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Ivan Martinovic

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Professor Ivan Martinovic

Associate Professor

Governing Body Fellow, Kellogg College

T: +44 (0)1865 6-10745

Room 117, Robert Hooke Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PR



Most of my research interests are in the area of cyber-physical system security and network security. Some of my concrete research topics include authentication and intrusion detection using physical-layer information, traffic analysis, and the analysis of trade-offs between system/network security and performance. In this respect, I work with various technologies, such as software-defined radios, wireless sensors, and NFC/RFIDs. As another incarnation of cyber-physical security, I'm also intrested in behavioural biometrics and their applications, such as continuous authentication using physiological signals captured by, e.g., eye-tracking and EEG devices. Previously, I also worked on other non-functional aspects of distributed systems like network performance (network calculus), resource management, and decentralized coordination in wireless networks.

As part of our research we are a founding member of OpenSky: OpenSky is a participatory sensor network which aims at collecting real-world air transportation communication data, such as ADS-B/Mode-S at large scale (covering over 720,000 km² in Europe). It offers insights into the ADS-B communication channel, characterising typical reception quality and loss patterns in the real world. It is intended to serve researchers from different areas as a solid basis for realistic evaluations and simulations.

Recent Research

Feb 2017: Two papers accepted at the top-tier security conference Networked and Distributed Systems Symposium (NDSS) 2017: This year NDSS had a particularly selective acceptance rate: from 423 submissions only 68 paper have been accepted (16% acceptance rate).

"Broken Hearted: How to Attack ECG Biometrics" is the first scientific study that presents feasible attacks on ECG based biometric recognition systems. The attacks' effectiveness was sucessfully tested on a recently released commercial product, the Nymi Band. Involved with the ECG paper were Simon Eberz, Marc Roeschlin, Nicola Paoletti, Andrea Patanè, Marta Kwiatkowska and Ivan Martinovic.

"Wi-Fly? : Detecting Privacy Invasion Atttacks by Consumer Drones" presents a system for protecting people's privacy in their homes. The approach is based upon listening to the Wi-Fi signals between the drone and its controller and was implemented using entirely off-the-shelf hardware. The paper has be co-authored by  Simon Birnbach, Richard Baker and Ivan Martinovic.

Aug. 2016: Our paper 'Using Reflexive Eye Movements For Fast Challenge-Response Authentication' has been accepted for publication at the ACM Conference of Communication and Systems Security (ACM CCS’16) - this year 831 papers have been submitted of which 137 were accepted (16% acceptance rate). This paper, which analyses rapid eye movements as biometrics for fast user authentication, has been co-authored by Oxford’s Ivo Sluganovic, Marc Roeschlin, Kasper B. Rasmussen, and Ivan Martinovic


Ivan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford. Before coming to Oxford he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Security Research Lab, UC Berkeley and at the Secure Computing and Networking Centre, UC Irvine. From 2009 until 2011 he enjoyed a Carl-Zeiss Foundation Fellowship and he was an associate lecturer at TU Kaiserslautern, Germany.  He obtained his PhD from TU Kaiserslautern under supervision of Prof. Jens B. Schmitt and MSc from TU Darmstadt, Germany.

Recent Professional Activities

  • ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (ACM WiSec), Steering Committee Member (since 2015)
  • The 2017 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2017), TPC Member
  • The 2016 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2016), TPC Member
  • The 11th ACM Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (ACM CoNEXT'15), TPC Member
  • The 8th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (ACM WiSec 2015), TPC-Chair
  • The 2015 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2015), TPC Member
  • The 7th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (ACM WiSec 2014), General Co-chair
  • The 10th Workshop on RFID Security (RFIDSec 2014) Co-joined with ACM WiSec'14, General Co-chair
  • The 20th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS 2013), Publicity Chair

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