I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at UC San Diego. My interests are in the intersection of computer networks, cybersecurity and technology policy. My current research is on the inference of influential network operators those with the highest capability to observe, manipulate or disrupt traffic flowing towards a country (using BGP routing announcements and traceroute-inferred Autonomous System paths). My advisors are Prof. Alex Snoeren and Dr. Alberto Dainotti. I am a recipient of the Microsoft Dissertation Grant (2019).
In 2019 I was a Security Software Eng. Intern at Akamai working on detection of data exfiltration requests (to prevent data leakage), supervised by Dr. Moritz Steiner, my second summer with the company. I have also served as an anonymous reviewer for refereed publications SIGCOMM CCR and Performance Evaluation. Recent collaborators include Dr. Amogh Dhamdhere, Prof. Kimberly Claffy, Prof. Stefan Savage, and Dr. David Clark. I'm affiliated with SysNet and CAIDA.
Previously, I got an M.Sc. in Technology and Policy from MIT, and an Electronic Engineer degree (Cum Laude) from U. Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, where I was born and raised. I spent a year, and wrote my engineering thesis, at Lund U. in Sweden. Besides academia, I've worked for the United Nations and Schlumberger, where I was a crew member onboard the Geco Triton Vessel as a positioning engineer and sailed around Europe, the Middle East and North America.
Diversity in computing is important to me. I served on the board of Graduate Women in Computing, and have participated in the CSE Diversity and Inclusion Committee. I'm an avid reader of everything political, and have volunteered for the policy teams of a Venezuelan presidential campaign and a City Council race in Chula Vista, CA. I enjoy traveling (visited 27 countries, 5 continents and 25 U.S. States), photography, cooking, running, and contemporary dance.
Inferring Internet Interdomain Congestion - Best Paper at SIGCOMM 2018
Amogh Dhamdhere, David D. Clark, Alexander Gamero-Garrido, Matthew Luckie, Ricky K. P. Mok, Gautam Akiwate, Kabir Gogia, Vaibhav Bajpai, Alex C. Snoeren, and kc claffy. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM Conference. Budapest, Hungary, August 2018.
Gamero-Garrido A., Savage S., Levchenko K., and Snoeren A.C. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1501-1513.
Ngoon T., Gamero-Garrido A. and Klemmer, S. ACM conference on Learning at Scale (L@S). Short paper. Edinburgh, Scotland. 2016.
Gamero-Garrido, Alexander M., 43rd Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC). Full paper. Arlington, VA. 2015.
Harvard University and MIT. ECIR Working Paper, Cambridge, MA. 2014
Lund University and Simon Bolivar University. Master thesis. Lund, Sweden and Caracas, Venezuela. 2010.