TEDx, ACM Distinguished, & ACM India Eminent Speaker

October 24, 2018: VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology (VJIET), Hyderabad.
150+ participants attended.



September 20, 2018: Sasi Institute of Technology and Engineering, Andhra Pradesh.
200+ participants attended.


July 28, 2018: Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, Krishnan Kovil.
140+ participants attended.



July 27, 2018: Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai.
180+ participants attended.


Mar 17, 2018: Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, Delhi
100+ participants attended the talk


Feb 20, 2018: BITS Pilani, Pilani
30+ participants attended the talk


Feb 16, 2018: BITS Pilani, Hyderabad
40+ participants attended the talk


Feb 15, 2018: Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
20+ participants attended the talk


Jan 25, 2018: Department of Computer Science, Bennett University
60+ participants attended the talk


Nov 15, 2017: Shiv Nadar University, Noida
60+ participants attended the talk

Mar 8, 2017: S.A. Engineering College, Chennai
70+ participants attended the talk

Feb 22, 2017: Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad
100+ participants attended the talk

Nov 21, 2016: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
40+ participants attended the talk

Sept 27, 2016: Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
75+ participants attended the talk

June 6, 2016: Indira Gandhi Technical University for Women, New Delhi
50+ participants attended the workshop


Feb 17, 2016: Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, New Delhi
100+ participants attended the talk

Sept 14, 2015: ITM University, Gurgaon
180+ participants attended the talk


July 22, 2015: Infosys Bengaluru
80+ participants attended the talk


July 22, 2015: IIIT Bengaluru
15+ participants attended the talk


March 16, 2015: Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, NOIDA
140+ participants attended the talk


Dec 18, 2014: Coimbatore Institute of Technology (CIT), Coimbatore
120+ participants attended the talk


Dec 17, 2014: PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
40+ participants attended the talk

September 13, 2014: ACM Regional Event on CyberSecurity, Pune.
Attended by 70+ participants. Picture with a few of the participants.

March 26, 2014: Thapar Univiersity


Talk one: "Privacy and Security in Online Social Media (PSOSM)"
Abstract: With increase in usage of the Internet, there has been an exponential increase in the use of online social media on the Internet. Websites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tinder, YouTube, and many others have changed the way the Internet is being used. There is a dire need to investigate, measure, and understand privacy and security on online social media from various perspectives (computational, cultural, psychological). Real world scalable systems need to be built to detect and defend security and privacy issues on online social media. I will describe briefly some cool projects that we work on: (Mis)Information / Fake content on Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp; Linking profiles across different social networks; Selfie deaths and KillFies; and Manipulated followers. Many of our research work is made available for public use through tools or online services at precog.iiitd.edu.in including datasets that we have used in our research work. Our work derives techniques from Computational Social Science, Data Science, Statistics, and Network Science. I will be more than happy to clarify, discuss, any of our work in detail, as required, after the talk.

Talk two: Designing Human-Centered Systems
Abstract: Why are things so hard to use these days? Why doesn’t this thing I just bought work? Why is this web site so hard to use? Why are users not liking my design? Why is my app not getting popular? These are frustrations that we have all faced from systems not designed with people in mind. The question this talk will focus on is: how can we design human-centered systems that people find useful and usable? I will briefly describe some of the fascinating work done on this space around the world and in particular, Iwill focus on building Usable Security and Privacy Solutions. In particular, in this talk, I will focus on the following:

  1. PhishGuru: A System to Train Users About Phishing Attacks. PhishGuru was developed using various Human Computer Interaction techniques like Think Aloud session, Contextual Inquiry, etc. The design is driven by users and we used iterative design process in developing the system. I will go through the design process followed in developing PhishGuru which helped in creating an award winning start-up Wombat Security Technologies wombatsecurity.com, a business enterprise launched in 2008.

  2. Anti-Phishing Phil, is a fun game that we developed to engage users in a series of challenges that test their ability to identify phishing URLs. Phil is also currently being commercialized by Wombat. Through various research studies we showed that Phil was very effective in training users to identify phishing URLs; I will describe the research methodologies and results.

  3. Privacy in India is the largest ever privacy study done in India. This has been in media recently; if you are interested search for #privacyindia12 on Twitter. This work obtained the third Best Poster Award at Security and Privacy Symposium at IIT Kanpur, 2013. Through out the talk, I will emphasize on why building systems by keeping users-in-loop is very effective. I will also briefly discuss the impacts of Human-Centered research on solutions that are developed and deployed in real world.
I will be more than happy to clarify, discuss, any of our work in detail, as required, once I am done with the talk.

Short Academic Bio: Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru ("PK") is an Associate Professor at IIIT-Delhi and is currently on sabbatical as a Visiting Associate Professor at IIIT Hyderabad. He is a TEDx and an ACM Distinguished speaker & ACM India Eminent Speaker. PK received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). His Ph.D. thesis work on anti-phishing research at CMU contributed in creating an award-winning startup - Wombat Security Technologies, wombatsecurity.com. Wombat was recently acquired for USD 225 Million. In addition to his contributions to academia, PK is on advisory role on various government organizations and a Fortune 500 company. He is also part of various Board of Studies of different academic institutes across the country. He has co-authored research papers in the field of Privacy and Security in Online Social Media, Cyber Security, Computational Social Science, Data Science for Social Good, amongst others. He is passionate about solving societal problems using technologies, especially contributing to the domain of social computing. PK and his students have played an integral role in developing a technology used by over 80+ State and Central Government agencies in India. He has spent time making notable contributions at organizations like IBM India Research Labs, Adobe Research Labs – India, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) – Brazil, and Max Planck Institute for Software Systems – Germany. PK has served as a Program Committee member at prestigious conferences like WWW, CHI, PETs, ICWSM, CSCW, AsiaCCS. He was the Founding Head of Cybersecurity Education and Research Centre (CERC) at IIIT-Delhi. PK started and successfully manages PreCog (precog.iiitd.edu.in), a research group at IIIT-Delhi.

PK can be reached on Insta (http://bit.ly/pkoninsta), on Facebook (http://fb.me/ponnurangam.kumaraguru), on Twitter (http://bit.ly/pkontwit), on LinkedIn (http://bit.ly/pkonlin) and at pk@iiitd.ac.in. Search for #ProfGiri for PK’s social media presence.