I am a computer security research scientist and a principal investigator at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. I am currently focused on conducting research in the area of computer security, with a particular interest in the security and privacy of distributed computer systems.

I communicate research findings by publishing peer-reviewed research articles and presenting them at research conferences. This site presents a summary of my scholarly activity and an archive of my research outputs.

Recent Publications (see all)

Online Website Fingerprinting: Evaluating Website Fingerprinting Attacks on Tor in the Real World
[published article]
USENIX Security 2022 Distinguished Paper Award  [announcement]
2022 Internet Defense 2nd Prize 
  • Researchers Demonstrate New Fingerprinting Attack on Tor Encrypted Traffic  [HackerNews]

Learning to Behave: Improving Covert Channel Security with Behavior-Based Designs
Ryan Wails, Andrew Stange, Eliana Troper, Aylin Caliskan, Roger Dingledine, Rob Jansen, and Micah Sherr
Volume 2022, Issue 3.
[published article]

Co-opting Linux Processes for High-Performance Network Simulation
[published article] [research artifacts]
USENIX ATC'22 Best Paper Award  [announcement]
Our work has transitioned to the open-source Shadow project since v2.0.0  [code repository]

Once is Never Enough: Foundations for Sound Statistical Inference in Tor Network Experimentation
Rob Jansen, Justin Tracey, and Ian Goldberg
[published article] [extended version] [research artifacts]
54th Annual Alan Berman Research Publication Award, 2022-03-25 
Our work has transitioned to the open-source Shadow project since v1.13.2  [code repository]