private)

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor at IIIT Hyderabad, India. Here, I'm associated with Centre for Security, Theory, and Algorithmic Research (CSTAR). I am a member of Ripple's UBRI and hold a Guest Researcher position at the SPRITZ research group at University of Padua, Italy. Previously, I worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Delft Blockchain Lab of TU Delft, Netherlands (advisors: Prof. Zekeriya Erkin and Prof. Stefanie Roos). I was also a Visiting Research Scholar (host: Prof. Giuseppe Ateniese) at Stevens Institute of Technology, USA. I earned my PhD degree in Brain, Mind, and Computer Science (supervisors: Prof. Mauro Conti and Prof. Anna Spagnolli) from University of Padua, Italy with a fully-funded fellowship by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo (CaRiPaRo). I also hold an MTech degree (supervisor: Prof. Manoj Singh Gaur) in Computer Engineering from MNIT Jaipur, India and a BTech degree in Information Technology from RTU Kota, India.

I have worked in different mainstream areas of research, including distributed ledger technology (blockchain and cryptocurrencies), networking (ICN and SDN), and AI (GAN-based password cracking). However, the main theme of my research has always been security and privacy. My research work is inherently multidisciplinary. Currently, I am focusing on the following research areas:

  • Blockchain: Consensus and micropayments.
  • Privacy: Anonymity and identity.
  • Security: Communication and system.
I am motivated to learn, work upon, and teach new technologies in the field of computer science. I am always delighted to supervise strongly motivated Master's and PhD students, who are willing to work with me in my research areas (broadly, security and privacy). If you are interested, please drop me an email (with your CV).


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Recent/Selected News

  • February 2024: Our paper "De-authentication using Ambient Light Sensor" has been accepted for publication in IEEE Access.
  • January 2024: Check out my on-set interview with iSMG.

  • September 2023: Our paper "A First Look at Shill Looping in NFT Ecosystem" has been accepted at IEEE WIFS '23.
  • February 2023: Our paper "On the Feasibility of Profiling Electric Vehicles through Charging Data" has been accepted at NDSS '23 workshop: VehicleSec '23; it won the Zoox Best Paper Runner-up Award.
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