Evita Bakopoulou

Ph.D. Candidate - Graduate Student Researcher

Hello! I am a PhD Candidate in Networked Systems, which is a cross-disciplinary program between the EECS and CS departments at University of California, Irvine (UCI). This is my personal website where you can find information on my current work at Networking Group, UCI.

My Research Interests

    Machine Learning, Privacy & Security, Federated Learning, Adversarial Learning, Mobile Data Privacy, Computer Networks

Selected Coursework

    Graduate: Computer Networks, Database Systems, Machine Learning, Social Network Data Analysis, Language Technology (NLP), Information Retrieval, Network and Distributed Systems Security, Distributed Systems & Middleware, Neural Networks & Deep Learning
    Undergraduate: Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Information Retrieval, Distributed Systems, Database Systems Design


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Email: ebakopou*at*uci*dot*edu

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Education

University of California, Irvine (U.S.)

GPA: 3.833/4.0

Thesis: "Federated Learning for Mobile Data Privacy"

advisor: Prof. Athina Markopoulou

September 2016 - present

University of California, Irvine (U.S.)

GPA: 3.833/4.0

To be conferred in March 2021

Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece)

GPA: 8.69/10.0 ("Excellent")

M.Sc. Thesis: "Identifying Interests and Expertise in the Twitter Social Network"

advisor: Prof. Vana Kalogeraki

Graduated in March 2016

Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece)

GPA: 7.38/10.0 ("Very Good"). Ranked at the top 13% of her class.


Concentrations: 1) Databases and Knowledge Management, 2) Computer Systems and Networks.

B.Sc. Thesis: "ICU: A Tool for Intent Filtering on Android devices"

advisor: Prof. Vana Kalogeraki

Graduated in October 2014

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid, Spain)

Exchange Semester (Erasmus program) in Informatics
01/2012 - 06/2012

Experience

Graduate Student Researcher

Networking Group, University of California Irvine
  • Conducted a user study to assess how users perceive mobile data privacy risk in various contexts.
  • Proposed a federated learning framework for detecting privacy exposures in HTTP(s) packets from Android devices and evaluated it under various scenarios and constraints.
  • Designed and launched privacy attacks on HTTP features for an honest-but-curious server and quantified privacy risk in terms of inferred browsing history.
  • September 2016 - present

    Privacy Engineer Intern

    Google, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Justice League/Logs Access team
  • Performed data analysis and obtained valuable insights for improving the team’s operations.
  • Developed an ML pipeline on historical data to facilitate/automate some of the team’s operations.
  • Hosts: Alejo Grigera Sutro, Jessica Wong
    June 2020 - September 2020

    Research Intern, Security

  • CDN traffic analysis and modeling request time with machine learning
  • Mentors: Dr. Paul Rigor, Dr. Harkeerat Bedi
    June 2018 - August 2018

    Teaching Assistant

    University of California Irvine
  • EECS 148/CS 132 Computer Networks
  • Fall 2017

    Innovation Incubation Summer Intern

    Bell Labs, Sunnyvale, CA

    Innovation Incubation software team, in collaboration with the Analytics team Bell Labs, Dublin.

  • Machine Learning/NLP
  • Mentors: Dr. Pat Nicholson,, Dr. Deepak Ajwani
    June 2017 - September 2017

    Research Assistant

    Real Time Distributed Systems Group, Department of Informatics, AUEB, Greece

    working with PhD candidate Iouliana Litou, under the supervision of Prof. Vana Kalogeraki

  • Predicting event attendance in MeetUp based on user interests on Twitter
  • June 2016 - July 2016

    Laboratory Assistant

    Department of Informatics, AUEB, Greece
  • Testing students in SQL in Database Systems course (INF 243)
  • March 2015 - June 2015

    Publications

  • E. Bakopoulou, B. Tillman, and A. Markopoulou, “FedPacket: A Federated Learning Approach to Mobile Packet Classification”, to appear in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2021. [IEEE Xplore Early Access] [pdf]
  • E. Bakopoulou, Anastasia Shuba, Athina Markopoulou, "Exposures Exposed: A Measurement and User Study to Assess Mobile Data Privacy in Context". arXiv preprint arXiv:2008.08973, 2020. [pdf]
  • E. Bakopoulou, B. Tillman, and A. Markopoulou, “A Federated Learning approach for mobile packet classification”, poster at Information Theory and Applications (ITA) Workshop, San Diego, California, USA, Feb. 2020.
  • E. Bakopoulou, B. Tillman, and A. Markopoulou, “A Federated Learning Approach for Mobile Packet Classification.” arXiv preprint arXiv:1907.13113, 2019. [pdf]
  • A. Shuba, E. Bakopoulou, A. Markopoulou, “Privacy Leak Classification from Mobile Devices”, In Proc. of SPAWC (19th IEEE Int’l Workshop in Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications“), Kalamata, Greece, June 2018. [pdf] [dataset]
  • A. Shuba, E. Bakopoulou, M. Asgari, H. Le, D. Choffnes, A. Markopoulou, ”AntShield: On-Device Detection of Personal Information Exposure”, arXiv preprint arXiv:1803.01261, 2018. [pdf]
  • E. Bakopoulou, P. Thanopoulos, I. Boutsis, V. Kalogeraki, ”ICU: A Tool for Intent Filtering on Android devices”, 9th International (ACM) Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA 2016), 2016. [pdf]
  • Honors & Awards

    • 2019 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) Student Travel Award
    • 2019 - 2020 Samueli Endowed Fellowship
    • 2019 USENIX Security Symposium Student Travel Award
    • 2019 International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) Student Travel Award
    • 2019 Broadcom Asia Pacific Student Research Workshop on Smart Cities Travel Scholarship
    • 2019 Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) Conference Google Conference & Travel Scholarship
    • 2019 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) Student Travel Grant Award
    • 2018 Gerondelis Foundation Graduate Fellowship
    • 2018 - 2019 Broadcom Foundation Fellowship Award
    • 2018 39th IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy Student Travel Grant Award
    • 2017 - 2018 Samueli Endowed Fellowship
    • 2016 - 2018 UCI Networked Systems Fellowship
    • 01/2012 - 06/2012 Greek State Scholarships Foundation ”Erasmus” student exchange Scholarship

    Volunteering & Service

  • Student Representative, DECADE
  • Workshop Committee & Keynotes co-Chair, DYNAMICS Workshop 2019
  • Founder & President, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) Student Chapter at UCI
  • Student Volunteer at ACM SIGMETRICS 2018: Helped with organizing the conference, June 2018, Irvine, CA
  • Student Volunteer at ACM CoNEXT 2016: Helped with organizing the conference, December 2016, Irvine, CA
  • Volunteer at Doctors of the World (Médecins du Monde, N.G.O): System Administrator & Technical Support to Employees, 06/2011 - 06/2016, Athens, Greece.
  • Professional Development

  • 2nd place winner, Facebook Capture the Flag (CTF) Workshop at WiCyS 2019
  • Public Speaking: Activate Captivate Certificate (March 2019)
  • Contact Info

  • Office: Engineering Hall 4120, University of California, Irvine, 92617, USA
  • Email: ebakopou*at*uci*dot*edu