Aanjhan Ranganathan
Assistant Professor
Khoury College, Northeastern University
Boston, USA
Office #608 ISEC
+1 (617) 373 5701


Aanjhan is an Assistant Professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston, USA, since January 2018. He is interested in building secure autonomous cyber-physical systems. He has worked on a wide variety of topics including physical-layer security of wireless systems, secure localization and proximity verification, trusted computing architectures, and side-channels. He is a recipient of several awards including the outstanding dissertation award from ETH Zurich, regional winner of European Space Agency’s Satellite Navigation competition and the Cyber Award from Armasuisse (Switzerland’s Department of Defense). Prior to joining Northeastern, he was a senior researcher in the System Security group at ETH Zurich and has over 3 years of industry research experience as a senior engineer at Robert Bosch GmbH’s Car Multimedia Division “Blaupunkt” where he was involved in the development of embedded modules for top automotive manufacturers including Audi and Volkswagen. He holds an M.Sc with specialization in Electronics and Microelectronics from EPFL, Switzerland and a Ph.D in Computer Science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland.


I am very fortunate to work with some talented and motivated students.


  • Cathleen Zhang, BS (July 2020 - July 2021)
  • Nakul Ramesh, MS (September 2019 - Dec 2019)


  • Nov 2021: Paper on information leakage in Zigbee home networks accepted at ACNS 2022!
  • Nov 2021: Paper on privacy-preserving positioning in 802.11 mc WiFi standard conditionally accepted at PETS 2022!
  • Oct 2021: Two papers accepted at NDSS 2022! V-Range is a secure positioning system design for 5G-NR. Semper-Fi is an anti-spoofing GPS receiver specifically designed for UAVs.
  • Jun 2021: Invited talk at the Armasuisse Annual Cyber-alp retreat in Gstaad, Switzerland.
  • May 2021: Two papers accepted for publication at ACM WiSec 2021! Special congrats to Domien Schepers who led both the efforts.
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  • Jul 2019: Harshad Sathaye will present our work on aircraft landing system security at the Aviation Village, DEFCON.
  • May 2019: We got the best poster/demo award at WiSec 2019 for our ILS spoofing demo.
  • May 2019: Lots of media coverage on our ILS attack [Ars Technica, The Register, Slashdot]
  • Apr 2019: Paper on new side-channel attacks on WPA-TKIP accepted at AsiaCCS 2019.
  • Mar 2019: Paper on wireless attacks on aircraft instrument landing systems accepted at Usenix Security 2019.
  • Mar 2019: Invited to serve on the program committee of Usenix Security 2020.
  • Feb 2019: Awarded the NSF CRII grant to build next-gen secure localization technologies.
  • Jan 2019: Paper on the security of GPS/INS based road navigation systems accepted at IEEE S&P 2019.
  • Jan 2019: Harshad Sathaye joins the group as a PhD student. Welcome, Harshad!
  • Dec 2018: Invited to serve on the program committee of IEEE S&P 2020
  • Dec 2018: Invited to serve on the program committee of ACM Wisec 2019
  • Nov 2018: Invited to serve on the program committee of Safethings 2019
  • Sep 2018: Domien Schepers joins the group as a PhD student. Welcome, Domien!
  • Jun 2018: Invited to serve on the program committee of NDSS 2019
  • May 2018: Invited talk at armasuisse (Swiss Department of Defense, Research and Technology wing) in Thun, Switzerland
  • Apr 2018: Paper on information leakage in low-power wide area networks (conditionally) accepted at ACM WiSec 2018!
  • Feb 2018: Invited to serve as co-chair of the Poster/Demo session at ACM WiSec 2018
  • Feb 2018: Invited to serve on the technical program committee of ACM WiSec 2018
  • Jan 2018: Started as tenure-track assistant professor at Northeastern University, Boston, USA