Ambra Demontis

PhD, 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 a Postdoc.


Research interests. Her research interests include:

  • secure/robust machine learning and pattern recognition methods (adversarial learning);
  • and 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 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 Group of Italian Researchers in Pattern Recognition (GIRPR). 

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

She is newsletter and website editor of the IAPR Technical Committee 1 on Statistical Pattern Recognition Techniques, and web and publicity chair of the 3rd Deep Learning and Security Workshop, co-located with the 41st IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy.


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


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



Twitter:   @ambrademontis