Andrea Ceccarelli

Position: Associate Professor Ceccarelli, Andrea
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Andrea Ceccarelli is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the Department of Mathematics and Informatics of the University of Florence (Italy), where he also received the Master degree (cum laude) in 2008, and the PhD in Informatics and Automation Engineering in 2012.

Andrea Ceccarelli has more than 10 years of experience in the design and assessment of dependable and secure systems and System-of-Systems, with a preference for experimental approaches. In the recent period, he started investigating security and safety of AI systems, with a focus on the analysis of their behavior when subject to anomalous inputs, and the consequent definition of countermeasures.


Andrea Ceccarelli was TPC co-Chair of the Conferences SRDS 2017 (International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems), and LADC 2018 (Latin-America Symposium on Dependable Computing). Further, he co-organized five different workshops:

- Three editions of the Workshop RADIANCE (International Workshop on Recent Advances in the DependabIlity AssessmeNt of Complex systEms) held jointly with the conference DSN 2015, DSN 2016, DSN 2017
- IRENE Workshop on “Resilient and secure urban power systems”, held jointly with the IEEE Second International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2), 2016.
- IRENE Workshop on “Tools for Smart Grid Design and Assessment” held jointly with the conference SmartGift 2017.

Also, he held the roles of Poster Chair at EDCC 2019, Publication Chair at SRDS 2016 and SAFECOMP 2014, co-chair of LADC 2021 Industry Track, and he is a Steering Committee member of LADC.

He was amongst the organizers the summer schools ARTISAN 2021 (virtual) and 2022 (Valence, France) on "ARTISAN - Role and effects of ARTificial Intelligence in SecureApplicatioNs" togheter with O. Aktouf (Grenoble INP, France) and O. Jung (AIT, Austria).

He is regularly involved in the Program Committee of Conferences and Workshops: overall, he has been member of above 80 TPCs of conferences and workshops, including venues as IEEE/IFIP DSN, IEEE SRDS, IEEE ISSRE, AAAI, IEEE NCA.

Amongst main speaking activities, he was invited speaker at:
- Fault Tolerance Workshop, held at SBRC (Simpósio Brasileiro de Redes de Computadores e Sistemas Distribuídos), 2020. Talk Title: On failures of RGB cameras and their effects in autonomous driving applications
- "LCIS Scientific Day" at LCIS- Grenoble INP (Valence, France, 2019). Talk title: On conceptualizing, modeling and engineering evolutionary time-aware Cyber-Physical Systems of Systems
- IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance, Workshop on "Security Assessment: Metrics and Methods" 2014, Sorrento, Italy. Talk title: Design and Security Assessment of a Protocol for Continuous User Identity Verification.

and panelist at:

- IEEE 14th International Symposium on High-Assurance Systems Engineering (HASE) 2012, panel title: "The Fundamentals of Establishing Successful Public and Private Sector Partnerships with Academia"
- 36th International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems” (SRDS) 2017, panel title: “Reliability and Security in the era of Big Data and IoT”


Andrea Ceccarelli participated to multiple research projects, with different roles and responsibilities, as reported below.

- Principal Investigator of the POR CREO FESR 2020 SPaCe Smart Passenger Center (cost for the unit: 280.000 Euros).
- Responsible for the unit "Dept. of Math. and Informatics" for the project MineHep: data mining in High Energy Physics (2018-2019). Project sponsored by the University of Florence for young researchers.

Technical coordinator of the unit in:
- Regional Project POR-CREO 2007-2013 Bando unico R&S Anno 2012 SECURE! - Smart platform based on crowdsourcing and crowdsensing technologies for safety and for the management of crisis and emergencies (2013-2015)
- JPI Urban Europe 4211064 IRENE - Improving the Robustness of Urban Electricity Networks, 2014-2017

Work Package Leader in:
- H2020-MSCA-RISE ADVANCE - Addressing Verification and Validation Challenges in Future Cyber-Physical Systems, 2019-ongoing
- FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES DEVASSES - DEsign, Verification and VAlidation of large scale, dynamic Service SystEmS, 2014-2017
- FP7-ICT-2013-10 AMADEOS Architecture for Multi-criticality Agile Dependable Evolutionary Open System-of Systems, 2013-2016

Other involvements in projects: European projects FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP CECRIS, IST-FP6-26979 HIDENETS, FP6-IST-031413 SAFEDMI, FP7-IST-234088 ALARP, IST-FP7-216295 AMBER, National projects PRIN TENACE, PRIN DOTS-LCCI, Regional project POR CREO SILFI, FESR 2014-2020 SISTER, PAR FAS 2007-2013 TOSCA-FI.


Starting 2009, Andrea Ceccarelli is a partner of the company Resiltech SRL, which has been Academic Spinoff of the University of Florence. Resiltech operates in the area of design, Verification, Validation and assessment of critical systems, with main focus in the automotive, railway and industrial automation domain. It counts approximately 35 full time employees and four premises in

He regularly serves as expert for the evaluation of H2020 project proposals for the European Commission (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021), and for the evaluation of project proposals for the Eureka network (2019, 2020, 2021).

He is co-Inventor of the Italian Patent: Brevetto italiano 102015000072477, Methods and apparatus for resilient time signalling (N.PCT/IB2016/056768).


Andrea Ceccarelli has been visiting researcher at:
2019 (three weeks), 2015 (two months): Universidade Estadual de Campinas (San Paolo, Brasil)
2017 (three weeks), 2016 (1 month), 2014 (two months): Universidade Federal de Alagoas (Alagoas, Brasil)
2013 (four months): Critical Software S.A., Coimbra, Portugal
2010-2011 (three months, Visiting Student during PhD): University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal


2020- Best Research Paper Nominees at ISSRE 2020
2019- Best Experience Report paper at LADC 2019
2017 - National Scientific Habilitation (ASN) as Associate professor (II rank) in Computer Science (01/B1)
2017 - MIUR FFABR - Fondo per il finanziamento delle attività base di ricerca (Legge di Bilancio 2017)
2021- Member of the IFIP WG10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance

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Recent Publications

  • Conference T. Zoppi, A. Ceccarelli and A. Bondavalli. "Towards a General Model for Intrusion Detection: An Exploratory Study". Machine Learning for CyberSecurity (MLCS 2022). 2022. [More] 
  • Conference T. Zoppi, A. Ceccarelli and A. Bondavalli. "Detecting Intrusions by Voting Diverse Machine Learners: Is It Really Worth?". Pacific Rim Dependable COmputing (PRDC2021). 2021. [More] 
  • Conference N. Piazzesi, M. Hong and A. Ceccarelli. "Attack and Fault Injection in Self-driving Agents on the Carla Simulator -- Experience Report". Computer Safety, Reliability, and Security. Habli, Ibrahim, Sujan, Mark, Bitsch and Friedemann eds. 2021. pp. 210-225. [More] 
  • Journal T. Zoppi, T. Capecchi, A. Ceccarelli and A. Bondavalli. "Unsupervised Anomaly Detectors to Detect Intrusions in the Current Threat Landscape", ACM Transactions on Data Science. 2021. [More] 
  • Journal T. Zoppi, A. Ceccarelli and A. Bondavalli. "Unsupervised Algorithms to Detect Zero-Day Attacks: Strategy and Application", IEEE Access, Vol. 9. 2021, pp. 90603-90615. [More] 

Resilient Computing Lab, 2011

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