Hamed Haddadi @ EECS, QMUL     QMUL

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Digital Media

School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK

Visiting member, CISG Group, University College London

email : hamed.haddadi@qmul.ac.uk (or hh318@cl.cam.ac.uk)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3436
Availability: Google Calendar
Research blog: NetSocioNomics
twitter: @realhamed
Biography: here!
Research Interests: Networked Systems, Social Computing, Personal Data, Privacy, IoT

I am often looking for talented PhD students and hosting research fellows/visitors/interns interested in the above areas. If you are considering doing a PhD in London or looking for hosting of your fellowship, drop me a line! If you are a corporation looking for collaboration on research in these areas, also drop me a line. We often have potential opportunities for joint/sponsored PhD studentships or grants.


  • Come join the Databox Project: Postdoctoral Research Assistant position on Human-Data Interaction and applications’ aspects of the EPSRC Databox Project (advert, closes 01-Jul-2016)

  • Our paper "Ad-Blocking and Counter Blocking: A Slice of the Arms Race", with Rishab Nithyanand, Sheharbano Khattak, Mobin Javed, Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, Marjan Falahrastegar, Julia E. Powles, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Hamed Haddadi, Steven J. Murdoch, has been accepted to the 6th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI '16), August 2016, Austin, TX, USA (paper, Blog post, 35% acceptance rate).

  • We have an international fully-funded PhD studentship on Normative Foundations of Privacy-Preserving Practices in the Internet of Things, to start September 2016 or shortly after. See the Advert and apply by June 1st.

  • We have an international fully-funded PhD studentship on the Databox Project, to start September 2016 or shortly after. See the Advert and apply by May 15th.

  • We have been awarded over £1.2m from the EPSRC to launch the Databox project from October 2016!

  • Interested in privacy and the IoT? Then please consider submitting to our Personal and Ubiquitous Computing journal special issue by September 2nd 2016! Details at http://bit.ly/22Of9SI 

  • We have won a Microsoft Azure Research Award for performing large-scale machine learning with Matt Purver. Many thanks Azure!

  • Our paper "Fetishizing Food in Digital Age: #foodporn Around the World", with Yelena Mejova and Sofiane Abbar, has been accepted to the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2016), May 2016, Cologne, Germany (paper, webpage, MIT Technology Review, GIZMODO, 17% acceptance rate).

  • We have 3 papers accepted to ACM Digital Health 2016 conference, including two on using Deep Learning and CNNs for image recognition in the wild. Please check them out in my publications page.

  • Please consider submitting your work in the mobile sensing area to the 1st ACM MobiSys Workshop on Mobile Data (MOBIDATA 2016).

  • Our paper "Tracking Personal Identifiers Across the Web" with Marjan Falahrastegar, Steve Uhlig, and Richard Mortier, has been accepted to the Passive and Active Measurement conference (PAM 2016), 31 March-1 April 2016, Crete, Greece.

  • Yousef Amar Joins the Centre for Intelligent Sensing to start his PhD from January 2016 on the Databox.

  • Nanda Khaorapapong Joins us as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the Connected Seeds and Sensors project.

  • Our Alan Turing Institute "Symposium on Responsible, Ethics-Aware Research & Innovation in Data Science" will take place on 22-23 March 2016.

  • SensingKit v0.2.0 for Android is now available with support for Bluetooth sensor and Android Studio 1.3. New iOS version with support for iBeacon / Eddystone / AltBeacon is also now available. Minos also won the Marconi Society Best Poster Award.

  • Our paper "New Directions in Jewelry: a Close Look at Emerging Trends & Developments in Jewelry-like Wearable Devices”, with Yulia Silina, has been accepted to the ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC 2015), September 2015, Osaka, Japan.(paper, taxonomy)

  • Our paper "Personal Data: Thinking Inside the Box”, with Heidi Howard, Amir Chaudhry, Jon Crowcroft, Anil Madhavapeddy, Derek McAuley, Richard Mortier, has been accepted to the 5th decennial Aarhus conferences (Aarhus 2015 Critical Alternatives), [paper , MIT Technology Review, Guardian]

  • Our paper "A Glance through the VPN Looking Glass: IPv6 Leakage and DNS Hijacking in Commercial VPN clients”, with Vasile Claudiu Perta, Marco Valerio Barbera, Gareth Tyson, and Alessandro Mei, has been accepted to the 15th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2015 , paper, WIRED, HackerNews, The Register, BBC, Tech times, Macworld, Business Insider , and Our response to VPN providers).

  • The recent announcement of the DARPA Brandeis programme makes explicit reference to HDI and our website. This has been picked up by GCN, USAToday, NBCNews, Engadget , ACM TECHNEWS among others.

  • Our paper "#FoodPorn: Obesity Patterns in Culinary Interactions”, with Yelena Mejova, Anastasios Noulas and Ingmar Weber, has been accepted to the 5th ACM conference on Digital Health 2015 as a long paper (paper).

  • Our paper "Walking in Sync: Two is Company, Three’s a Crowd”, with Kleomenis Katevas, Laurissa Tokarchuk, and Richard Clegg has been accepted to ACM MobiSys 2nd Workshop on Physical Analytics (WPA), Florence, Italy, May 2015.

  • Our paper "Human-Data Interaction: The Human Face of the Data-Driven Society”, with Richard Mortier,  Tristan Henderson, Derek McAuley, and Jon Crowcroft, is featured on MIT Technology Review and is available online.

    Upcoming Events (Program/Organising Committee):

  • The 8th Annual Workshop on Simplifying Complex Networks for Practitioners (SIMPLEX 2016)

  • 8th EAI International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (MobiCASE 2016)

  • ACM SIGCOMM 2016

  • 12th ACM SIGCOMM Asian Internet Engineering Conference (AINTEC 2016)

  • 1st ACM MobiSys International Workshop on Mobile Data (MOBIDATA 2016)

  • 3rd ACM MobiSys International Workshop on Physical Analytics (WPA 2016)

  • 2nd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (ICCSS 2016)

  • The 10th International AAAI conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2016)

  • 25th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2016 , mobility track)

  • 6th ACM International Digital Health conference (DH 2016 , Social Computing for Health Track co-Chair)

  • IEEE International Conference on Communications 2016 (ICC 2016, Social Networking track)

  • The 36th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2016)

  • The 9th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2016)

  • The Alan Turing Institute Symposium on Responsible, Ethics-Aware Research & Innovation in Data Science (March 2016)

  • The 8th IFIP Traffic Monitoring and Analysis workshop (TMA 2016)

  • The 8th International Workshop on Hot Topics in Planet-­scale mObile computing and online Social neTworking (HotPOST’16)

  • IEEE 2nd Workshop on Legal and Technical Issues in Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things (CLaw 2016)

  • 5th IEEE Workshop on Smart Data Pricing (SDP2016 , with IEEE INFOCOM 2016)