Kemal Akkaya

Kemal Akkaya


Dr. Kemal Akkaya is a full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint courtesy appointment 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 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 and Sensor Journals. 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, WCNC, ICNP and ACM WiSec. He has published over 230 papers in peer-reviewed journal and conferences with more than 15,000 citations and google h-index of 49. He was listed among the top 2% scientists in the world according to a Stanford University study in 2019. Dr. Akkaya received FIU Faculty Senate Excellence in Research Award and FIU College of Engineering and Computing Research Award both in 2020. He has also received “Top Cited” article award from Elsevier in 2010. He also holds 6 patents. More information about his research and lab can be obtained at and

Research and Educational Interests
  • Smart Grid Communication Security
  • Privacy in Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Topology Control in Ad Hoc Networks
  • Efficient Protocol Design for Internet-of-Things
  • Energy-Efficient Multimedia Data Processing
Background Education

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

Professional Activities

Dr. Akkaya leads the Advanced Wireless and Security Lab (ADWISE) at FIU. His research areas span various challenges of mobile and wireless networks, Internet-of-things and cyber-physical systems such as security, privacy, quality of service, topology control and mobility management. 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 and serves on the editorial board of IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials. He has been a guest editor for various journals and serves in the organizing committees of leading IEEE communication conferences such as IEEE LCN, ICC, Globecom, WCNC and SmartGridComm. He has published over 100 papers that are cited more than 6000 times so far. Dr. Akkaya is a member of IEEE and IEEE Computer Society. He is also a member in IEEE Technical Committees on Communication, Cybersecurity, Smart Cities and Online Social Networks.

Selected Publications
  • Saputro and K. Akkaya, “PARP-S: A Piggybacking-based ARP for IEEE 802.11s-based Smart Grid AMI Networks”, Elsevier Computer Communications (to appear).
  • Akkaya, K. Rabieh, M. Mahmoud and S. Tonyali, “Customized Certificate Revocation Lists for IEEE 802.11s-based Smart Grid AMI Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (to appear).
  • Senturk, K. Akkaya and S. Yilmaz, “Relay Placement for Restoring Connectivity in Partitioned Wireless Sensor Networks under Limited Information”, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, Volume 13, Part B, pp. 487- 503, 2014.
  • Yildiz, K. Akkaya, E. Sisikoglu and M. Sir, “Optimal Camera Placement for Providing Angular Coverage in Wireless Video Sensor Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Computers, Vol. 63, No. 7, pp. 1812-1825, 2014.
  • Saputro and K. Akkaya, “On Preserving User Privacy in Smart Grid Advanced Metering Infrastructure Applications”, Wiley Security and Communications Networks, Vol.7 No. 1, pp. 206-220, 2014.
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