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Attila Altay Yavuz 



Professional Experiences
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Peng Ning

Attila Altay Yavuz, PhD

Robert Bosch LLC,  North America
Research And Technology Center (RTC3)

Office: 2835 East Carson St., Suite 210        Pittsburgh, PA 15203.
URL:  http://www4.ncsu.edu/~aayavuz/
E-mail:  attila.yavuz(AT)gmail.com

Current Position

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I am an assistant professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University
by 08/01/2014. 

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I am interested in design, analysis and application of cryptographic tools and protocols to enhance the security of computer networks and systems. My current research focuses on the following topics: Privacy enhancing technologies (e.g., dynamic symmetric and public key based searchable encryption), security in cloud computing, authentication and integrity mechanisms for resource-constrained devices and large-distributed systems, efficient cryptographic protocols for wireless sensor networks.


  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina USA
  • Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey 
    • M.S., Computer Science,  September 2004-June 2006
  • Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
    •  B.S., Computer Science and Engineering,  2004

Professional Experiences

  • Assistant Professor, The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University, (August 2014 - present)
  • Research Scientist, Robert Bosch Research and Technology Center (December 2011-July 2014)
  • Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science, NC State University (2007 and 2011).
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science, NC State University
    • CSC 226 Discrete Mathematics with Dr. Robert Rodman (Spring 2007).
    • CSC 574 Network Security with Dr. Ting Yu and Dr. Peng Ning, (Fall 2008, Fall 2009, and Spring 2011, respectively).
    • CSC 501 Operating Systems with Dr. Douglas Pase (Fall 2008).
    • CSC 774 Advanced Network Security with Dr. Peng Ning (Spring 2008 and Spring 2009).
    • CSC 579 Computer Performance Modelling with Dr. Billy Stewart (Spring 2011).
  • Research Engineer, Satellite Networks Research Laboratory (SATLAB), Bogazici University, Turkey, (2005-2006)
    • Cryptographic protocol design for satellite networks and Military MANETS
  • Summer Intern, Department of Computer Science, NC State University, USA, 2003
    • A Simulation Project in C++ and Research on Simulation Techniques
    • Ipv6 Implementations on Linux Based Networks
  • Summer Intern, Vestelnet Software Engineering, Turkey, 2002
    • Cryptographic applications in C Languages and Vcare software system

Current Research Activities and Collaborations

Attila A. Yavuz is interested in design, analysis and application of security tools and protocols to enhance the security of computer systems.

Current Research Activities:
  • Real-time Authentication for Time-Critical Distributed Systems: Immediate verification of control messages is a vital need for various real-life applications such as cyber physical systems (e.g., smart-grid) and inter-car networks. Existing security mechanisms are either highly inefficient or unscalable to address these applications. I develop new cryptographic mechanisms that achieve fast and scalable authentication for distributed real-time systems.
  • Unbalanced Cryptography for Heterogeneous Networks: Distributed systems such as internet of things and systems are comprised of heterogeneous devices with different capabilities. However, existing security mechanisms (e.g., key exchange) generally disregard this asymmetry. I develop security mechanisms that distribute the cryptographic overhead according to the resource capabilities of devices by preserving the security.
  • Bandwidth Efficient Security Methods for Embedded Networks: Embedded networks (e.g., CAN) require authentication mechanisms to prevent message manipulations (e.g., attacks on intra-car networks). I develop novel (communication efficient) Message Authentication Codes (MAC)s and symmetric encryption modes for intra-car networks to counter such attacks.
  • Privacy Enhancing Technologies for Big Data Services: Data/computation outsourcing is a prominent trend, which brings high privacy risks along with its merits. Increasing data breaches and legislation requirements enforce companies to keep outsourced data encrypted. This makes valuable services around outsourced data (e.g., analytics) impractical. I propose a research agenda to address privacy versus data usability dilemma by tailoring various privacy enhancing technologies (e.g., functional/searchable encryption) to the real-life applications. Moreover, I develop authentication and integrity control mechanisms for outsourced database systems.
Research Collaborations with Academia:
  • University of California Irvine (UCI) (with Prof. Dr. Gene Tsudik): Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) and authentication/attestation techniques, jointly with Dr. Jorge M. Guajardo.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (with Prof. Dr. Michael K. Reiter): New user friendly authentication methods, jointly with Dr. Jorge M. Guajardo.
  • University of Pittsburgh: I hold an adjunct faculty position. I plan to give seminars on privacy enhancing technologies and co-advise master/PhD students.


 Copyright Note: The articles are copyrighted by the respective publishers and may be downloaded only for personal use.

    Journal Papers (SCI/SCI-E)
  • Attila A. Yavuz, “Emergent Response (ER): An Efficient and Scalable Real-time Broadcast Authentication Scheme for Command and Control Messages”, under revision, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS).
  • Attila A. Yavuz, Emin Anarim and Fatih  Alagoz, "Improved  Merkle  Cryptosystem (IMC),"  Vol.  4263, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), page 924-934, Springer-Verlag, November 2006.
   International Conference Papers
  • Attila A. Yavuz, Fatih Alagoz and Emin Anarim, "Three-Tier Satellite Security Multicast Security Protocol  Based on  ECMQV  and  IMC  Methods",  Computer-Aided  Modeling,  Analysis  and Design of Communication Links and Networks, (IEEE CAMAD'06), Italy, April 2006.
  • Attila  A.  Yavuz,  Fatih  Alagoz,  Emin  Anarim,  "A  New  Multicast  Security  Protocol",  GAP, International V. Engineering Congress, 2006.
  • Goksel Biricik, Attila A. Yavuz, Omur Kartal, Oya Kalipsiz,  "Developing Information System with  N-Tier   Architecture:  Hospital  Management   Information  System",  Biltek  International Informatik Congress, 2005.
    Edited Books
  • Attila A. Yavuz, “System and Method for Message Verification in Broadcast and Multicast Networks”, May 2012.
  • Attila A. Yavuz, “System and Method for Counter Mode Encrypted Communication with Reduced Bandwidth”, October 2012 (with Jorge M. Guajardo, Glas Benjamin, Ihle Markus, Hamit Hacioglu, Wehefritz Karsten).
  • Attila. A. Yavuz, “A Method and System to Mitigate Denial-of-Service Attacks”, September 2012 (with Jorge M. Guajardo and Shalabh Jain).
    Work in Progress
  • Attila A. Yavuz, Jorge M. Guajardo and Aroop Ganguly, “Practical Public key Encryption with Keyword Search (PEKS) via Trapdoor Permutations by using Trusted Hardware”, to be submitted to ACM Transactions on Information and Systems Security (TISSEC).
  • Attila A. Yavuz, Jorge M. Guajardo and Shalabh Jain, “Highly Efficient Digital Signatures via Condensed-RSA with Random Masks”, to be submitted Financial Cryptography.
  • Attila A. Yavuz, Peng Ning and Michael Reiter, “I-LogFAS: Improved Cryptographic Constructions for Compromise Resiliency and Compactness”, to be submitted to IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS).

Thesis and Past Projects

  • PhD Thesis: Compromise Resilient, Compact, and Efficient Cryptographic Constructions for Digital Forensics
    • Advisor: Dr. Peng Ning, North Caroline State University (2007-2011)
 Providing security of audit logs in resource-constraint systems is a challenging task, especially in the presence of active adversaries. To fulfill this need, we develop a series of forward-secure and aggregate cryptographic constructions, which achieve high computational efficiency, compactness, and public verifiability at the same time. Our schemes are shown to be significantly more efficient, scalable and secure than all of their counterparts for secure audit logging in resource-constraint environments as well as large-distributed systems.

  • MS Thesis:  Novel Methods for Security Protocols and Key Management Techniques in Wireless Networks Based on Signcryption and Hybrid Cryptography
Military Ad-Hoc NETworks (MANETs) are expected to play a central role in Future Combat Systems (FCSs). In this thesis, we develop a set of novel satellite supported multi-tiered military MANET security protocols. Proposing new key management and hybrid cryptography techniques, our protocols are demonstrated to be more efficient and scalable than their counterparts, and therefore are ideal choice to provide security in FCSs.

  • BS Thesis:
    • Design and Implementation of a Large Number Arithmetic Library and RSA Digital Signature Software Packet, Yildiz Technical University. (January-June 2003)
    • A Multi-tiered Hospital Information System (Developed for Istinye Government Hospital), Yildiz Technical University, (January-June 2004)
  • Previous Projects
    • Design, Analysis and Implementation of Simulation Systems (Machine Interference Problem), North Carolina State University (June-September 2003), with Dr. Harry Perros.
    • Comparative Study on Face Recognition Algorithms under Partially Occlusion Problems, Bogazici University (August-December 2004), with Dr. Lale Akarun.
    • A New Algorithm to Detect Communities in a Complex System and its application to Macaque/Cat Brain Connectivity, Bogazici University (July 2005-June 2006) with Dr. Haluk Bingol.
    • Design and Analysis of Stream Ciphers based on LFSR and T-functions, Bogazici University (January 2005-June 2005), with Dr. Emin Anarim.

Professional Services

    Reviews in Committees and Conference/Journals:
  • 17th International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security (FC 2013), April 1-5, 2013, Okinawa, Japan.
  • International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks (IJDSN), Hindawi, (2013).
  • Journal of Algorithms, Open Access Journal by MPDI (2013).
  • 5th International Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security (CSS 2013). Zhangjiajie, China, 2013.
  •  Invited talk at 6th BEO-AK 251 Workshop, Robert Bosch Research, “Challenges of security and privacy in Internet of Things”, December 2012.
  •  IEEE Transactions on Computers (2012).
  •  Journal of Energies, Open Access Journal by MPDI (2012).
  • 9th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS) (2012).
  • Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, February 2011.
  • NC State Application Review Committee (2010).
  • 5th ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACSS '10), April 2010, Beijing, China.
  • 2th ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security (WiSec '09), March 2009, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 7th International Conference on Information, Communications and Signal Processing (ICICS '09), Macau, 2009.
  • Journal of System and Software,  2007 and 2011.
  • IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, April 2007.
  • 21th  International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (ISCIS '07), Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 2006.
  • 7th  International Symposium on Computer Networks (ISCN '06), Istanbul, Turkey, June 2006.

Professional Membersips

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (seven years)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (two years)
  • International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR)


  •  Birth Date/Place: 06/21/1982, Ankara, Turkey 
  •  Martial Status: Single
  •  Hobbies: Philosophy, music, reading and chess

Last Updated: May 13, 2013 .