Sarthak Grover

PhD Student, Computer Science

312 Sherrerd Hall
Princeton University
CV (January 2015)
sgrover AT cs DOT princeton DOT edu

Research Interests: Networking, Security

I am a doctoral student working with Prof. Nick Feamster at the Network Operations and Internet Security (NOISE) lab.
I am also co-advised by Prof. Renata Teixeria at the MUSE group, INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt.

Sarthak


Research area. My research focuses on Home Network Measurement and Security.
This includes measuring home broadband performance, studying devices in a home network, finding security vulnerabilities and evaluating privacy concerns, as well as measuring wireless performance to various devices.


Current Work. I am currently studying security vulnerabilies of home networks with embedded devices. With the Internet of Things revolution, vulnerable interconnected embedded devices have been deployed across smart homes throughout the world. The availability of high broadband access speeds enables us to control them remotely, turning the network from a Cloud to a Fog. In fact, by 2020, it is estimated that each home will contain 20 connected devices. But such devices are insecure, easily hackable, leak private data, and lack control.
Our aim is to study the security, privacy, and control of such smart-home networks. Our approach to this problem is to measure the performance and security of home networks; propose and implement a feasible solution in a controlled setting; evaluate and reiterate our work in practice.


Recent Publications.

  • A Case Study of Traffic Demand Response to Broadband Service-Plan Upgrades
    S. Grover, R. Ensafi, N. Feamster
    PAM 2016. [To Appear (pdf)]
  • The Internet of Unpatched Things (Talk)
    S. Grover, N. Feamster
    FTC PrivacyCon 2016. [pdf, YouTube]
  • Peeking Behind the NAT: An Empirical Study of Home Networks
    S. Grover, M. Park, S. Sundaresan, S. Burnett, H. Kim, B. Ravi, N. Feamster
    ACM SIGCOMM IMC 2013. [pdf, ppt]
  • Panoptes: Detecting Malware Activity in Home Networks
    S. Grover, N. Feamster
    UbiComp HomeSys 2013. Poster. [pdf]
  • mPaaS: Delivering Mobile Platforms as a Cloud Service
    A. Gupta, S. Grover
    USENIX NSDI 2013. Poster and Demonstration. [pdf]
  • FlowQoS: QoS for the Rest of Us
    M. S. Seddiki, M. Shahbaz, S. Donovan, S. Grover, M. Park, N. Feamster, Y. Song
    ACM SIGCOMM HotSDN 2014. [pdf]
  • Facade: High-Throughput, Deniable Censorship Circumvention Using Web Search
    B. Jones, S. Burnett, N. Feamster, S. Donovan, S. Grover, S. Gunasekaran, K. Habak,
    USENIX FOCI 2014 [pdf]

Conferences

  • A Case Study of Traffic Demand Response to Broadband Service-Plan Upgrades
    S. Grover, R. Ensafi, N. Feamster
    Passive and Active Measurement Conference (PAM)
    Greece. March 2016. [To Appear]
  • Facade: High-Throughput, Deniable Censorship Circumvention Using Web Search
    B. Jones, S. Burnett, N. Feamster, S. Donovan, S. Grover, S. Gunasekaran, K. Habak,
    USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communication on the Internet (FOCI)
    San Diego, CA. August 2014. [pdf]
  • FlowQoS: QoS for the Rest of Us
    M. S. Seddiki, M. Shahbaz, S. Donovan, S. Grover, M. Park, N. Feamster, Y. Song,
    ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking (HotSDN)
    Chicago, IL. August 2014. [pdf]
  • Peeking Behind the NAT: An Empirical Study of Home Networks
    S. Grover, M. Park, S. Sundaresan, S. Burnett, H. Kim, B. Ravi, N. Feamster
    ACM SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference
    Barcelona, Spain, October 2013. [pdf,ppt]
  • Experimental Study of Mobility in the Soccer Field with Application to Real-Time Athlete Monitoring
    V. Sivaraman, S. Grover, A. Kurusingal, A. Dhamdhere, A. Burdett
    IEEE Wireless \& Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob)
    Niagara Falls, Canada, November 2010. Best Paper Award [pdf, alt]
  • A Real Time Face Tracking System using Rank Deficient Face Detection and Motion Estimation
    V. Saxena, S. Grover, S. Joshi
    IEEE Cybernetic Intelligent Systems (CIS)
    London, UK, September 2008. [pdf, alt]

Journals

  • Performance Evaluation of Wireless Body Area Network using Cross Layer Approach
    S. Grover
    Master's Thesis, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
    Roorkee, June 2010. [pdf]
  • An Experimental Study of Wireless Connectivity and Routing in Ad-hoc Sensor Networks for Real-Time Soccer Player Monitoring
    V. Sivaraman, A. Dhamdhere, H. Chen, A. Kurusingal, S. Grover
    Ad Hoc Networks (Elsevier)
    May 2013. [pdf]

Talks/Posters

  • The Internet of Unpatched Things (Talk)
    S. Grover, N. Feamster
    Federal Trade Commission - PrivacyCon Washington D.C. January 2016. [pdf, mp4]
  • Panoptes: Detecting Malware Activity in Home Networks
    S. Grover, N. Feamster
    UbiComp Workshop on Design, Technology, Systems and Applications for the Home (HomeSys), Poster
    Zurich, Switzerland. September 2013. [pdf]
  • mPaaS: Delivering Mobile Platforms as a Cloud Service
    A. Gupta, S. Grover
    USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), Poster and Demonstration
    Lombart, IL. April 2013. [pdf]

Academics

PhD (2012 - Current)
Computer Science
Princeton University
Advisor: Prof. Nick Feamster
Current GPA: 3.874/4.00

Integrated Dual Degree (2005 - 2010)
B.Tech, Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE)
M. Tech Wireless Communication (WC)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee
Thesis: Performance Evaluation of WBAN using Cross Layer Approach
CGPA: 8.062/10

Honors

Under Construction

Teaching

  • COS126: Introduction to Computer Science, under Prof. Douglas Clark, Spring 2015
  • CS351: Computer Networks, under Prof. Patrick Traynor, Fall 2013

Courses completed

  • Software Defined Networks with Prof. Nick Feamster, Fall 2014
  • Advanced Computer Networks with Prof. Mostafa Ammar, Fall 2013
  • Network Security with Prof. Patrick Traynor, Spring 2013
  • Practical Machine Learning with Prof. H├ęctor Corrada Bravo, Fall 2012
  • Theory of Algorithms with Prof. Aravind Srinivasan, Fall 2012

Academic Affiliations

  • NOISE lab, Princeton University [link]
  • MUSE group, INRIA Paris [link]

Interesting Projects

Under Construction

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