I received my M.Eng. in Software Engineering in 2014 and my M.Sc. in Information Security in 2016. I then joined UCL's Information Security Research Group to do my Ph.D under the supervision of Prof. Emiliano De Cristofaro. Currently, I am a Research Assistant at Queen Mary University of London researching state of the art Machine Learning methods for the identification of online hate speech.
My research focuses on the identification of online hate speech using state of the art machine learning methods. Specifically, I am investigating how different methods, features, and datasets affect the performance of hate speech classifiers.Machine Learning Hate Speech Detection Natural Language Processing
I was awarded a 3-year Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship for the Privacy & Usability Innovative Training Network. My research focused on the unexplored challenges of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Specifically, I studied the security and privacy limitations of the technologies used for testing, storing, and sharing genomic data, and how direct-to-consumer genetic testing is being misused online by far-right groups to promote racist ideologies.Natural Language Processing Social Network Analysis Hate Speech Detection Privacy Security
I visited BayLDA where I studied how health and genetic data is being handled under GDPR.GDPR
- Mittos Alexandros, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, and Emiliano De Cristofaro. 'And We Will Fight For Our Race!' A Measurement Study of Genetic Testing Conversations on Reddit and 4chan. In Fourteenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media. 2020 (ICWSM).
Media Coverage The Times, StatNews
Acceptance Rate: 21%
- Mittos Alexandros, Bradley Malin, and Emiliano De Cristofaro. Systematizing Genome Privacy Research: A Privacy-Enhancing Technologies Perspective. Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies 2019, no. 1 (2019): 87-107 (PoPETs).
Acceptance Rate: 22%
- Mittos Alexandros, Jeremy Blackburn, and Emiliano De Cristofaro. '23andMe Confirms: I'm Super White' Analyzing Twitter Discourse On Genetic Testing. (2018).
Skills & Proficiency
Received a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow scholarship for 3 years to investigate the societal challenges stemming from the rise of personal genomic testing. Acceptance Rate: 6%
Received a scholarship for my M.Sc. studies at the University of the Aegean.