The University of Southampton

Dr Leonardo Aniello 


Dr. Leonardo Aniello is a Lecturer at the University of Southampton, where he is also member of the Cyber Security group. He obtained a Ph.D. in Engineering in Computer Science in 2014 from "La Sapienza" University of Rome, with a thesis about techniques for processing Big Data in large-scale collaborative environments, with the aim of improving performance. His research is currently focused on cyber security aspects, including malware analysis, blockchain-based systems, IoT security and privacy-preserving data sharing. Leonardo is author of more than 30 papers about these topics, published on international conferences, workshops, journals and books.


Research interests

Blockchain-based Systems

IoT Security

Malware Analysis


Gaetani, Edoardo, Aniello, Leonardo, Baldoni, Roberto, Lombardi, Federico, Margheri, Andrea and Sassone, Vladimiro (2017) Blockchain-based database to ensure data integrity in cloud computing environments. Italian Conference on Cybersecurity, Venice, Italy. 17 - 20 Jan 2017. 10 pp .

De Angelis, Stefano, Aniello, Leonardo, Baldoni, Roberto, Lombardi, Federico, Margheri, Andrea and Sassone, Vladimiro (2018) PBFT vs proof-of-authority: applying the CAP theorem to permissioned blockchain. Italian Conference on Cyber Security. 11 pp .

Lombardi, Federico, Aniello, Leonardo, De Angelis, Stefano, Margheri, Andrea and Sassone, Vladimiro (2018) A blockchain-based infrastructure for reliable and cost-effective IoT-aided smart grids. Living in the Internet of Things Conference: Cybersecurity of the IoT - A PETRAS, IoTUK & IET Event, London, United Kingdom. 28 - 29 Mar 2018. 6 pp .

Aniello, Leonardo, Bonomi, Silvia, Lombardi, Federico, Zelli, Alessandro and Baldoni, Roberto (2014) An architecture for automatic scaling of replicated services. In Network Systems NETYS 2014. Springer. 122 pp . (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-09581-3_9).

Heinze, Thomas, Aniello, Leonardo, Querzoni, Leonardo and Jerzak, Zbigniew (2014) Tutorial: cloud-based data stream processing. In DEBS 14 : Proceedings of the 8th ACM International Conference on Distributed Event-based Systems. 8 pp . (In Press)

Lombardi, Federico, Aniello, Leonardo, Bonomi, Silvia and Querzoni, Leonardo (2018) Elastic symbiotic scaling of operators and resources in stream processing systems. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 29 (3), 572-585. (doi:10.1109/TPDS.2017.2762683).

Lodi, Giorgia, Aniello, Leonardo, Di Lunca, Giuseppe Antonio and Baldoni, Roberto (2014) An event-based platform for collaborative threats detection and monitoring. Information Systems, 39, 175-195. (doi:10.1016/

Ucci, Daniele, Aniello, Leonardo and Baldoni, Roberto (2019) Survey of machine learning techniques for malware analysis. Computers and Security, 81, 123-147. (doi:10.1016/j.cose.2018.11.001).


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