Burak Kantarci, PhD., P.Eng., SMIEEE, SM-ACM

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



In NEXTCON-SCVI Labs, my team and I are committed to creating an environment that is clearly supportive, diverse, gender-balanced, collegial and open to the researchers with strongest technical skills regardless of their background. We've recently taken the initiative to form uOttawa-ACM Women in Computing Student Chapter (one of the only two in Canada) (social media link)  

I am looking for enthusiastic PhD students who will work on Applied Artificial Intelligence methodologies for IoT, connected vehicles, 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: 

Ø  Internet of Things / Internet of Vehicles

Ø  AI-driven Security for Cyberphysical Systems, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Ø  Machine Learning-driven Continuous Authentication

Ø  AI-backed event detection, actuation and planning for Vehicular Sensing and Connected Vehicles

Ø  Behavioral biometrics

Ø  Communication models for big data analytics

Ø  Crowdsensing and vehicular social networks

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 uOttawa, he was an assistant professor at Clarkson University. Dr. Kantarci is the founding director of the Next Generation Communications and Computing Networks and Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation  (NEXTCON-SCVI) Labs.  In 2009-2014, he had also worked as a research fellow at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Kantarci is a co-author of 200+ peer-reviewed publications in established journals and conference proceedings sponsored by established publishers such as IEEE, ACM, Elsevier, and Springer.

  Top-15: Latest news

34th IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering now has a "Cybersecurity in Systems" track co-chaired by Dr. Kantarci. (Submit by May 21st.)


Dr. Kantarci is speaking at IoT North's ThinkFest 3.0 on Smart, Connected and Secure Communities via AI-Backed IoT Services (Click for the program.)


Dr. Kantarci is Security and Privacy Track Co-Chair of IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2021). (Visit web site for important dates)


Dr. Kantarci is delivering an ACM Distinguished Speaker talk on the trustworthiness of crowdsensed data in the ACM Washington DC Meetup event. (Link to Announcement and Registration)


Our paper has been accepted to Elsevier Journal of System Architecture. Congratulations Zhiyan Chen, and thanks to Claudio Fiandrino for collaborating on this work. "On blockchain integration into mobile crowdsensing via smart embedded devices" (Link to Article)


Dr. Kantarci was a panelist in CAV Canada2020 Panel: “How CAVs will impact society?” (Video Link)


Our  Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Lab. project and its vision covered in Ottawa Business Journal (Link to news)


Dr. Kantarci is listed in the top 2%  most cited researchers in the field of networking and telecommunications. Researchers at Stanford University used the Scopus database and calculated different metrics and a composite metric to compare scientists in the same research. (Source here)


Dr. Kantarci has been awarded the Association of Computing (ACM) Senior Member recognition. (List of North American awardees in 2020)


Our article titled ‘Locally reconfigurable Self Organizing Feature Map for high impact malicious tasks submission in Mobile Crowdsensing’ has been accepted to Elsevier Internet of Things Journal. Congrats Xuankai! (Click for the paper)


Our article titled ‘Towards ensuring the reliability and dependability of vehicular crowd-sensing data in GPS-less location tracking’ has been accepted to Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal. (Click Here)


Our article titled: ‘Attention-Based Event Characterization for Scarce Vehicular Sensing Data’ has been accepted to IEEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology. Congrats Nima. (Click for the paper)


Dr. Kantarci has received the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund for Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Lab (Link)


Our article titled "Empowering Self-Organized Feature Maps for AI-Enabled Modelling of Fake Task Submissions to Mobile Crowdsensing Platforms" has been accepted to IEEE Internet of Things Journal (Link)


Our article titled "Ensemble Methods for the Detection of Fake Tasks in Mobile Crowdsensing under Limited Training Data" has been accepted to IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine (Link)

9 July2020

Dr. Kantarci has been awarded the NSERC Alliance Grant to battle the COVID-19 Crisis with research “Artificial Intelligence-Based Decision Support System for COVID-19 Mobile Assessments and Optimal Supply Services During the Pandemic” (Link)

3 June2020

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), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (Mitacs).

Dr. Kantarci is a Distinguished Speaker of the ACM (2019-2021), Senior Member of the ACM and a Senior Member of the IEEE, an editor for the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, associate editor for IEEE Networking Letters, associate editor for Vehicular Communications, associate editor for IEEE Access, 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 the chair of two different tracks of IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) in 2016 and 2019. He has also served as a symposium co-chair of IEEE International Conference on Communications and Networking in multiple symposia, most recently in 2020 for Machine Learning for Communications and Networking symposium. 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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