FIU College of Engineering and Computing

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Kemal Akkaya



  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • M..S in Computer Engineering, Middle-East Technical University, Turkey
  • B.S. in Computer Science, Bilkent University, Turkey

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Areas of Expertise

  • Network Security
  • IoT & Cyber-physical System Security
  • Key Management
  • Blockchain Applications and Cryptocurrencies
  • IoT/CPS Forensics
  • SDN and NFV-based Defense
  • 5G Security and Standards
  • IoT & Wireless Networking

Professional Activities

Dr. Akkaya leads the Advanced Wireless and Security Lab (ADWISE) in the ECE Dept. and served as the Program Director for the first BS degree in the US on IoT. He is also serving as the Research Director for the FIU’s Emerging Preeminent Program in Cybersecurity, which is a university wide interdisciplinary program. His current research interests include security and privacy, security and privacy, internet-of-things, and cyber-physical systems. Dr. Akkaya is a senior member of IEEE. He is the area editor of Elsevier Ad Hoc Network Journal and serves on the editorial board of IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials. Dr. Akkaya was the General Chair of IEEE LCN 2018 and TPC Chair for IEEE ICC Smart Grid Communications. He has served as the guest editor for many journals and in the OC/TPC of many leading network/security conferences including IEEE ICC, Globecom, INFOCOM, LCN and WCNC and ACM WiSec. Dr. Akkaya received FIU Faculty Senate Excellence in Research Award and College of Engineering and Computing Faculty Research Award in 2020. He has also received ``Top Cited'' article award from Elsevier in 2010. 

Courses Taught

  • EEL 5718 – Computer Communication Networks
  • TCN 5271 – Advanced IoT Communications and Networking
  • TCN 4081 – Telecommunication Network Security
  • TCN 4211 - Telecommunication Networks

Referred Journal Articles

  1. A. Acar, S. Ali, K. Karabina, C. Kaygusuz, H. Aksu, K. Akkaya and S. Uluagac, “A Lightweight Privacy-aware Continuous Authentication Protocol – PACA” in ACM Transactions on Security and Privacy (to appear).
  2. S. Mercan, A. Kurt, E. Erdin and K. Akkaya, “Cryptocurrency Solutions to Enable Micro-payments in Consumer IoT,” in IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine (to appear).
  3. A. Kurt, N. Saputro and K. Akkaya, “Distributed Connectivity Maintenance in Swarm of Drones during Post-Disaster Transportation Applications”, in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) (to appear).
  4. L. Puche, L. Babun, K. Akkaya and S. Uluagac, “HDMI-Watch: Smart Intrusion Detection System Against HDMI Attacks”, in IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering (TNSE) (to appear).
  5. A. Aydeger, M. Manshaei, M. Rahman and K. Akkaya, “Strategic Defense against Stealthy Link Flooding Attacks: A Signaling Game Approach” in IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering (TNSE), Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 751–764, 2021.
  6. A. Acar, H. Aksu, A. S. Uluagac, and K. Akkaya, “A Usable and Robust Continuous Authentication Framework using Wearables”, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Vol. 20, No. 6, pp. 2140-2153, 2021
  7. E. Erdin, M. Cebe, K. Akkaya, E. Bulut, and S. Uluagac, “A Scalable Private Bitcoin Payment Channel Network with Privacy Guarantees,” in Elsevier Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Vol. 180, 2021.
  8. S. Mercan, M. Cebe, K. Akkaya, R. Aygun, and D. Danko, “Blockchain-based video forensics and integrity verification framework for wireless IoT devices”, Wiley Security and Privacy, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2021.
  9. M. A. Abdel-Malek, N. Saputro, A. Ibrahim, K. Akkaya, “UAV-Assisted Multi-path Parallel Routing for mmWave-Based Wireless Networks, Elsevier Internet of Things Journal, Vol. 14, 2021.
  10. S. Mercan, E. Erdin, and K. Akkaya, “Improving transaction success rate in cryptocurrency payment channel networks”, Elsevier Computer Communications, 166:196 – 207, 2021.
  11. M. Cebe and K. Akkaya, “Communication-efficient Certificate Revocation Management for Advanced Metering Infrastructure”, in Elsevier Future Generation Computer Systems Journal, Vol. 115, pp. 267-278, 2021.