Burak Kantarci, PhD., P.Eng., SMIEEE

ACM Distinguished Speaker

Associate Professor

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

University of Ottawa


University of Ottawa

School of Electrical Eng. and Computer Science

Colonel By Hall A516

161 Louis Pasteur Private

Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5
Phone: (613) 562-5800 ext 6955



I am looking for enthusiastic PhD students who will work on massive IoT, data analytics, security, privacy and trust. Interested students may contact me to inquire the possibility of pursuing graduate degree in ECE or CS under my supervision however they should first be admitted to the University of Ottawa (here).

Current Research Interests: 

  • Internet of Things
  • Continuous Authentication and behavioral biometrics
  • AI-based Security & Trustworthiness
  • Communication models for big data analytics
  • Crowdsensing and social networks
  • Vehicular Sensing and Vehicular Networks

Published Books



  Top-15: Latest news

Our article titled "Towards Fog-Based Mobile Crowdsensing Systems: State of the Art and Opportunities" has been accepted to IEEE Communications Magazine. Congratulations Dimitri!


Dr. Kantarci's MITACS Accelerate application, AI-Based Automated Methodologies for Supply Chains has been awarded. 3-year collaboration with our industry partner. Total project budget: $270K


Two papers accepted to Globecom 2019. Both on adversarial machine learning. Congratulations Audrey, Kyle, Ertugrul.


Our article titled "article A Survey on Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, and Policy Issues in Cyber-Physical System Deployments in Smart Cities" is now available in Elsevier Sustainable Cities and Society (pdf)


Venkat Dasari and Ertugrul Kara have successfully defended their Master's theses. Congratulations!


Proud moment for NEXTCON lab. Mark Traquair has been awarded Winter 2019 Cognos Prize at uOttawa for his Honours thesis which was a part of our collaboration with Lytica. (Click here)


Our article "A Survey on Mobile Crowdsensing Systems: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities" in IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials is now online. (Click here)


Dr. Kantarci has been granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, effective 1 May 2019.


Dr. Kantarci is the Chair for Big Data Science and Analytics Track in the 5th IEEE Intl. Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing (CBDCom 2019). Click to view details and/or submit paper


Two papers accepted to ICC 2019. One on reinforcement learning-based intrusion detection on big sensed data; the other on ML-driven microgrid data aggregation over HetNets. Congratulations Safa and Ahmed!.


Dr. Kantarci has been appointed as a Distinguished Speaker of the ACM. Kantarci’s term as a distinguished speaker is for three years.  Dr. Kantarci can be invited as an ACM speaker to deliver the available lectures by using the forms here.


Our paper titled “Big data aggregation in the case of heterogeneity: A feasibility study for Digital Health” has been accepted by Springer Journal of Machine Learning and Cybernetics. Congratulations Alex.


Dr. Kantarci is the Chair of IEEE Communication Systems Integration and Modeling (CSIM) Technical Committee. Thanks to past chair Christos Verikoukis for his several years of service to CSIM, and welcome new officers Nizar zorba (vice-chair) and Angelos Antonopoulos (secretary).


Dr. Kantarci’s Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP I) Program Project proposal on continuous authentication has been approved by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).


Our paper on sensing, communications and security planes of smart cities has been published in Elsevier Computer Networks. (Click for pdf)















Short bio

Dr. Burak Kantarci is an associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. He also holds a courtesy faculty appointment in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, he was an assistant professor at Clarkson University where he has been the founding director of the Next Generation Communications and Computing Networks (NEXTCON) Laboratory. In 2009-2014, he also worked as a research fellow at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Ottawa.

He has co-authored over 170 refereed papers in established journals and conferences. He has contributed to eleven book chapters that are edited by respected publishers. He has co-edited a book on cloud computing which has been released in 2013. He has delivered invited talks in several venues including IEEE-affiliated conferences.

He received the B.Sc, M.Sc, and Ph.D degrees from Istanbul Technical University in Computer Engineering in 2002, 2005 and 2009, respectively. His PhD thesis was co-supervised by Dr. Hussein Mouftah of the University of Ottawa and Dr. Sema Oktug of Istanbul Technical University.

He has been the PI/co-PI of several federally/provincially-funded research projects supported by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

Dr. Kantarci is a Distinguished Speaker of the ACM (2019-2021), member of the ACM and a Senior Member of the IEEE, an editor for the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, an associate editor for IEEE Networking Letters, an associate editor for IEEE Access, an area editor for IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking. Dr. Kantarci is the Chair of IEEE Communication Systems Integration and Modeling Technical Committee of IEEE Communications Society  He has been serving as a TPC member of GLOBECOM (since 2011) and ICC (since 13) in various tracks. He is also co-chairing the Workshop on Management of Cloud and Smart City Systems (MoCS) since 2012, and is a Symposium co-chair in IEEE GLOBECOM'18-Symp on Communication Systems QoS and Reliability Modeling.  He served as a TPC co-chair and a general co-chair of the IEEE International Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD) in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Since December 2012, Dr. Kantarci is an area editor of the IEEE ComSoc Ad Hoc Sensor Networks Technical Committee (AHSN-TC) Newsletter.

Dr. Kantarci is a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Computer Science and Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Kantarci is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) registered in the province of Ontario.









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