Dr. Sonia Ben Mokhtar

Senior researcher at CNRS, HDR
Head of the Distributed Systems and Information Retrieval group (DRIM@LIRIS)

LIRIS, INSA de Lyon

DRIM Research Group
20 Avenue Albert Einstein
69621 Villeurbanne, FRANCE
Email:  sonia (dot)  ben-mokhtar (at) liris.cnrs.fr
Phone: +33 4 72 43 63 07
Fax: +33 4 72 43 85 18

Short Bio
I am a CNRS researcher at the LIRIS lab since October 2009. Since 2017, I am also the leader of the distributed systems and information retrieval group (DRIM). Before joining CNRS, I was a research associate at University College London (UCL) for two years, working with Licia Capra.
I received my PhD in 2007 from University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), which I did under the supervision of Valérie Issarny and Nikolaos Georgantas in the former INRIA ARLES project-team (currently MiMove).

News (2018)

  • Congrats to Mohamed Maouche, Vincent Primault, Sophie Cerf, Vikas Jaiman and Vasily A. Sartakov (TUB) for their papers accepted at  Ubicomp'18, ICDCS'18, Middleware'18, SRDS'18, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing'18, IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials 2018...etc !!!
  • After serving as vice-chair of the ACM SIGOPS France (ASF) chapter for 6 years I have been elected chair of ASF for the period 2018-2021.

Research interests

  • Reliable and Privacy-Preserving Distributed Systems
  • Middleware for Mobile Environments
Current Projects
  • (New!) ANR - DFG PRIMATE (2018 - 2021): Préservation de la vie privée dans un environnement d'exécution multi-enclaves fiables.
  • (New!) ANR LabCom SIBIL-Lab (2018 - 2021): Sécurité, identité numérique et détection automatique de fraudes dans les réseaux sociaux B2B
  • MobiCampus (Labex IMU): Mobility Analysis of students and staff in the 18 campuses of the city of Lyon. 2016-2019. 
    • In this project my focus will be on crowdsensing human mobility using smartphones and working on novel location privacy mechanisms.
Past Projects
  • PRIVA'MOV (Labex IMU): Mobility & Privacy: from crowdsensing to data analysis. 2013-2016.
    • In this project my focus is on location privacy.
  • EEXCESS (EU FP7 IP): Enhancing Europe’s eXchange in Cultural Educational and Scientific Resource. 2012-2016.
    • In this project my focus is on private Web search.
  • ANR SocEDA: Plate-forme EDA sociale, largement distribuée pour l’informatique dans les nuages. 2010-2013.
Service
  • Doctoral workshop co-chair at ACM Eurosys 2019.
  • Shadow PC co-chair of ACM Eurosys 2018.
  • Student forum co-chair of IEEE/IFIP DSN 2018.
  • Track chair of the Distributed Systems and Algorithms track at Euro-Par 2018.
  • Program committee co-chair of  the ACM/IFIP/Usenix Middleware 2016 conference.
  • Steering committee member of the ACM/IFIP/Usenix Middleware conference.
  • Program committee co-chair of the workshop on Middleware for Next Generation Computing MW4NGC 2014, co-located with Middleware 2014.
  • Publication chair for IEEE IC2E 2016.
  • Publication chair for IEEE/Usenix ICAC 2015.
  • Publication chair for ACM/IFIP/Usenix Middleware 2014.
  • Chair of the French chapter of the ACM SIGOPS (ASF) since 2018. Before that I served as vice-chair of ASF from 2012-2018. 
  • Head of the international relations of the LIRIS laboratory
  • Member of the board of the GDR Réseaux et Systèmes Distribués. 
Program committees (a selection since 2014-)
Software
  • Seine: A domain specific language for specifying and injecting selfish behaviors in distributed systems. Seine is used within the PeerSim simulator.
  • RACOON++A Semi-Automatic Framework for the Design and Simulation of Selfish-Resilient Cooperative Systems.
  • ACCIO: A Location Privacy Framework.
Datasets
  • Priva'Mov: A multi-sensor mobility dataset (GPS, GSM, WiFi, Accelerometer) collected in the city of Lyon.
PhD Students
  • [Mobile SystemsHayam Mousa (in co-tutelle with university of Mennoufia, Egypt) with Lionel Brunie
    • Robust reputation mechanisms in crowd sensing systems
  • [DependabilityVikas Jaiman (@Grenoble) with Vivien Quéma
    • Tail latency in key-value stores
  • [Privacy] Mohamed Maouche with Sara Bouchenak
    • Mobility data analysis and protection
  • [Privacy] Sophie Cerf (@Grenoble) with Sara Bouchenak, Nicolas Marchand and Bogdan Robu
    • A control-theory approach to configuring location privacy protection mechanisms 
Former PhD students
  • [Privacy] Vincent Primault. Currently post-doc at University College London (UCL, UK).
  • [DependabilityGuido Lena Cota (in co-tutelle with the university of Milan) with Ernesto Damiani, Gabriel Gianini and Lionel Brunie.
  • [PrivacyAlbin Petit (in co-tutelle with the university of Passau) supervised with Michael Granitzer and Lionel Brunie. Currently post-doc at LIG Grenoble.
  • [Dependability][PrivacyJérémie Decouchant. Currently post-doc at university of Luxembourg.
  • [DependabilityAmadou Diarra. Currently post-doc at LIG Grenoble.
  • [DependabilityPierre-Louis Aublin. Currently post-doc at Imperial College, London.
  • [Dependability][Privacy] Gautier Berthou. Currently post-doc at SICS, Sweden.
  • [Mobile SystemsJingwei Miao. Currently working in a company in Beijing, China.

Selected Publications (All)(Google scholar profile)(DBLP)
Selected Book Chapters / Journals
  • (New!)[Privacy/Mobile Systems] The Long Road to Computational Location Privacy: ASurvey. Accepted for publication in the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (preprint). 
  • (New!)[Privacy/Mobile Systems]HMC: Robust Privacy Protection of Mobility Data Against Multiple Re-Identification Attacks. Accepted for publication in the ACM journal of Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (ACM IMWUT). Paper to be presented at Ubicomp'18. 
  • [DependabilityRACOON++: A Semi-Automatic Framework for the Selfishness-aware Design of Cooperative Systems. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. Volume: PP, Issue: 99. 2017.
  • [Mobile SystemsAdaptive and context-aware service composition for IoT-based smart cities. Future Generation Computer Systems. 2017. Online access.
  • [Privacy] SimAttack: private web search under fire. Journal of Internet Services and Applications 7(1): 2:1-2:17 (2016).
  • [Mobile Systems4PR: Privacy preserving routing in mobile delay tolerant networks. To appear in Computer Networks, 2016.
  • [Dependability] Trust Management and Reputation Systems in Mobile Participatory Sensing Applications: A SurveyComputer Networks, Volume 90, Pages 49–73, 2015.
  • [Mobile Systems] Hybrid service matchmaking in ambient assisted living environments based on context-aware service modeling. Cluster Computing, Springer, 2015.
  • [Mobile SystemsA Delay and Cost Balancing Protocol for Message Routing in Mobile Delay Tolerant Networks. Ad Hoc Networks, Elsevier, Volume 25, Part B, P430–443. 2015.
  • [Mobile Systems An investigation on the unwillingness of nodes to participate in mobile delay tolerant network routingElsevier International Journal of Information Management.  2013.
  • [Mobile SystemsFair content dissemination in participatory DTNsAd Hoc Networks, Elsevier, Volume 10(8), pp 1633-1645. 2012.
  • [Mobile SystemsService Discovery in Pervasive Computing Environments. MIT book "At your service". Book Chapter. 2009.

Selected Conferences

  • (New!)[PrivacyEActors: Fast and flexible trusted computing using SGX. Accepted for publication in the 19th ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference (Middleware 2018).
  • (New!) Héron: Taming Tail Latencies in Key Value Stores under Heterogeneous Workloads. Accepted for publication in the 37th IEEE International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (IEEE SRDS'18).
  • (New!)[PrivacyCYCLOSA : Decentralizing Private Web Search Through SGX-Based Browser Extensions. Accepted for publication in the 38th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (IEEE ICDCS'18). 
  • (New!)[Privacy/Mobile SystemsACCIO: How to Make Location Privacy Experimentation Open and Easy. Accepted for publication in the 38th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (IEEE ICDCS'18). 
  •  [PrivacyX-Search: Revisiting Private Web Search using Intel SGX. In the 18th ACM/IFIP/Usenix International Middleware Conference 2017 (Middleware'17).
  •  [Privacy/Mobile Systems]PrivaSense: Privacy-Preserving and Reputation-Aware Mobile Participatory Sensing. Accepted for publication at 14th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (Mobiquitous'17). 2017.
  • [Privacy/Mobile SystemsAP-Attack: A novel Re-identification Attack On Mobility Datasets. Accepted for publication at 14th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (Mobiquitous'17). 2017.
  • [PrivacyAchieving Privacy and Utility Trade-off in Mobility Databases with PULP.  
  • Sophie Cerf, Vincent Primault, Antoine Boutet, Sonia Ben Mokhtar, Robert Birke, Lydia Y. Chen, Sara Bouchenak, Nicolas Marchand and Bogdan Robu.
  •  Accepted for publication at 36th IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (IEEE SRDS'17). 2017. 
  • [DependabilityAnalysing Selfishness Flooding with SEINE. G. Lena Cota, S. Ben Mokhtar, J. Lawall, G. Muller, G. Gianini, E. Damiani, L. Brunie. In proceedings of the 47th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (IEEE DSN'17). 2017.
  • [Privacy] Adaptive Location Privacy with ALP. In proceedings of the 35th IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (IEEE SRDS'16). 2016. 
  • [Privacy/Dependability] PAG: Private and Accountable Gossip. In proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (IEEE ICDCS'16). 
  • [DependabilityG. Lena Cota, S. Ben Mokhtar, J. Lawall, G. Muller, G. Gianini, E. Damiani, L. Brunie. RACOON: A Framework for the Design of Accountable Selfish-Resilient Cooperative Systems.  In proceedings of the 34th IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (IEEE SRDS'15). 2015. 
  • [Privacy] Albin Petit, Thomas Cerqueus, Sonia Ben Mokhtar, Lionel Brunie & Harald Kosch. PEAS: Private, Efficient and Accurate Web Search. In proceedings of the 14th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (IEEE TrustCom'15). 2015. 
  • [PrivacyVincent Primault, Sonia Ben Mokhtar, Cédric Lauradoux & Lionel Brunie. Time Distortion Anonymization for the Publication of Mobility Data with High Utility.  In proceedings of the 14th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (IEEE TrustCom'15). 2015. 
  • [Dependability A. Diarra, S. Ben Mokhtar, P.L. Aublin, V. Quéma. FullReview: Practical Accountability in Presence of Selfish Nodes. In proceedings of The 33rd IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (IEEE SRDS'14). 2014. (Paper below)
  • [DependabilityJ. Decouchant, S. Ben Mokhtar, V. Quema. AcTinG: Accurate Freerider Tracking in Gossip. In proceedings of The 33rd IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (IEEE SRDS'14). 2014. (Paper below)
  • [Privacy] V. Primault, S. Ben Mokhtar, C. Lauradoux, L. Brunie. Differentially Private Location Privacy in Practice. In Mobile Security Technologies (MOST) co-located with S&P 2014. (Paper below)
  • [DependabilityPierre-Louis Aublin, Sonia Ben Mokhtar and Vivien QuémaRBFT: Redundant Byzantine Fault ToleranceIn proceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (IEEE ICDCS'13). 2013. (Paper below)
  • [Dependability/PrivacySonia Ben Mokhtar, Gautier Berthou, Amadou Diarra, Vivien Quéma and Ali Shoker. RAC: a Freerider-resilient, Scalable, Anonymous Communication Protocol. In proceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (IEEE ICDCS'13). 2013. (Paper below)
  • [DependabilitySonia Ben Mokhtar, Alessio Pace and Vivien Quéma. FireSpam: Spam Resilient Gossiping in the BAR Model. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (IEEE SRDS'10). 2010.
  • [Mobile SystemsAfra Meshhadi, Sonia Ben Mokhtar, Licia Capra. Habit: Leveraging Human Mobility and Social Network for Efficient Content Dissemination in MANETs. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on aWorld of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (IEEE WoWMoM'09). 2009.
  • [Mobile SystemsTarek Melliti, Pascal Poizat and Sonia Ben Mokhtar. Distributed Behavioural Adaptation for the Automatic Composition of Semantic Services. In Proceedings of Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering(FASE). 2008. 
  • [Mobile SystemsSonia Ben Mokhtar, Anupam Kaul, Nikolaos Georgantas, Valérie Issarny. Efficient Semantic Service Discovery in Pervasive Computing Environments. In Proceedings of the International Middleware Conference(Middleware). 2006.

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