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A. Selcuk Uluagac

Education


  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology Electrical and Computer Engineering 2010
  • M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology Information Security, Computer Science 2009
  • M.S., Carnegie Mellon University Electrical and Computer Engineering 2002
  • B.S., Turkish Naval Academy Computer Science and Engineering 1997
  • B.A., Turkish Naval Academy Naval Science 1997

 

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Research Interests

  • Security and privacy of Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Security and privacy of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
  • Security for critical infrastructure networks (e.g., smart-grid, smart city),
  • Wireless and mobile device security,
  • Big data security,
  • Block-chain.

Biography

Professional Honors and Awards (Selected) 

  • Service Award for Contributions as General Chair by Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), to 12th ACM International Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec) (May 2019)
  • NSF CAREER AWARD by the National Science Foundation (NSF), in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations (May 2015)
  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Award by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), (March 2015)
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship Award by the University of Padova, Italy, Department of Mathematics, Italy, (June 2016)

Course Taught (Selected)

 
  • EEE 4717/5718, Security of and Internet of Things,  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University 
  • EEL 6787, Network Security, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University
  • TCN 4081, Telecommunications Network Security, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University

Technical/Scientific Products (Selected)

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=tcK62uAAAAAJ&hl

Total number of scientic/creative works: 144 (journals, book chapters, conference papers, panels, tutorials, and seminars, demos, poster, software released).
 

Journal Articles (Selected)

  1. Abbas Acar, Hidayet Aksu, Kemal Akkaya, and A. Selcuk Uluagac, "A Usable and Robust Continuous Authentication Framework using Wearables," Accepted by IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, February 2020, IF: 3.8
  2. Amit Kumar Sikder, Hidayet Aksu, and A. Selcuk Uluagac,"A Context-aware Framework for Detecting Sensor-based Threats on Smart Devices," in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, January 2019, IF: 3.822
  3. H. Aksu, L. Babun, M. Conti, G. Tolomei, and A. S. Uluagac, “Advertising in the iot era: Vision and challenges,” IEEE Communications Magazine, pp. 1–7, April 2018, IF: 9.270
  4. A. Acar, H. Aksu, A. S. Uluagac, and M. Conti, “A survey on homomorphic encryption schemes: Theory and implementation,” ACM Computing Surveys., vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 79:1–79:35, Jul. 2018, IF: 5.550
  5. H. Menouar, I. Guvenc, K. Akkaya, A. S. Uluagac, A. Kadri, and A. Tuncer, “Uav-enabled intelligent transportation systems for the smart city: Applications and challenges,” IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 22–28, March 2017, IF: 9.270
  6. M. H. Cintuglu, O. A. Mohammed, K. Akkaya, and A. S. Uluagac, “A survey on smart grid cyber-physical system testbeds,” IEEE Communications Surveys Tutorials, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 446–464, 1st quarter 2017, IF: 20.230

Conference Proceedings (Selected)


  1. Amit Kumar Sikder, Hidayet Aksu, A. Selcuk Uluagac " HomeGuard: A Context-aware Security Framework for Smart Home Systems (SHS)," In Proc. of 2019 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), Puerto Rico, December 2019,
  2. L. Puche Rondon, L. Babun, K. Akkaya, and S. Uluagac, “HDMI-Walk: attacking HDMI distribution networks via consumer electronic control protocol,” in In Proc. 2019 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), Porto Rico, Dec. 2019
  3. Z. Berkay Celik, Leonardo Babun, Amit K. Sikder, Hidayet Aksu, Gang Tan, Patrick McDaniel, and A. Selcuk Uluagac, "Sensitive Information Tracking in Commodity IoT," in Proc. of the 27th USENIX Security Symposium, Maryland, MD, August, 2018, Acceptance rate: 19%
  4. A. K. Sikder, H. Aksu, and A. S. Uluagac, “6thsense: A context-aware sensor-based attack detector for smart devices,” in Proc. of the 26th USENIX Security Symposium, Vancouver, BC, 2017, Acceptance rate: 19% 
  5. Z. Berkay Celik, Abbas Acar, Hidayet Aksu, Ryan Sheatsley, A. Selcuk Uluagac and Patrick McDaniel,"Curie: Policy-based Secure Data Exchange," In 9th ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY), Dallas, TX, USA, March 2019.
  6. A. Acar, Z. B. Celik, H. Aksu, A. S. Uluagac, and P. McDaniel, “Achieving secure and differentially private computations in multiparty settings,” in Proceedings of the IEEE Privacy-Aware Computing (PAC) Conference. D.C., USA, 2017

Invited Panelists/Talks/Seminars (Selected)  

  1. Panelist, "CPS Security & Privacy: From Theory to Practice A Decade-Long Research Plan," 2017 National Science Foundation Cyber-Physical Systems Principal Investigators’ Meeting, Alexandria, Virginia, November 14, 2017
  2. Invited Speaker, "A Privacy-aware and Robust Continuous Authentication Framework against Insider Threats in Mission Critical Settings," NATO Information Systems Technology 1st NATO-Industry Workshop on Autonomous Cyber Defence (IST-152), Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK, March 19, 2019
  3. Invited Talk, "Securing Devices and Applications in the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems Era," MIT Lincoln Labs, Boston, MA, May 31, 2018
  4. Invited Talk, "Securing Devices and Applications in the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems Era," University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, October 5, 2017

Professional Leadership & Editoral Activities (Selected) 

  • Editorial and Journal Positions: Area Editor: Elsevier Journal of Network and Computer Applications, 2015-Present; Elsevier Computer Networks Journal, 2019-Present, Editorial Board Member (Network Security Area Editor): IEEE Communication Survey and Tutorials, 2015-Present.
  • General Chair: 12th ACM International Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec), 2019; IEEE International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems Security (CPS-Sec), 2017, 2018.
  • Technical Program Committee Chair: IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization Software Defined Networks, 2016, 2017; IEEE InternationalWireless Communications Mobile Computing Conference General Symposium, 2016; IEEE CCNC Conference Security, Privacy, and Content Protection Track, 2015; IEEE International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems Security, 2014-2017.
  • TPC Member: IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P Oakland), 2019, 2020; Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2018-2020; ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks WiSec Conference, 2017, 2018, 2020; IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS), 2014-2020; ACM ASIA Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS), 2019, 2020; IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), 2020.
  • Panels: National Science Foundation: 2014-2020, The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC): 2020
  • Referee: IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Education.

Patents Disclosed & Awarded (Selected)

12 invention disclosures – 5 patent granted.
 

  1. Amit Kumar Sikder, Hidayet Aksu, and A. Selcuk Uluagac, A context-aware Intrusion Detectionmethod for smart devices with sensors, US Patent #: 10,417,413, September 17, 2019
  2. Leonardo Babun, Hidayet Aksu, and A. Selcuk Uluagac," A Method of Resource-Limited Device and Device Class Identification using System and Function Call Tracing Techniques, Performance, and Statistical Analysis," US Patent #: 10,242,193, March 26, 2019
  3. Abbas Acar, Hidayet Aksu, and A. Selcuk Uluagac, "A Method for Continuous User AuthenticationwithWearables," US Patent #: 10,075,846, September 11, 2018. This patent was successfully licensed by FIU to a company as part of the tech-transfer activities.
  4. Leonardo Babun, Hidayet Aksu, and A. Selcuk Uluagac, "Detection of Counterfeit and Compromised Devices using System and Function Call Tracing Techniques," US Patent #: 10,027,697, July 17, 2018
  5. Spencer Michaels, A. Selcuk Uluagac, and Kemal Akkaya, "Inducing Data Loss in Zigbee Networks via Join/Association Handshake Spoofing," US Patent #: 10,021,135, July 10, 2018

Research Supervision & Mentoring (Selected)


Total supervised/trained at FIU: 39

(2 Postdocs, 6 PhD, 9 masters, 21 undergraduate, and 1 high school students).
 
  1. Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr. Hidayet Aksu, Fall 2015 – Summer 2018, Areas: Fingerprinting, ML Security. Initial Employment: Amazon Smart Home Team, then Google Security
  2. PhD Student, Leonardo Babun, Spring 2016 – Present, Areas: Sensitive information tracking, on-device security, Thesis: Spring 2020, Won 3 best demo awards, and received a prestigious NSF Cybercorps Fellowship, Initial Employment: Degree in-progress, Internships: Department of Homeland Security, John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
  3. MS Student, Kyle Denney, Fall 2017 - Summer 2019, Areas: Hardware-Assisted Insider Threat Detection, Received a prestigious NSF Cybercorps Fellowship,  Thesis: A Hardware-Assisted Insider Threat Detection and Prevention Framework, Initial Employment: MIT Lincoln Labs
  4. MS Student, Cengiz Kaygusuz, Fall 2017 - Summer 2019, Areas: Compromised smart-grid device detection, CPS Security,Thesis: Centralized and Distributed Detection of Compromised Smart Grid Devices using Machine Learning and Convolution Techniques,  Initial Employment: HBO
  5. MS Studen,t Michael Alexander Alan, Spring 2015 - Spring 2016,  Areas: IoT Security, Initial Employment: Sandia National Laboratories

Media Coverage (Selected)

Research covered by different media outlets (TV, online, published) 19 times, including PBS Newshour and Science News.
 
  1. News Article, "Security flaws found in popular smart home devices," PBS Newshour Science,Jamie Leventhal, November 6, 2019, https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/securityflaws-found-in-popular-smart-home-devices
  2. TV Interview, "NBC 6 CollegeWeek: FIU Students Searching for Cybersecurity Solutions,"NBC6 Miami, Erika Glover, November 26, 2018, Miami, FL, https://www.nbcmiami.com/onair/as-seen-on/FIU-Students-Searching-for-Cybersecurity-SolutionsMiami-501283631:html
  3. News Article, "FIU in DC update: Constructing the future of urban technology," FIU FederalRelations, November 10, 2018, https://news.fiu.edu/2018/10/fiu-in-dc-update-constructing-the-future-of-urban-technology/126900
  4. News Article, "FIU inspires future learners," Miami’s Community Newspapers, February 28, 2018, http://communitynewspapers.com/florida-international-university/fiuinspires-future-learners/
  5. News Article, "Your phone is like a spy in your pocket," Science News, Maria Temming,January 23, 2018, https://www.sciencenews.org/article/smartphones-data-collectionsecurity-privacy
  6. TV Interview, "Guard your gadgets," WSVN Channel 7, LeisaWilliams, November 11,2016, Miami, FL, http://wsvn.com/news/special-reports/guard-your-gadgets/