Burak Kantarci is an Associate Professor and the Founding Director of the Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Centre (SCVIC), and the Founding Director of the Next Generation Communications and Computing Networks (NEXTCON) Research Lab at the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, he was a faculty member at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. Throughout his career, Dr. Kantarci has coauthored over 250 publications in established journals and conferences, and 15 book chapters. He has delivered more than 40 invited talks, keynotes and panel speeches throughout his career. His research has attracted more than $6.5M funding from federal, provincial, not-for-profit agencies and industry.
Dr Kantarci and the research team led by himself have received several awards such as the Best Paper Awards in IEEE Globecom 2021 and Wireless World Research Forum #48. In 2022, he was awarded a Minister's Award of Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities for establishing the first ever academic research facility in Canada’s largest technology park, partnering up with multiple industries and attracting external funding for research. Dr. Kantarci’s research laboratory, Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Centre at the University of Ottawa, was featured by the annual edition of Canada’s Innovation Leaders 2021. Since 2020, he has been consistently listed among World’s top-cited scientists data released by Stanford University.
Dr. Kantarci received the Ph.D degree in Computer Engineering in 2009 from Istanbul Technical University, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Ottawa in 2014. He is well known for his contributions to the quantification of data trustworthiness in mobile crowd-sensing (MCS) systems, and game theoretic incentives to promote user participation in MCS campaigns with high value data; as well as AI-backed access control, authentication and machine learning-backed intrusion detection solutions in networked systems.
He was an ACM Distinguished Speaker in 2019-2021, currently an ACM Senior Member. He served as the Chair of IEEE Communications Systems Integration and Modeling Technical Committee, and has served as the Technical Program Co-Chair/Symposium Co-chair of more than twenty international conferences/symposia/workshops, including IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM)—Communications Systems QoS, Reliability and Modeling (CQRM) symposium. In 2021, he was elected as the Secretary of IEEE Social Networks Technical Committee. He is an Editor of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Vehicular Communications (Elsevier), and an Associate Editor for IEEE Networking Letters, and Journal of Cybersecurity and Privacy.
- ML/DL-Backed Security and Safety of Cyber-Physical Systems and 5G/6G-Enabled Critical Infrastructures
- Artificial Intelligence-backed design and control of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) networks
- Trustworthy Federated Learning in Mobile Networks and Systems
- Opportunities and Challenges for Mobile Crowdsensing Services in 5G/6G
- Social Behaviometrics in Mobile Networks