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 SCVI Centre and NEXTCON Lab , 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 Connected Vehicles

Ø  Behavioral biometrics

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. Prior to joining the uOttawa, he was an assistant professor at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. Dr. Kantarci is the founding director of the Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Centre (SCVIC) and Next Generation Communications and Computing Networks Lab (NEXTCON).  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. He has been listed among the top-2% cited scientists in telecommunciations and networking according to the "Science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators" data reported by Stanford University since 2020.

  Top-15: Latest news

Our article titled "Adversarial Machine Learning: A Multi-Layer Review of the State-of-the-Art and Challenges for Wireless and Mobile Systems " in IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials is now available as early access paper. (Click to view Congratulations Jinxin and Johan. Thank you Dr. Michele Nogueira for the fruitful collaboration.)


Our paper titled "All Predict Wisest Decides: A Novel Ensemble Method To Detect Intrusive Traffic In IoT Networks" has received the BEST PAPER AWARD in IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom) 2021 [under Communication QoS, Reliability and Modeling]. Congratulations to the team: Zhiyan Chen, Murat simsek, Petar Djukic.


Our article titled "Machine Learning-Backed Planning of Rapid COVID-19 Tests With Autonomous Vehicles With Zero-Day Considerations" in IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence is now available. (Click to see details)


Drones, bots and self-driving cars: How this new Kanata North innovation centre will help drive the future of autonomous vehicles (Click to see details)


As in last year, 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 is a panelist in uOttawa Innovates Panel “How AI is addressing Security for Smart Critical Infrastructure” on 28 September 2021 (click to see details)


Smart Connected Innovation Centre is featured in Ottawa Business Journal (Click for the media piece)


Our article titled “All Predict Wisest Decides: A Novel Ensemble Method to Detect Intrusive Traffic in IoT Networks” has been accepted to IEEE Networking Letters. Congrats Yuwei! (click to access)


Dr. Kantarci delivering invited talk in IEEE Congress on Intelligent and Service-Oriented Systems Engineering. “Adversarial Machine Learning-Driven Fake Task Anticipation in Mobile Crowdsensing Systems  Kudos to Zhiyan Chen.


Our article titled “Risk-Aware Fine-Grained Access Control in Cyber-Physical Contexts” has been accepted to ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice. Congrats Jason! (Preprint available here)


Our article titled “Transit networks, social contacts and open data meet public transportation plans for post-COVID-19: A Canadian case study” has been accepted to IEEE Engineering Management Review.  Congrats Oliver Benning and Jonathan Calles! (Click for Early Access)


Dr. Kantarci is delivering a keynote in IEEE International Workshop on Decentralized AI and Computing on IoT. Keynote title: AI-Backed Threat Modeling and Defense Strategies in IoT Systems. Date: 14-16July 2021


Dr. Kantarci is delivering a keynote titled in IEEE World Forum on the Itnernet of Things (WF-IoT 2021) Workshop on Wireless Intelligent Secure Trustable Things: bringing IoT and AI together. Keynote Title: Empowering Artificial Intelligence Against Adversarial Patterns in the IoT Sensing Systems


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)




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 IEEE Internet of Things Journal, associate editor for Vehicular Communications, associate editor for IEEE Access, area editor for IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking. In 2019-2020, Dr. Kantarci served as 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, and a symposium chair in ICC’22 Communication Systems QoS and Reliability Modeling Symposium.  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 2021 as Cybersecurity track chair of IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, Security and Privacy Track Chair of IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2), and the general co-chair of IEEE BlackSeaCom 2021, and IEEE CAMAD 2021 conferences. In 2020, he served as the symposium chair for Machine Learning for Communications and Networking symposium. Previously, he had 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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