We investigate the Internet on a global scale, examining the infrastructure that allows us all to communicate and developing techniques to stop the next generation of adversaries.
We develop systems to allow anonymous and robust communication even under the surveillance of powerful governments and while enduring adverse network conditions.
We study the implications of censorship and privacy in the digital world and seek to develop new techniques to advance the efforts towards a more free and open Internet.
Our Research Mission
Network and Distributed Systems Security
Internet Infrastructure Security, Routing Security, Reliability of Network Protocols (BGP, TCP, DNS, OpenDNP3, Modbus, etc.), DDoS Mitigation, Exploiting Economic Incentives on the Internet, Network Infrastructure Measurement, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), Critical Infrastructure Security, and more.
Privacy and Anonymity
Anonymous Communication Systems, Censorship Circumvention, Mechanisms for Privacy on the Modern Internet, Tor, AS-Level Privacy and Anonymity, Circumventing Geographic Regions on the Internet, and more.
Cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, ZCash, etc.), Anonymity Provided by Bitcoin and other CC’s, Measuring Properties of the Cryptocurrency Ecosystems, Attacking Cryptocurrencies, Mining Pool Security, Security of Proof-of-Work/Proof-of-Stake/etc. methods, and more.
Are you interested in joining UTK’s premier computer security research group?
We currently have funding opportunities for motivated graduate students interested in pursing PhD and Master’s degrees in Computer Science at the University of Tennessee. If any of our research areas sound interesting to you we strongly encourage you to reach out and contact us. If you are not local to the Knoxville area a Skype/Google Hangout conversation can be arranged.