Ambra Demontis

Ph.D., Assistant Professor at PRALab


Short biography. Ambra Demontis received the MSc degree in Information technology with honors in 2014 from the University of Cagliari (Italy).

She then received the P.hD. in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science in March 2018.

From September 2016 to December 2016, she was Visiting Student at The University of Manchester, in "The Machine Learning and Optimisation 

group" guided by Prof. Dr. Gavin Brown. Since  2014 she has been working for the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Cagliari, where she currently is an Assistant Professor.


Research interests. Her research interests include:

  • secure/robust machine learning and pattern recognition methods (adversarial learning);
  • kernel methods;

with applications in computer vision, malware detection spam filtering, biometric recognition.


Reviewer activity/memberships. She serves on the program committee of different conferences and workshops, such as IJCAI and DLS, and as a reviewer for several journals, such as TNNLS, TOPS, Machine Learning, and Pattern Recognition. 

She is a member of the IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics  Engineers (Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society), and of the Italian Association for Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (CVPL). 

Ambra Demontis has been one of the chairs of the 13th and 14th ACM Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Security, which are co-located with the The ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), area chair of the 25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), and web and publicity chair of the 3rd Deep Learning and Security Workshop, co-located with the 41st IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy.

She is one of the 26th International Conference on Pattern Recognition track chairs.

She was newsletter and website editor and now is vice-chair of the IAPR Technical Committee 1 on Statistical Pattern Recognition Techniques

She served as vice-chair and chair of the IEEE Cagliari Student Branch and its "Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society" (SMC) Chapter.


Teaching Activities. Ambra is the lecturer of the bachelor's degree course "Object-oriented programming languages". She was a teacher assistant for the course "Intelligenza Artificiale" (prof. Giorgio Fumera. Master of Science in Electronic Engineering) A.Y. 2014-2015 and for the course "Fondamenti di Informatica" (prof. Giorgio Fumera, University of Cagliari, Italy), A.Y. 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, 2016-2017, 2017-2018.

She has been a visiting professor for ten days at the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in Xi'an, China, where she held some lectures about "Adversarial Machine Learning."

She had co-supervised a master student of the University of Cagliari and she is currently co-supervising a master and a Ph.D. student of the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in Xi'an, China.


Code. She is involved in the development of the Secure ML Library (SecML) library.




Twitter:   @ambrademontis