Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Computing




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Mrs Marina Hall +44 (0)20 7594 8259




353ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





I am a Lecturer of Systems Security at the Department of Computing at Imperial College London and the Director of the Aplications, Platforms, and Systems Security Research Lab (apss). 

Have you ever wondered how advertisers know that you are interested in that pair of shoes before you do? Have you heard about that baby monitor hacked to harass? Did you know that an adversary can take remote control of a connected vehicle's steering and braking functionality? Or how one can turn your smartphone into a spying device? 

In our lab, we study such security and privacy issues in emerging application domains. We utilize network monitoring, access control, optimization, machine learning and natural language processing among others to discover and mitigate prevalent cybersecurity threats and challenges faced by mobile and connected systems.

You can read more about our work at our Lab's website: apss@Imperial.


I am actively looking for motivated PhD students excited about smartphone and IoT security. Research experience in this or similar area is preferred. If you are interested, please send me an email using “Prospective Security PhD Student” as subject.

We offer consultancy services related to systems security and privacy, mobile devices and applications. If interested, please send me an email or call my office number.

Selected Publications


Demetriou S, Jain P, Han K-H, 2018, CoDrive: improving automobile positioning via collaborative driving, IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), IEEE

Tuncay GS, Demetriou S, Ganju K, et al., 2018, Resolving the predicament of android custom permissions, Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, Internet Society

Demetriou S, Zhang N, Lee Y, et al., 2017, HanGuard: SDN-driven protection of smart home WiFi devices from malicious mobile apps, Pages:122-133

Demetriou S, Merrill W, Yang W, et al., Free for all! Assessing user data exposure to advertising libraries on android, Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium

Demetriou S, Zhou X, Naveed M, et al., What’s in Your Dongle and Bank Account? Mandatory and Discretionary Protection of Android External Resources, Network and Distributed System Security Symposium

Zhou X, Demetriou S, He D, et al., 2013, Identity, location, disease and more: Inferring your secrets from android public resources, Pages:1017-1028, ISSN:1543-7221

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