Kemal Akkaya

Kemal Akkaya

EC 3915
ORCID: 0000-0002-7103-4545


Dr. Kemal Akkaya is a full professor in the KF School of Computing and Information Sciences with a joint courtesy appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 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 of IEEE. He has published over 270 papers in peer-reviewed journal and conferences with more than 18,000 citations and google h-index of 53. He was listed among the top 2% scientists in the world according to a Stanford University study in 2021 and 2022. Dr. Akkaya received FIU Faculty Senate Excellence in Research Award and FIU College of Engineering and Computing Research Award both in 2020. He also received Top Scholar Award at FIU in 2023. Dr. Akkaya has also received "Top Cited'' article award from Elsevier in 2010. He holds 8 patents. More information about his research and lab can be obtained at and

Research and Educational Interests

  • Network Security
    • Vulnerabilities, network attacks, botnets, covert channels, defenses, intrusion detection, moving target defense, protocol security, lightweight cryptography, post-quantum cryptography
  • Systems Security and Privacy (CPS, IoT, Smart Grid and 5G Systems)
    • Device authentication, fingerprinting, key management, digital forensics for systems, blockchain, privacy-preserving computation using MPC or homomorphic encryption, user authentication, ML security, privacy-preserving ML deployments
  • Networking/Wireless
    • Software defined networking, 5G systems, edge computing, sensing and wireless communication, IoT, efficient protocol design, multimedia and QoS

Background Education

2005 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County 1999 M.S., Computer Engineering, Middle-East Technical University, Turkey 1997 B.S., Computer Science, Bilkent University, Turkey

Professional Activities

Dr. Akkaya leads the Advanced Wireless and Security Lab (ADWISE) at FIU. His research areas span various challenges of systems security and privacy specifically pertaining to IoT and CPS domains. His research group design and implement algorithms that can be incorporated in real-life applications. Dr. Akkaya is the Area Editor of Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, Computer Networks and serves on the editorial board of IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials and Sensors Journal. Dr. Akkaya was the Editor-in-chief of Springer Nature Computer Science Journal (2022-23), General Chair of IEEE Local Computer Networks (LCN) in 2018 and IEEE Network Operations and Management (NOMS) Symposium in 2023. He has been a guest editor for various journals and served in the OC/TPC of many leading network/security conferences including IEEE ICC, Globecom, INFOCOM, LCN, MASS, ICDCS, WCNC, ICNP, NOMS and ACM WiSec. Dr. Akkaya is a member of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Communications Society. He is also a member in IEEE Technical Committees on Communication, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Smart Cities and Online Social Networks. He was elected to IEEE Fellow for the class of 2023. He has been serving on IEEE Fellow Committee for 2024.

Selected Publications

  • A. Kurt, E. Erdin, M. Cebe, K. Akkaya and S. Uluagac, “D-LNBot: A Scalable, Cost-Free and Covert Hybrid Botnet on Bitcoin's Lightning Network”, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (to appear).
  • O. Bautista, R. Hernandez, H. Manshaei, S. Homsi and K. Akkaya, “MPC-ABC: Blockchain-based Network Communication for Efficiently Secure Multiparty Computation”, in Springer Journal of Network and Systems Management (to appear).
  • 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, Vol 24. No. 4, pp. 2-28, Nov. 2021.
  • 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.
  • A. Kurt, S. Mercan, O. Shlomovits, E. Erdin and K. Akkaya, “LNGate: Powering IoT with Next Generation Lightning Micro-payments using Threshold Cryptography”, in the Proceedings of ACM Wireless and Mobile Security Conference (ACM WiSec’21), July 2021.