RMCIC 222F, Cylab, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh 15213

Aqsa Kashaf

I am a PhD student in Carnegie Mellon University co-advised by Vyas Sekar and Yuvraj Agarwal.

My broad areas of research are Network Security, Internet Measurements, and CPS Security. Currently, I am working on building an Internet Infrastructure Observatory, and on building reconnaisance techniques to profile the processing capacity of remotely deployed network functions. The overall focus of my research is to understand the resilience of the Internet infrastructure of the world in general, and Africa in particular.

I have also worked on building a formal verification tool for IoT applications to find unintended and potentially unsafe interactions between IoT devices, and their environment.

I earned my B.S. in Computer Science from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. During my undergraduate degree, I worked with Dr. Ihsan Ayyub Qazi and Dr. Zartash Afzal Uzmi, on building a system to perform censorship measurements and provide adaptive circumvention. I also worked on mitigating datacenter incast congestion using RTO randomization.


December, 2022 Our paper on A First Look at Third Party Service Dependencies in Africa was accepted at PAM’23
October, 2022 I participated in the EECS Rising Star Workshop hosted by University of Texas, Austin
May, 2022 I presented our work on Protecting Smart Homes from Unintended Application Actions at CPS Week 2022. Watch the video here
May, 2022 I presented our IMC’20 work on Analyzing Third Party Service Dependencies at Cisco Research
November, 2021 I gave the IEEE/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize 2021 presentation of our IMC’20 work at the IETF-112 Plenary Meeting.
October, 2021 I am part of the PAM’22 TPC
November 30, 2020 Our IMC’20 paper received some media coverage on ZDNet and Help Net Security