I am a Research Scientist in Novi (Facebook) based in London. I am also a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Univeristy of Cambridge. My research interests centre on networked and distributed systems, particularly in the context of security and performance. My key areas of research include blockchains, information control (censorship & discrimination), Internet measurement, and malware and intrusion detection.
I was a co-founder and senior researcher at Chainspace, a scalable smart contracts platform, before I moved to Novi. I worked on the security, performance and applications of blockchains as a postdoc with George Danezis and Sarah Meiklejohn as part of the EU DECODE and EPSRC Glass Houses projects. I received my Ph.D. degree (Characterization of Internet Censorship from Multiple Perspectives) from the University of Cambridge in 2017 under the supervision of Jon Crowcroft (and co-supervised by Steven Murdoch, Vern Paxson, and Ross Anderson). I collaborated with ICSI (UC Berkeley), and made research contributions to NSF projects on developing empirical basis for censorship and socio-economic perspectives on Internet security. I also worked on Intrusion Detection Systems (Bro), and wrote an open-source software for botnet detection (BotFlex). I received my Master's degree in Computer and Communication Security from National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan in 2013.
- MIT Innovators Under 35, MIT Technology Review. Awarded annually to the world’s top 35 exceptionally talented technologists under the age of 35 whose work has great potential to transform the world. 2018.
- Rising Star in Computer Networking and Communications, N2Women. Awarded annually to 10 most impactful and inspiring women in networking and communications. 2018.
- Applied Networking Research Prize, Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), 2020. Awarded annually for the best new ideas in networking.
- Creative Leader with Social Heart, The Dots & Squarespace. A list of 100 influential changemakers that are making the world a better place. 2018.
- Mary Bradburn Scholarship, The British Federation of Women Graduates, 2016.
- Best Paper Nomination, ACM Internet Measurement Conference, 2014.
- Honorary Cambridge Trust Scholar, University of Cambridge .
- President’s Gold Medal, on securing 1st position (CGPA 3.95/4.0) in MS Computer & Communications Security at NUST (Pakistan), 2013.
- [Jun'20] I'll serve in the PC of Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2021.
- [Apr'20] Our pre-print Twins: White-Glove Approach for BFT Testing, a new approach for systematically testing BFT implementations, is now up on arXiv.
- [Apr'20] Our paper Replay Attacks and Defenses Against Cross-shard Consensus in Sharded Distributed Ledgers has been accepted to IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P) 2020.
- [Sep'19] Our paper SoK: Consensus in the Age of Blockchains has been accepted to the ACM conference on Advances in Financial Technologies (AFT’19).
- [Sep'19] I'll serve in the PC of Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2020.
- Mustafa Al-Bassam, Alberto Sonnino, Shehar Bano, Dave Hrycyszyn and George Danezis. Chainspace: A Sharded Smart Contracts Platform. The Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2018.
- Shehar Bano, Philipp Richter, Mobin Javed, Srikanth Sundaresan, Zakir Durumeric, Steven J. Murdoch, Richard Mortier and Vern Paxson. Scanning the Internet for Liveness. ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review (CCR), Volume 48 Issue 2, April 2018. Applied Network Research Prize 2019 by IRTF
- Sheharbano Khattak, David Fifield, Sadia Afroz,Mobin Javed, Srikanth Sundaresan, Vern Paxson, Steven J. Murdoch, and Damon McCoy. Do You See What I See? Differential Treatment of Anonymous Users. Proceedings of the 23rd Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2016.
- Sheharbano Khattak, Mobin Javed, Syed Ali Khayam, Zartash Afzal Uzmi and Vern Paxson. A Look at the Consequences of Internet Censorship Through an ISP Lens. Proceedings of the 14th ACM SIGCOMM conference on Internet measurement (IMC), 2014. Shortlisted for the Best Paper Award.
TalksThe complete list is here.
- My name is pronounced as Shahrbānū (شهربانو) (Meaning: "Lady of the Land", or "The Princess"). This name has appeared in various historic and folklorish contexts, and there are many songs (e.g., this, this, and this) named after me! :)
- I have a blog on science and philosophy and another on healthy cooking.
- I can speak English, Pashto (three dialects), Urdu (Native or Bilingual Proficiency), Hindi (Native or Bilingual Proficiency), Punjabi (Limited Working Proficiency), Arabic (Elementary Proficiency) and Farsi/Persian (Elementary Proficiency).
- In my free time, I like to read about life philosophy and literature; and long walks with my son. I enjoy weight training, running, yoga and good music.