Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez

Welcome!

I am an Assistant Research Professor at IMDEA Networks and a Research Scientist at the Networking and Security team at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley.

My research falls in the area of empirical network measurements, with a focus on network performance, protocol analysis, and also privacy and security aspects of mobile apps. My most recent research efforts have explored the intersection of regulatory compliance (e.g., U.S.A. COPPA Rule and EU's GDPR), data transparency, consumer protection, and privacy using empirical methods.

In collaboration with my colleagues, I have developed user-friendly software for user empowerment and transparency the Lumen Privacy monitor and AppCensus website. These tools have been used by hundreds of thousands of users and produced unique datasets which have been used for research purposes by several research institutes worldwide.

To have a better picture of my research activities, I invite you to visit my publication record, my main research projects and a list of the media impact of my work.

Short bio:

Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez is an Assistant Research Professor at IMDEA Networks where he is the director of the Internet Analytics Group. Narseo also hold an appointment as Research Scientist at the Networking and Security team at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley.

Narseo received his degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Oviedo in 2007, which he extended with a 6-month visit at the University of Cambridge to complete his degree dissertation. After a brief appointment as a Research Engineer at Vodafone R&D (UK), Narseo returned to the University of Cambridge to complete his Ph.D. program under the supervision of Prof. Jon Crowcroft. In July 2013, Dr. Vallina-Rodriguez joined ICSI in Berkeley (California) as a Post-Doc, becoming a Research Scientist and Principal Investigator one year after. In October 2016, Narseo joined IMDEA Networks as a research assistant professor (tenure track) while keeping his appointment as a Research Scientist at ICSI. During his doctoral studies Dr. Vallina-Rodriguez also interned in world-class industry research labs, such as Deutsche Telekom Labs in Berlin (Germany) and the scientific group at Telefonica Research (Spain).

Narseo's research has been awarded with a Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship in 2012, as well as best paper awards at international peer-review conferences such as ACM IMC (2018), the best short-paper award at ACM CoNEXT'14, the best paper award at ACM HotMiddlebox'15, and an IETF ANRP Award in 2016. For his work in promoting online transparency has also received industry grants such as a DataTransparencyLab grant in 2016 among others. Narseo's research has been extensively covered by international media, including the Washington Post, New York Times, The Guardian, Wired, ArsTechnica, NPR, The Verge, and the Spanish public TV (RTVE) among many others.

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Prospective Students: I am always looking for motivated Ph.D., master's and undergraduate students interested in exploring the general areas of network measurements, mobile security and privacy! Stay tunned for summer internship opportunities at ICSI and PhD positions.