about ANT

who we are

The ANT Lab is a research group spanning several departments at the University of Southern California (USC), including USC/Information Sciences Institute, USC/Computer Science, USC/Electrical Engineering, USC/Information Technology Services, Colorado State University’s Computer Science Department, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. (See our people page for more.)

what we do

Our goal is to improve the Internet by discovering new ways to understand network topology, traffic, use and abuse. We address important problems in networking and cybersecurity from several perspectives:

We use many approaches:

We have pioneered new techniques, including recently:

These techniques have produced tools and datasets that are widely used:

(See our datasets and software pages for more.)

history and support

Our research has been supported by the U.S. DHS, NSF, DARPA, and industry from Cisco, Verisign, and Northrup Grumman. (We thank them for their generosity!)

And a big thanks to our collaborators and supports who host measurement machines!

The work has spanned a dozen research projects, nearly fifteen years, and eight co-PIs and more than 11 students (with than 9 PhD and and 3 MS graduates).

For a play-by-play, see the ANT blog, our publications, and specific projects.