About Me


I am a Future Faculty Fellow in Computer Science at Northeastern University. My interests lie at the intersection of computer network measurements, cybersecurity and privacy, and technology policy. My postdoctoral mentor is Prof. David Choffnes.

I recently defended my doctoral dissertation in computer science at CAIDA, UC San Diego, were we studied the exposure to observation and selective tampering of traffic flowing towards entire countries, as well as individual organizations and critical sectors within them (non-technical summary here). In technical terms, we infer the most central autonomous systems (administrative domains, often known as ASes) by creating our own metrics that analyze BGP routing announcements and traceroute-inferred AS paths. My Ph.D. advisors were Profs. Alex Snoeren and Alberto Dainotti. I am a recipient of the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant (2019).

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.

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

Diversity in computing is important to me, and I served on the board of Graduate Women in Computing, including a department-sponsored recruiting trip to the 2019 Grace Hopper Conference. I'm interested in politics and have volunteered for a US presidential campaign, the policy team of a Venezuelan presidential campaign, and a City Council race in Chula Vista, Calif. I enjoy traveling (visited 27 countries, 5 continents and 25 U.S. states), photography, cooking, running, biking, and contemporary dance.

Recent News:

  • Aug. '21. Our submission "Identifying ASes of State-Owned Internet Operators" was accepted to IMC 2021.

  • Aug. '21. I defended my doctoral dissertation. Grateful to the committee members (Profs. Stefan Savage, Aaron Schulman and Margaret Roberts, along with my advisors) for their time and valuable feedback.

  • April '21. Honored to have been awarded Northeastern University's Future Faculty Fellowship (Postdoctoral). 

  • In 2019, Microsoft Research named me a recipient of their Dissertation Grant. Very honored that our proposal was among 11 selected from over 200. More info at MSR and CSE.

  • In 2018, my co-authors and I were honored to be awarded the SIGCOMM Best Paper Award.

Selected Publications

  • Identifying ASes of State-Owned Internet Operators (forthcoming)

Esteban Carisimo, Alexander Gamero-Garrido, Alex C. Snoeren, Alberto Dainotti. To appear at the Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM IMC Conference. Virtual, November 2021.

Alexander Gamero-Garrido. Ph.D. Dissertation. UC San Diego. 2021.

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.

  • Quantifying the Pressure of Legal Risks on Third-party Vulnerability Research [Paper] [Slides] [Blog Post]

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.