Angelos Stavrou

Angelos Stavrou

Associate Professor, Director CARE
Computer Science


Dr. Angelos Stavrou is an Associate Professor at George Mason University and the Director of the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) at GMU. Stavrou has served as principal investigator on contracts from NSF, DARPA, IARPA, DHS, AFOSR, ARO, ONR, and he is an active member of NIST's Mobile Security team and has written more than 80 peer-reviewed conference and journal articles.Stavrou received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, M.Phil. andPh.D. (with distinction) in Computer Science all from Columbia University. He also holds an M.Sc. in theoretical Computer Science from University of Athens, and a B.Sc. in Physics with distinction from University of Patras, Greece. His current research interests include security and reliability for distributed systems, security principles for virtualization, and anonymity with a focus on building and deploying large-scale systems. Stavrou was awarded with the 2012 George Mason Emerging Researcher, Scholar, Creator Award, a university-wide award. In 2013, he received the IEEE Reliability Society Engineer of the Year award. He is a NIST guest researcher, a member of the ACM and USENIX, and a senior IEEE member. Over the past few years, Dr. Stavrou's research has focused on two aspects of security: Systems' Security and Reliability. In the context of the first, he workied with NIST as part of the DARPA Transformative Applications effort that seeks to secure Android mobile phone devices against kernel-level attacks. Furthermore, Stavrou was the GMU PI participating along with Columbia, Stanford, and Symantec in the IARPA StoneSoup effort. In addition, the PI was funded by DARPA under the CyberGenome project to perform analysis on the phylogenetic origins of malware. Dr. Stavrou is currently supported by two DHS grants, and two NSF grants: NSF CNS-1421747 on Scalable Techniques for Better Situational Awareness: Algorithmic Frameworks and Large-Scale Empirical Analyses and NSF DUE-1303299 on Bridging the Cybersecurity Leadership Gap: Assessment, Competencies and Capacity Building. The first grant is focused on the cyber security of large-scale systems whereas the second effort seeks to foster cross-disciplinary education as a foundation for the development and assessment of cybersecurity leadership education programs. In addition, Dr. Stavrou team is currently funded by DARPA under the Active Authentication, and Mission Resilient Cloud projects. Finally, our current projects from ADD, DHS and NIST are funding research efforts in security mobile and IoT devices.

Research Interests

Selected Publications

Wang zhaohui, Angelos Stavrou, (2010) "Exploiting Smart-Phone USB Connectivity For Fun And Profit". 6th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACM ACSAC) 2010 : -.

Nathaniel Boggs, Sharath Srivastsan Hiremagalore, Angelos Stavrou, Salvatore Stolfo, (2010) "Experimental Results of Cross-Site Exchange of Web Content Anomaly Detector Alerts". Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Homeland Security Technologies (IEEE HST 2010) : -.

Xiaohui Yang, Angelos Stavrou, Ram Dantu, Duminda Wijesekera, (2010) "Small World VoIP". n the Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services MobiCASE : -.

Claudio Ardagna, Angelos Stavrou, Pierangela Samarati, Sushil Jajodia, (2010) "Providing Mobile Users' Anonymity in Hybrid Networks". In Proceedings of the 15th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2010). September 2010, Athens, Greece. : -.

Selected Grants

2014 - 2017 : TWC: TTP Option: Small: Collaborative: Scalable Techniques for Better Situational Awareness: Algorithmic Frameworks and Large-Scale Empirical Analyses. Funded by National Science Foundation.

2014 - 2016 : Technical consulting on the test and evaluation methodology for cyber-security technologies. Funded by Agency for Defense Development (South Korea).

2014 - 2014 : TAPIO: Targeted Attack Premonition Using Integrated Operational Data Sources. Funded by Invincea Labs, LLC.