• Dr. Kemal Akkaya is a full professor in the School of Computer and Information Sciences at Florida International University (FIU). He received his PhD in Computer Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2005 and joined the department of Computer Science at Southern Illinois University (SIU) as an assistant professor. Dr. Akkaya was an associate professor at SIU from 2011 to 2014. He was also a visiting professor at The George Washington University in Fall 2013, a Faculty Fellow at Airforce Research Lab in Summer 2020 and visiting faculty at University of Florida Nelms Institute of Connected World in 2021. Dr. Akkaya leads the Advanced Wireless and Security Lab (ADWISE) in the ECE Department. He is also acting 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, internet-of-things, and cyber-physical systems. His research was funded by many agencies and industries including NSF, DoE, AFRL, DHS, NSA, INL, Cisco, and TrendMicro. Dr. Akkaya is a Fellow of IEEE. He is the area editor of Elsevier Ad Hoc Network Journal, Computer Networks Journal and serves on the editorial board of IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials and Sensor Journals. Dr. Akkaya was the editor-in-chief of Springer Nature Computer Science journal (2022-2023), the General Chair of IEEE LCN 2018, General Co-chair of IEEE NOMS 2023, and TPC Chair for IEEE ICC Smart Grid Communications in 2019. 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, WCNC, ICNP and ACM WiSec. He has published over 275 papers in peer-reviewed journal and conferences with more than 18,000 citations and google h-index of 54. He was listed among the top 2% scientists in the world according to a Stanford University study in 2020-22. Dr. Akkaya received FIU Faculty Senate Excellence in Research Award, FIU College of Engineering and Computing Research Award both in 2020 and FIU Top Scholar Award in 2023. He has also received ``Top Cited'' article award from Elsevier in 2010. He also holds 9 patents. More information about his research and lab can be obtained at and

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  • Network security, user privacy, IoT, cyberphysical systems, cyber defense, wireless communications, cybersecurity

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  • Kemal Akkaya


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