M. Hammad Mazhar

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PhD Candidate,
The University of Iowa
15 Maclean Hall
Iowa City, Iowa, USA
E-mail: muhammadhammad-mazhar [@] uiowa [DOT] edu
Twitter: @HmdMazhar

About me

I received the B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan, in 2016. I am enrolled in the PhD program under the supervision of Prof. Omar Chowdhuty at UIowa.


My current research focuses on resolving security and privacy issues in smart home IoT. My recent work includes a study on smart home IoT traffic in the wild, focusing on aspects such as tracking, encryption and service centralization. My past work includes using machine learning for video QoE monitoring for encrypted video streaming. I am currently looking into studying user policies can be enforced in smart home environments in a platform agnostic manner using networking tools.


My industrial collaborators include:

  • Minim

  • AT&T

  • Nokia

  • Futurewei

Recent News

  • I have passed the PhD. Comprehensive exam at UIowa in Fall 2020. I am now a PhD. candidate.

  • Since Zubair Shafiq has moved to UC Davis, I have changed advisors. My new advisor is Omar Chowdhury.

  • My work titled Characterizing Smart Home IoT Traffic in the Wild has been accepted for publication at ACM/IEEE Internet of Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI) 2020.

  • I recently completed a summer internship with Minim, developing prototypes for detecting anomalous network traffic behavior in Smart Home IoT devices.

Recent Publications

Full list of publications.
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