Vinod Ganapathy: Students Supervised

"It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it."—Jacob Bronowski in The Ascent of Man

I have supervised the research of a number of talented students and am grateful to them for choosing to work with me. This page only lists students that have graduated with degrees. For a list of advisees currently pursuing their degrees, please consult the CSSL page. Here is a link to my academic lineage.


Ph.D. Thesis Supervision
Student     Degree completion     Ph.D. Dissertation     First employer after Ph.D.
Saman Zarandioon     May 2012 (Ph.D., Rutgers)     Improving the Security and Usability of Cloud Services with User-Centric Security Models (Thesis, Slides). Co-supervised with Prof. Danfeng Yao. DOI:10.7282/T3PC31B4     Amazon.com Inc., Seattle, WA.
Mohan Dhawan     May 2013 (Ph.D., Rutgers)     Rethinking Web Platform Extensibility (Thesis, Slides). DOI:10.7282/T38P5Z39     IBM Research--India, New Delhi.
Liu Yang     May 2013 (Ph.D., Rutgers)     New Pattern Matching Algorithms for Network Security Applications (Thesis, Slides). DOI:10.7282/T3513WS6     HP ArcSight, Sunnyvale, CA.
Shakeel Butt     January 2015 (Ph.D., Rutgers)     Self-service Cloud Computing (Thesis, Slides). DOI:10.7282/T3930VWX     NVidia Inc., Santa Clara, CA.
Amruta Gokhale     October 2015 (Ph.D., Rutgers)     Similarity Detection Techniques for Mobile Platform Artifacts (Thesis, Slides). DOI:10.7282/T3J38VJN     Teradata Hadapt, Cambridge, MA.
Rezwana Karim     October 2015 (Ph.D., Rutgers)     Techniques and Tools for Secure Web Browser Extension Development (Thesis, Slides). DOI:10.7282/T3000433     Samsung Research America, Mountain View, CA.
Hai Nguyen     October 2018 (Ph.D., Rutgers)     Exploring Security Support for Cloud-based Applications (Thesis, Slides). DOI:10.7282/t3-dre3-gm67     Bloomberg, Princeton, NJ.
Daeyoung Kim     January 2019 (Ph.D., Rutgers)     Regulating Smart Devices in Restricted Spaces (Thesis, Slides). DOI:10.7282/t3-c6kf-j713     Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA.




Post-doctoral Research Supervision
Postdoc     Duration     Ph.D. Background/Postdoc Research     First employer after postdoc
Arati Baliga     May-September 2009 (Rutgers)     Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University (January 2009). Post doctoral research on operating system integrity co-supervised with Prof. Liviu Iftode.     AT&T Security Research Center, New York, NY.




Masters (by Research) Thesis Supervision
The following students completed their masters research under my supervision. A masters-by-research degree requires the student to submit a thesis that will be reviewed by an external committee member, and the student defends this thesis in a Ph.D.-thesis-defense-like oral presentation.
Student     Degree completion     MS/M.Tech. Thesis     First employer after MS/M.Tech.
Jeffrey Bickford     January 2012 (MS, Rutgers)     Rootkits on Smart Phones: Attacks, Implications and Energy-Aware Defense Techniques (Thesis). Co-supervised with Prof. Liviu Iftode. DOI:10.7282/T3RJ4HHW     AT&T Security Research Center, New York, NY.
Yogesh Padmanaban     January 2013 (MS, Rutgers)     Learning API Mappings for Programming Platforms (Thesis). DOI:10.7282/T3GX498K     Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA.
Subhendu Malakar     April 2020 (M.Tech., IISc)     Experiences in using Reinforcement Learning for Directed Fuzzing (Thesis) Archived: IISc Library     Cohesity India, Bangalore, India.
Aditya Shukla     July 2020 (M.Tech., IISc)     Model Extraction and Active Learning (Thesis) Archived: IISc Library     ShareChat, Bangalore, India.
Ajay Ashok Nayak     June 2021 (M.Tech., IISc)     Design, Implementation, and Analysis of a TLB-based Covert Channel on GPUs (Thesis)     Ph.D. candidate, IISc Bangalore.
Rounak Agarwal     Thesis submitted June 2021     A Trusted Hardware-Backed Secure Payments Platform for Android (Thesis)     NVidia, Bangalore, India.
Rakesh Rajan Beck     Thesis submitted July 2021     A Framework for Privacy Compliant Delivery Drones (Thesis)     Citrix, Bangalore, India.




Masters Project Supervision
Student     Degree completion     M.Tech. Thesis     First employer after M.Tech.
Zad Basheer     August 2018 (M.Tech., IISc)     A Security Analysis of Some Mobile Payment Applications.     Walmart Labs, Bangalore, India.
Sreepada Abhinivesh     July 2020 (M.Tech., IISc)     Anomaly Detection with Sparse Training Data     Wells Fargo, Bangalore, India.
Nikita Yadav     July 2020 (M.Tech., IISc)     Bug-finding Methods for Permissioned Blockchain Implementations     Ph.D. student, CSA Department, IISc.
Rishabh Ravindra Meshram     July 2020 (M.Tech., IISc)     Analysis of the SAFE Remote Proctoring System    
A. Akash     July 2021 (M.Tech., IISc)     Studies on Multi-cloud FaaS Applications     AMD India, Bangalore, India.

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