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Full name: 
Brendan D Saltaformaggio
Job title: 
Assistant Professor
Technical Interest Groups: Computer Systems and Software

Dr. Brendan Saltaformaggio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, with a courtesy appointment in the School of Computer Science. His research interests lie in computer systems security, cyber forensics, and the vetting of untrusted software.

Dr. Saltaformaggio serves as the Director of the Cyber Forensics Innovation (CyFI) Laboratory. The CyFI Lab's mission is to further the investigation of advanced cyber crimes and the analysis and prevention of next-generation malware attacks, particularly in mobile and IoT environments. This research has led to numerous publications at top cyber security venues, including a Best Paper Award from the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS’15) and a Best Student Paper Award from the 2014 USENIX Security Symposium.

Originally from New Orleans, Dr. Saltaformaggio earned his Bachelor of Science with Honors in Computer Science from the University of New Orleans in 2012. He received his Master’s and Ph.D. in Computer Science at Purdue University in 2014 and 2016, respectively, where he was honored with two fellowships: the 2016 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship and the inaugural Emil Stefanov Memorial Fellowship in Computer Science.

Research interests: 
  • Computer Systems Security
  • Cyber Forensics
  • Vetting of Untrusted Software
  • Binary Analysis and Instrumentation
  • Mobile and IoT Security
Distinctions: 
  • Best Paper Award from the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) - 2015
  • Best Student Paper Award from the USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security) - 2014
  • Inaugural Recipient of the Emil Stefanov Memorial Fellowship - 2016
  • Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship - 2016

Y. Kwon, B. Saltaformaggio, I. L. Kim, K. H. Lee, X. Zhang, and D. Xu, “A2C: Self destructing exploit executions via input perturbation,” Proceedings of Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS’17), 2017.

B. Saltaformaggio, R. Bhatia, X. Zhang, D. Xu, and G. G. Richard III, “Screen after previous screens: Spatial-temporal recreation of android app displays from memory images,” Proceedings of USENIX Security Symposium (Security’16), 2016.

B. Saltaformaggio, H. Choi, K. Johnson, Y. Kwon, Q. Zhang, X. Zhang, D. Xu, and J. Qian, “Eavesdropping on fine-grained user activities within smartphone apps over encrypted network traffic,” Proceedings of USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT’16), in conjunction with Security’16), 2016.

B. Saltaformaggio, R. Bhatia, Z. Gu, X. Zhang, and D. Xu, “GUITAR: Piecing together android app GUIs from memory images,” Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS’15), 2015, Best Paper Award.

Z. Deng, B. Saltaformaggio, X. Zhang, and D. Xu, “iRiS: Vetting private API abuse in iOS applications,” Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS’15), 2015.

B. Saltaformaggio, R. Bhatia, Z. Gu, X. Zhang, and D. Xu, “VCR: App-agnostic recovery of photographic evidence from android device memory images,” Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS’15), 2015.

B. Saltaformaggio, Z. Gu, X. Zhang, and D. Xu, “DSCRETE: Automatic rendering of forensic information from memory images via application logic reuse,” Proceedings of USENIX Security Symposium (Security’14), 2014, Best Student Paper Award.

Last revised August 25, 2017