Ankit Gangwal

Ph.D. student in Brain, Mind and Computer Science
University of Padua (Italy)

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Office: #711, 7th Floor, Staircase B
Address: Dipartimento di Matematica, via Trieste 63, 35121 Padova, Italy

About Me

I've earned Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree in Information Technology from RTU Kota, India and Master of Technology (M.Tech.) degree in Computer Science from MNIT Jaipur, India . Presently, I am a Ph.D. student in Brain, Mind and Computer Science doctoral program at the University of Padua, Italy , with a fellowship for international students funded by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo (CARIPARO). Here, I am a part of the Security and PRIvacy Through Zeal (SPRITZ) research group. Under the supervision of Prof. Mauro Conti, I am working on the security and privacy aspects of Software Defined Networking (SDN); Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks in particular. My current research interest also includes the blockchain technology.

Professional Activities

  • March 2018: Reviewer for CPS-Sec '18, (in conjunction with IEEE CNS '18), Beijing, China, June 1, 2018.
  • March 2018: Reviewer for CPSS '18, (in conjunction with ACM ASIACCS '18), Incheon, South Korea, June 4, 2018.
  • March 2018: Sub-reviewer for IEEE COMST.
  • November 2017: Sub-reviewer for IEEE TIFS.
  • August 2017: Reviewer for ICISS '17, Mumbai, India, December 16-20, 2017.
  • August 2017: Reviewer for SPA '17, (in conjunction with IEEE CNS '17), Las Vegas, NV USA, October 11, 2017.
  • June 2017: Reviewer for IEEE NFV-SDN '17, Berlin, Germany, November 6-8, 2017.
  • May 2017: Webchair of SPA '17, (in conjunction with IEEE CNS '17), Las Vegas, NV USA, October 11, 2017.


  • April 2018: Our technical report "On the Economic Significance of Ransomware Campaigns: A Bitcoin Transactions Perspective" is available on arXiv.
  • April 2018: Our paper "Spot the Difference: Your Bucket is Leaking - A Novel Methodology to Expose A/B Testing Effortlessly" has been accepted at IEEE CNS 2018 workshop: SPC 2018.
  • November 2017: Won the Intel Student Travel Grant at IEEE NFV-SDN 2017.
  • September 2017: Interviewed about "Ph.D. life in Italy" by Fondazione CARIPARO. Read the full article here.
  • August 2017: Our paper "A Comprehensive and Effective Mechanism for DDoS Detection in SDN" has been accepted at IEEE WiMob 2017.
  • July 2017: Our paper "Blocking Intrusions at Border using Software Defined-Internet Exchange Point (SD-IXP)" has been accepted at
    IEEE NFV-SDN 2017.
  • Feb 2017: Our paper "PANORAMA: Real-time Bird's Eye View of an OpenFlow Network" has been accepted at IEEE ICNSC 2017.