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

Full Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer
IEEE Systems Council Distinguished Lecturer


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 SCVIC 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: 

  Internet of Things / Internet of Vehicles

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

  Machine Learning-driven Continuous Authentication

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

  Behavioral biometrics

  Crowdsensing and vehicular social networks

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Short bio

Dr. Burak Kantarci is a Full 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 250+ 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

Dr. Kantarci has been awarded -as the lead PI, NSERC CREATE grant to lead the project Training and Research in Autonomous Vehicles for Reliable Services in the Air and on Land (TRAVERSAL). Click to view the news release.


Our article entitled "Secure Industrial IoT Systems via RF Fingerprinting Under Impaired Channels With Interference and Noise" is now available in IEEExplore. Congratulations to the team! Click to view the article.


Our article entitled "A Continuous Actor-Critic Deep Q-Learning-Enabled Deployment of UAV Base Stations: Toward 6G Small Cells in the Skies of Smart Cities" is now available in IEEE O. Journal of the Communications Society. Congratulations Nahid! Click to view.


Our article entitled "Distributed denial of service attack prediction: Challenges, open issues and opportunities" is now available in Elsevier Computer Networks. Thank you Prof. Michele Nogueira for this fruitful collaboration,and congrats Anderson de Neira! Click to view.


Dr. Kantarci is leading two DND IDEaS projects to achieve stronger and more secure 5G-enabled infrastructures in collaboration with leading indsutry partners. $3M IDEaS DND funding advances 5G security research. Click to view the news release.


We received the Best Paper Award in Wireless World Research Forum Meeting #48 with our work entitled "On the Impact of CDL and TDL Augmentation for RF Fingerprinting under Impaired Channels". Congratulations to all co-authors: O. M. Gul, M. Kulhandjian . B Kantarci, C. D'Amours, A. Touazi, C. Ellement. Click to view the full story.


Our article (and a new public data set to use in cybersecurity research!) has been accepted to IEEE Networking Letters. J. Liu, Y. Shen, M. Simsek, B. Kantarci, H. Mouftah, M. Bagheri, P. Djukic, A New Realistic Benchmark for Advanced Persistent Threats in Network Traffic, IEEE Networking Letters, 2022 Click to view the article. Dataset can also be accessed here. Dataset is available for research use as long as the article is attributed properly.


Dr. Kantarci has been appointed as IEEE Systems Council Distinguished Lecturer for 2022-2024


Our article "A Tutorial on AI-Powered 3D Deployment of Drone Base Stations: State of the Art" has been accepted to Elsevier Vehicular Communications (Available here.) Congrats Nahid, and thanks to all co-authors.


Our article "Machine Learning-Enabled IoT Security: Open Issues and Challenges Under Advanced Persistent Threats" has been accepted to ACM Computing Surveys (Available here.) Congrats Zhiyan, Jinxin, Yu and thanks to all co-authors.


Our article Smart Connected Innovation Centre has been featured in Canada's Innovation Leaders (Link.)


Dr. Kantarci is listed among top Computer Scientists in Canada (Click to view at Research.com.)


Dr. Kantarci received a Minister's Award of Excellence in the category of Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities. (Click to view.)


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)




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 Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (2023-2024) and IEEE Systems Council (2022-2024), Distinguished Speaker of the ACM (2019-2021), Senior Member of the ACM and a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society (∑Ξ), an editor for 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 also served as 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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