About Me

I am a Research Scientist at Google working in the general area of Privacy and Security.


Contact: psaiteja[at]nyu[dot]edu

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Resume (PDF, Word)

Honors and Award
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  • Deborah Rosenthal, MD Award for outstanding performance in PhD qualifying exam
  • President's Gold Medal for Academic Excellence while pursuing BTech, DA-IICT class of 2009.
  • Finalist in the Kaspersky's 'CyberSecurity for the Next Generation' conference in the North American Round 2013.
Patents
Publications
  1. Bram Bonne, Sai Teja Peddinti, Igor Bilogrevic, Nina Taft
    Exploring decision making with Android's runtime permission dialogs using in-context surveys. (IAPP SOUPS Privacy Award)
    In Proceedings of the 13th Symposium on Usable Privacy & Security (SOUPS 2017). 
  2. Sai Teja Peddinti, Keith W. Ross, Justin Cappos.
    User Anonymity on Twitter
    Appeared in IEEE Security & Privacy (Magazine), May/June 2017.
    This article is based on two prior publications: COSN 2014 and ICWSM 2016, and an arXiv draft.
  3. Sai Teja Peddinti, Keith W. Ross, Justin Cappos. 
    Finding Sensitive Accounts on Twitter: An Automated Approach Based on Follower Anonymity. (Short Paper)
    In Proceedings of the 10th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), 2016.
  4. Sai Teja Peddinti, Allen Collins, Aaron Sedley, Nina Taft, Anna Turner, Allison Woodruff.
    Perceived Frequency of Advertising Practices.
    In Proceedings of the USENIX SOUPS Workshop on Privacy Personas and Segmentation (PPS), 2015.
  5. Sai Teja Peddinti, Aleksandra Korolova, Elie Bursztein, and Geetanjali Sampemane.
    Understanding Sensitivity Through Analyzing Anonymity.
    Appeared in IEEE Security & Privacy (Magazine) 2015.
    This is a popularized version of our paper "Cloak and Swagger: Understanding Data Sensitivity Through the Lens of User Anonymity", which appeared in IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (S&P), 2014.
  6. Yuan Ding, Sai Teja Peddinti, and Keith W. Ross.
    Stalking Beijing from Timbuktu: A Generic Measurement Approach for Exploiting Location-Based Social Discovery.
    In Proceedings of the 4th ACM Workshop on Security and Privacy in Smartphones and Mobile Devices (SPSM), 2014, co-located with ACM CCS.
  7. Sai Teja Peddinti, Keith W. Ross, and Justin Cappos.
    "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog": A Twitter Case Study of Anonymity in Social Networks.
    In Proceedings of 2nd ACM Conference on Online Social Networks (COSN), 2014.
  8. Sai Teja Peddinti, Aleksandra Korolova, Elie Bursztein, and Geetanjali Sampemane.
    Cloak and Swagger: Understanding Data Sensitivity Through the Lens of User Anonymity.
    In Proceedings of 35th IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (S&P), 2014.
  9. Sai Teja Peddinti and Nitesh Saxena.
    Web Search Query Privacy: Evaluating Query Obfuscation and Anonymizing Networks.
    Journal of Computer Security (JCS) Volume 22, Number 1 / 2014.
  10. Sai Teja Peddinti, Avis Dsouza, and Nitesh Saxena.
    Cover Locations: Availing Location-Based Services Without Revealing the Location.
    In Proceedings of the 10th annual ACM workshop on Privacy in the electronic society (WPES), 2011, co-located with ACM CCS.
  11. Sai Teja Peddinti and Nitesh Saxena.
    On the Limitations of Query Obfuscation Techniques for Location Privacy
    In Proceedings of the 13th international conference on Ubiquitous computing (UbiComp), 2011.
  12. Sai Teja Peddinti and Nitesh Saxena.
    On the effectiveness of Anonymizing Networks for Web Search Privacy.
    In Proceedings of the 6th ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS), 2011.
  13. Sai Teja Peddinti and Nitesh Saxena.
    On the Privacy of Web Search Based on Query Obfuscation: A Case Study of TrackMeNot.
    In Proceedings of the 10th international conference on Privacy enhancing technologies (PETS), 2010.
  14. Joyojeet Pal, Udai Pawar, Apurva Joshi, Mohit Jain, Sai Gopal Thota, Sai Teja Peddinti, Sukumar Anikar.
    From Pilot to Practice: Creating Multiple-Input Multimedia Content for Real-World Deployment.
    In Proceedings of the Intelligent User Interfaces for Developing Regions (IUI4DR), 2008.
Professional Service
Technical Program Committee Member for
Reviewer for
  • ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT)
  • COMNET Journal
  • Elsevier Computers & Security Journal
  • IEEE Security and Privacy
  • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (TIFS)
  • Information Retrieval Journal
  • Journal of Computer and System Sciences
  • International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Securit (ACNS) 2011
  • International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Securit (ACSAC) 2012
  • International Conference on Cryptology and Network Security (CANS) 2010
  • International Conference on Cloud Computing and Big Data (CCBD) 2015
  • IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom) 2010
  • IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD) 2015
  • International Conference on Information Systems Security (ICISS) 2014, 2010
  • IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM) 2013
  • International Conference on Information Security(ISC) 2010
  • Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) 2012, 2011, 2010
  • International Conference on Network and System Security (NSS) 2010
  • ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Network (WISEC) 2012, 2011

Experience
Professional Experience
  • Intern at Google Research, Summer 2013
    Mentors: Aleksandra Korolova and Geetanjali Sampemane 
    Worked in the Infrastructure Privacy Research group. Gathered and analyzed large-scale activity data using MapReduce, NLP, and machine learning. Contributed to a data-driven analysis of user privacy preferences and concerns based on their activity and made several surprising observations. Co-authored a research paper based on the results.
  • Research Intern, Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs, Summer 2012
    Mentors: Krishna Puttaswamy, Hao Fang and TV Lakshman 
    I spent the summer at Infrastructure Research group at Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs. Investigated and identified security issues arising in the new paradigm of Software Defined Networks (SDNs) such as OpenFlow. Developed and implemented a methodology to mitigate the attacks, and tested its performance on real network traces.
  • Intern, Microsoft Research India, Bangalore, June 2007 - July 2007
    Mentors: Joyojeet Pal (UC Berkeley), Udai Pawar Singh (Microsoft Research), Sukumar Anikar (Azim premji Foundation) 
    Contributor to a joint project of UC Berkeley, Azim Premji Foundation, and Microsoft Research India. Performed experiments, wrote code, and tested in order to extend the MultiMouse Technology developed by Microsoft to handle Adobe Flash executables. Co-authored a research paper based on the conducted work.
  • Intern, National Innovation Foundation, India, May 2007 - June 2007
    I had developed an online video management website for National Innovation Foundation.
Academic Experience
  • Research Assistant, NYU-Polytechnic, September 2009 - October 2014
    Until May 2011, I worked with Prof.Nitesh Saxena on projects related to evaluation of Web Search and Location privacy preserving mechanisms. Published five papers as the primary author based on the work done. Worked with my PhD advisors, Prof.Keith Ross and Prof.Justin Cappos, in the broad area of privacy and security. Worked on privacy projects related to online anonymity, content sensitivity and location privacy. Proposed and developed a Cloud security as a service system for personal end user devices.
  • Teaching Assistant, NYU-Shanghai, Fall 2012
    I TA'ed for the CSCI-101 Introduction to Computer Science course, an undergraduate level programming course taught by Prof.Keith Ross. Taught several lectures and assisted with grading of homeworks, projects, and exams.
  • Teaching Assistant, NYU-Polytechnic, Fall 2012
    I TA'ed for the CS6843 Computer Networking course, a Graduate level course taught by Prof.Keith Ross. Taught several lectures and assisted with grading of homeworks, projects, and exams.
  • Teaching Assistant, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT (DA-IICT), India, August 2008 - May 2009
    Helped freshmen with 'Data Structures' and 'Programming Languages' courses.
Academics
  • New York University, Tandon School of Engineering, New York
    PhD program in Computer Science, 2014

  • Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar, India
    Bachelor of Technology in Information and Communication Technology, 2009
    President's GOLD MEDAL for academic excellence