I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Research Interests: Computer and Network Security (blockchain, IoT security, Ransomware), Wireless Networks, Indoor positioning and navigation

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Recent News

  • IIT Bombay inaugurates TRUST Lab, an initiative to bolster science, technology, and education centered on Digital Trust
  • Blockchain researchers at IIT Bombay receive Algorand funding as part of MEGA-ACE, one of 10 Algorand Centers of Excellence
  • My PhD students Samuel Wedaj (area: IoT Security), Aditya Ahuja and Nitin Awathare (area: Blockchains) successfully defend their theses

  • Youtube Playlists for Lectures on:

    CS765: Introduction to Blockchains, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrencies (2020)

    CS762: Advanced Blockchain Technology (2022)

    CS224: Computer Networks (2021)

    Recent Research:

    1. Blockchain

    Off-chain solution for scaling up smart contract computation: We have come up with a novel method to implement computationally intensive smart contracts on blockchains such as those of Ethereum, Bitcoin, Hyperledger etc. NDSS is a top-tier Computer Security Conference.
    Paper Details: Sourav Das, Vinay Joseph Ribeiro, Abhijeet Anand, YODA: Enabling computationally intensive contracts on blockchains with Byzantine and Selfish nodes, NDSS 2019 [arXiv link]
    (Further work has resulted in a paper at AISTAT 2022)

    Speeding up Block validation in Blockchains Our measurements of the Ethereum blocks and transactions show that miners can speed up block validation significantly using cached state.
    Paper Details: Nitin Awathare, Sourav Das, Vinay J. Ribeiro, Umesh Bellur, RENOIR: Accelerating Blockchain Validation using State Caching , ICPE 2021

    Proactive rebalancing and reactive re-routing for Lightning Network: We present a method to improve transaction success ratio in payment channel networks such as Bitcoin's Lightning Network, by proactively rebalancing bidirectional channels and reactively rerouting payments around channels depleted of currency.
    Paper Details: Nitin Awathare, Suraj, Akash, Vinay J. Ribeiro, Umesh Bellur, REBAL : Channel Balancing for Payment Channel Networks , MASCOTS 2021

    Regulating cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin Aditya Ahuja, Vinay J. Ribeiro, Ranjan Pal, How Should We Regulate Cryptocurrencies via Consensus?: A Strategic Framework for Optimal Legal Transaction Throughput , accepted for publication at journal ACM DLT 2022

    Reducing Confirmation time by 50% in Bitcoin-like blockchains We introduce "Links" and "Anchors" which add PoW weight to blockchains more frequently than blocks. This helps reduce confirmation time by 50 percent.
    Paper Details: Ovia Seshadri, Vinay J. Ribeiro, Aditya Kumar, Securely Boosting Chain Growth and Confirmation Speed in PoW Blockchains , IEEE Blockchain 2021
    Paper Details: Ovia Seshadri, Vinay J. Ribeiro, Shadab Zafar, Securely Improving Stability and Performance of PoW Blockchains Using Anchors , COMSNETS 2022

    Improving Ethereum computation by 100x without Sharding We present a new method to improve maximum computation of smart contracts in Ethereum-like blockchains by up to 100x.
    Paper Details: Sourav Das, Nitin Awathare, Ling Ren, Vinay J. Ribeiro, Umesh Bellur, Tuxedo: Maximizing Smart Contract computation in PoW Blockchains , SIGMETRICS 2022 (paper)

    2. IoT Security

    Decentralized Attestation for IoT Swarms We have invented a decentralized attestation scheme for device swarms.
    Paper Details: Samuel Wedaj, Kolin Paul, Vinay J. Ribeiro, DADS: Decentralised attestation of Device Swarms , ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security 2019.

    3. Machine learning for Malware detection

    RANSOMWARE Solution: My student, Saiyed Kashif Shaukat, has developed a multi-layered solution, implemented for Microsoft Windows, for a dreaded type of malware called Ransomware. Ransomware encrypts a user's files and asks for a ransom in order to decrypt files. The solution, called RansomWall, uses machine learning in one of its layers. The paper was presented at COMSNETS 2018 in January 2018.
    Paper Details: Saiyed Kashif Shaukat, Vinay J. Ribeiro, RansomWall: A Layered Defense System against Cryptographic Ransomware Attacks using Machine Learning, COMSNETS 2018.Download Paper: IEEEXplore OR preprint

    How to choose Data and Feature sets well for IoT malware detection using ML:
    Paper Details: Misha Mehra, Jay N. Paranjape, Vinay J. Ribeiro Improving ML Detection of IoT Botnets using Comprehensive Data and Feature Sets, COMSNETS 2021 Download Paper: IEEEXplore

    Frugal Deep Learning analysis of network traffic
    BOND is designed considering the constraints of IoT gateways and betters the F1 score of standard benchmark ML algorithms and State-of-The-Art method - Kitsune, by at least 10 percent. Paper Details:Himanshu Gandhi, Misha Mehra, Vinay J. Ribeiro,BOND: Efficient and Frugal DL Model Co-design for Botnet detection on IoT Gateways, AIML Systems 2021

    Personal Blog: Orthomolecular Medicine: the best kept secret of the medical profession

    Last Updated: 7th April, 2022