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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

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

Apr. 2015: We are proud to have won the Best Paper Award at the Cyber-Physical System Security Workshop (CPSS 2015), which was held in conjunction with the 10th ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security. The paper Lightweight Location Verification in Air Traffic Surveillance Networks analyses a realistic threat model for NextGen air traffic communication networks and evaluates lightweight, yet effective countermeasures. This was a joint work with Dr Vincent Lenders (Armasuisse, Switzerland).

Feb. 2015: The paper Preventing Lunchtime Attacks: Fighting Insider Threats With Eye Movement Biometrics has been accepted at the 2015 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS). This year's NDSS acceptance rate was 17% (out of 302 submissions only 50 papers were accepted).

Jul. 2014: The paper Gaining Insight on Friendly Jamming in a Real-World IEEE 802.11 Network received the Best Student Paper Award at this year's ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks. Congratulations Daniel! The paper is a joint work with Daniel Berger and Jens Schmitt from TU Kaiserslautern, Germany and Francesco Gringoliy and Nicolò Facchi from University of Brescia, Italy. Our measurement data, source code, and further information is available at OpenFWWF - Friendly Jamming Project


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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