Dr Aniket Mahanti
BSc(Hons) (University of New Brunswick), MSc/PhD (University of Calgary)
I am a researcher, educator, and award-winning author who brings over 15 years of experience designing, measuring, analyzing, and modelling complex distributed systems. Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer (North America: Associate Professor) of Computer Science at The University of Auckland. I received my doctorate in computer science from the University of Calgary, Canada, in 2012. Between 2006 and 2008, I worked as a Research Associate with the Computer Networks group at the University of Calgary. My expertise spans multiple domains such as computer science, social sciences, and business.
Research | Current
My research expertise is in computer networks, network science, social computing, and performance evaluation. Most of my research is empirical, which is often driven by large-scale Internet measurements. Recently I have developed research interests in data science and cyber security. My strong publication record is evident through 60+ refereed papers published in top-tier conferences and journals. International collaboration is a vital part of my research. A mostly complete list of my publications is available through well-known indexing sites such as Google Scholar, DBLP, and Scopus.
Teaching | Current
I am a passionate educator comfortable with in-person, online, and hybrid teaching environments. At Auckland, I specialize in course development and instruction in my area of research expertise, namely, computer networking and security. These courses are COMPSCI 215, 315, 316, and 742. I have taught at every level of the program starting from the first year to postgraduate. A hallmark of my undergraduate classes is the use of research-informed teaching. I also have several years of experience leading business administration courses such as business math/statistics and information technology management.
I have supervised over 50 graduate students, including Ph.D., Master's, and Honours students.
I am actively seeking motivated students interested in doing research in my areas of expertise. If you are a student reading this profile, please email me regarding your proposed project.
My post-secondary education was fully funded by prestigious scholarships like the national Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS), and the provincial Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) graduate student scholarship. I received the best paper award at the International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Agriculture (SSA) 2021.
Over the years, I have performed numerous vital duties in the university. I only list the highlights here. Since 2015, I have advised university leadership on international student recruitments from key growth markets. I have visited focus markets with International Office managers on numerous trips to promote our degree programs. I have interacted with thousands of potential students at educational fairs and education agent offices and advised them about our programs. I also provided training to agents who partner with our university to recruit international students. These efforts have led to increasing enrolments in our programs. I have counselled the International Office on strategic initiatives. I am also involved in the decision-making of international admissions applications.
Areas of expertise
Computer networks, network science, social computing, peformance evaluation, Internet measurements, data science, cyber security.
I am actively involved with the research community through participation in prestigious conference committees, workshop organization, journal/conference reviewing, invited seminars, journal editing, international grant reviewing, and external M.Sc./Ph.D. examination, among other things. I co-chaired the IEEE Workshop on Network Measurement (WNM) from 2013-2016. I am the co-creator of one of the premier conferences on Internet measurements research - IFIP Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis (TMA) Conference.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Farrelly, B., Sun, Y., Mahanti, A., & Gong, M. (2017). Video workload characteristics of online porn: Perspectives from a major video streaming service. Proceedings - Conference on Local Computer Networks, LCN, 518-519. Singapore, Singapore: IEEE. 10.1109/LCN.2017.119
- Mahanti, A., & Halepovic, E. (2017). WNM 2016: Message from the chairs. Paper presented at The Tenth IEEE Workshop on Network Measurements (WNM 2016), Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 7 November - 10 November 2016. Proceedings - Conference on Local Computer Networks, LCN. 10.1109/LCN.2016.008
- Thomson, W., Mahanti, A., & Gong, M. (2017). Understanding uploader motivations and sharing dynamics in the one-click hosting ecosystem. Proceedings - Conference on Local Computer Networks, LCN, 2017-October, 520-522. Singapore, Singapore: IEEE. 10.1109/LCN.2017.118
- Yu, S. Y., Mahanti, A., & Gong, M. (2017). Benchmarking ISPs in New Zealand. 2016 IEEE 35th International Performance Computing and Communications Conference, IPCCC 2016 Las Vegas, NV, USA: IEEE. 10.1109/PCCC.2016.7820618
- Kumar, S., Negi, A., Prasad, K., & Mahanti, A. (2016). Evaluation of Network Risk Using Attack Graph Based Security Metrics. Proceedings - 2016 IEEE 14th International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, DASC 2016, 2016 IEEE 14th International Conference on Pervasive Intelligence and Computing, PICom 2016, 2016 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Big Data Intelligence and Computing, DataCom 2016 and 2016 IEEE Cyber Science and Technology Congress, CyberSciTech 2016, DASC-PICom-DataCom-CyberSciTech 2016. 10.1109/DASC-PICom-DataCom-CyberSciTec.2016.30
- Mehdipour, F., Javadi, B., & Mahanti, A. (2016). FOG-engine: Towards big data analytics in the fog. Proceedings - 2016 IEEE 14th International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, DASC 2016, 2016 IEEE 14th International Conference on Pervasive Intelligence and Computing, PICom 2016, 2016 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Big Data Intelligence and Computing, DataCom 2016 and 2016 IEEE Cyber Science and Technology Congress, CyberSciTech 2016, DASC-PICom-DataCom-CyberSciTech 2016, 640-646. Auckland, New Zealand: IEEE. 10.1109/DASC-PICom-DataCom-CyberSciTec.2016.116
- Rizothanasis, G., Carlsson, N., & Mahanti, A. (2016). Identifying user actions from HTTP(S) traffic. Proceedings - Conference on Local Computer Networks, LCN, 555-558. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: IEEE. 10.1109/LCN.2016.91
- Vadursi, M., Ceccarelli, A., Duarte, E. P., & Mahanti, A. (2016). System and network security: Anomaly detection and monitoring. Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 201610.1155/2016/2093790
Email is the optimal way to contact me.
Primary office location
SCIENCE CENTRE 303S - Bldg 303S
Level 5, Room 595
38 PRINCES ST