About


I'm an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts -- Amhersty. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts, I spent three years as an assistant professor at Stony Brook University. Before joining Stony Brook, I spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at The Citizen Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Prior to my post doc, I completed my Ph.D. in the Dept. of Computer Science at the University of Toronto advised by Yashar Ganjali and David Lie. During my PhD I spent time in the eXtreme Computing Group (XCG) at Microsoft Research with Navendu Jain, Boston University Security Group with Sharon Goldberg, and AT&T Labs--Research with Balachander Krishnamurthy.

I got my start in research at the University of Calgary where I completed my M.Sc. degree under the supervision of Anirban Mahanti and Zongpeng Li, with additional mentorship from Martin Arlitt (HP Labs/University of Calgary). My thesis work involved characterizing YouTube usage on our campus network.

My name: My name is commonly mispronounced as Fill-eee-pah. The second 'i' makes a short 'i' sound: Fill-ih-pah (just like Phillip with an 'a' on the end). It is a strange spelling of the common English name "Philippa". My mom chose it because she read that it means "lover of horses" and I spent a large portion of my youth on a farm.