The SPARTA Lab is currently looking for self-motivated students seeking a Ph.D. in Computer Science and interested in pursuing research in topics related to computational social science, online privacy, and Internet measurement. Send an email to "rishab[-]nithyanand[at]uiowa[dot]edu" with the subject "you NEED to hire me!" if you're interested in working with us and have a demonstrably strong background in any of the following areas: computer networking, statistics, text analytics, or experiment design.

Internet Measurement Methodologies

Rishab Nithyanand
Assistant Professor

Performing Internet measurements is often the first step towards understanding and mitigating security and privacy threats. We develop experiment methodologies and tools that facilitate accurate conclusions to be made by researchers conducting Internet measurements.

Currently our focus is on developing techniques and methodologies to correctly scrape the web and measure Internet paths for different research problems.


Extortion or Expansion? An investigation into the costs and consequences of ICANN’s gTLD experiments. Shahrooz Pouryousef, Daniyal Dar, Suleman Ahmad, Phillipa Gill, and Rishab Nithyanand. Proceedings of the Passive and Active Measurement Conference, PAM 2020. PDF, Blog, Code

Apophanies or Epiphanies? How Crawlers Impact Our Understanding of the Web. Suleman Ahmad, Daniyal Dar, Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, Fareed Zaffar, and Rishab Nithyanand. Proceedings of The Web Conference, WWW 2020. PDF, Blog, Code/Data.