Attila Altay Yavuz 


Professional Experiences
Current Funding
Professional Services
  Previous  Research and Mentoring
  Professional  Membership
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Attila Altay Yavuz

Attila Altay Yavuz, PhD

Assistant  Professor
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
Oregon State University
Kelley Engineering Center 3065
Corvallis, OR 97331 
Tel:  +1-541-737-3341
Fax: +1-541-737-1300

E-mail:  Attila.Yavuz(AT)

I am an assistant professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University.  I am broadly 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, oblivious random access memory), light-weight cryptography, authentication and integrity mechanisms for internet of things and systems, security in cloud computing,  efficient cryptographic protocols for critical cyber-infrastructures, specifically for  aerial drones and smart-grid systems.

Looking for Talented and Hardworking PhD Students

I am looking for a motivated PhD student interested in applied cryptography and network security research. Please send your resume, transcripts and/or published research materials (very important) to me or drop by my office if you are already enrolled.

Please see my current research activities described below for prospective research directions and read my publications for the details (important to identify whether our interests match).


  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina USA
    •  PhD, Computer Science,  January 2007-August 2011,
    • Thesis: Efficient, Compromise Resilient and Compact Cryptographic Constructions for Digital Forensics,
    • Advisor: Prof. Dr. Peng Ning 

  • Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey 
    • M.S., Computer Science,  September 2004-June 2006,
    • Thesis: Novel Methods for Security Protocols and Key Management Techniques in MANETs based on Signcryption and Hybrid Cryptography,
  • Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
    •  B.S., Computer Science and Engineering,  2004,

Professional Experiences

  • Research Scientist, Robert Bosch Research and Technology Center (December 2011- July 2014)
  • Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science, NC State University (2007-2011).
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science, NC State University (2007-2011).
  • Research Engineer, Satellite Networks Research Laboratory (SATLAB), Bogazici University, Turkey, (2005-2006)
  • Summer Intern, Department of Computer Science, NC State University, USA, 2003
  • Summer Intern, Vestelnet Software Engineering, Turkey, 2002

Current Funding 

• CAREER: Lightweight and Fast Authentication for Internet of Things
Attila A. Yavuz (Sole PI)
National Science Foundation Award No. CNS 1652389
03/2017 - 02/2022, Total: $500,000

• Towards Practical Privacy Enhancing Technologies
Attila A. Yavuz (Sole PI)
Unrestricted Gift, Robert Bosch
09/2014 - present, Total: $175,000

• Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC)
Attila A. Yavuz (Co-PI),  Rakesh Bobba, Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez and Jinsub Kim
Department of Energy (DOE)
09/2015 - 09/2020, Total: $1,530,040, my share: $248,500

• EECS RIU Initative
Attila A. Yavuz (PI), with Jesse Walker, OSU
04/2017 - 12/2017, Total: $14,400


I currently advise the following excellent students:
  • PhD Students
    • Thang Hoang (Fall 2015 - present)
    • Rouzbeh Behnia (Fall 2016 - present)
    • Muslum Ozgur Ozmen (Fall 2016 - present)
    • Mohamed Grissa (Fall 2014 - present), co-advised with Dr. Bechir Hamdaoui
  • MS Students
    •  Nathan Forbush Burnett (Fall 2017 - present)
  • Undergraduate
    • Matt Baker 
    • Garrett Christophe Haley
    • Andrew Ekstedt
    • Scott Merrill
    • Scott Russell
I have graduated the following students
  • Graduated
    •  Gungor Basa, “Image Based Cryptography”, (Graduated, Spring 2016)
    • Gabriel Hackebeil, “Efficient Oblivious Access to Trees”, (Graduated, Fall 2016)
  • Mentored: I found opportunity to mentor  the following students on my past projects:
    Shalabh Jain, Velin Kounev, Alana Libonati, Shauna Michelle Policicchio and Anvesh Ragi.


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

    Journal Papers (SCI/SCI-E)
   International Conference Papers  
    Edited Books
  •  Muslum Ozgur Ozmen, Hoang Thang, and Attila A. Yavuz “Forward-Private Dynamic Searchable Symmetric Encryption with Efficient Search”, OSU-17-55, Provisional Application No: 62/572,339, Submitted: October 10, 2017.
  •  Mohamed Grissa, Attila A. Yavuz, Bechir Hamdaoui, “An Efficient Technique for Protecting Location Privacy of Cooperative Spectrum Sensing Users”, OSU-16-14, DRAFT/072/16, Submitted: March 22, 2016.
  • Anand A. Mudgerikar, Ankush Singla, Ioannis Papapanagiotou and Attila A. Yavuz. “Hardware Accelerated Priority based Message Authentication for Vehicular Networks”, USPTO: 62/201096 , Submitted: August 3, 2015.
  • Attila A. Yavuz, Jorge Guajardo and Anvesh Ragi, “System and method for dynamic, non- interactive, and parallelizable searchable symmetric encryption”, Patent WO2015055762 A1, Priority Date: October 18, 2013, Filing Date: October 16, 2014, Issued: April 23, 2015.
  •  Jorge M. Guajardo, Attila A. Yavuz, Benjamin Glas, Markus Ihle, Hamit Hacioglu, and Karsten Wehefrit, ”System and method for counter mode encrypted communication with reduced bandwidth”, Patent US 20140270163 A1, Filed: March 14, 2013, Issued: September 18, 2014.
  • Attila A. Yavuz. “System and Method for Secure Review of Audit Logs”, USPTO: 62/006476, Filed: June 2, 2014.
  • Attila A. Yavuz, Jorge M. Guajardo, and Shalabh Jain, ”System and method for mitigation of denial of service attacks in networked computing systems”, Patent WO2014144555 A1, Filed: March 15, 2013, Issued: September 18, 2014.
  •  Attila A. Yavuz, ”System and method for message verification in broadcast and multicast networks”, Patent US8667288 B2, Filed: May 29, 2012, Issued: March 4, 2014.
    Work in Progress


I have been  teaching the following courses at OSU:
  • CS/ECE 578: Cyber-security  (Fall 2017)
  • CS 372/ECE 372: Introduction to Computer Networks (Spring 2017)
  • CS 519/ECE 559: Applied Cryptography (Winter 2017)
  • CS 519/ECE 559: Advanced Network Security (Fall 2016)
  • CS 478/ECE 478: Introduction to Network Security (Spring 2016)
  • CS 419/ECE 559: Applied Cryptography (Winter 2016)
  • CS 505 Cybersecurity Reading Seminar (Fall 2015)
  • CS 519/ECE 559: Advanced Network Security (Fall 2015)
  • CS 419/ECE 478: Introduction to Network Security (Spring 2015)
  • CS 519/ECE 599: Applied Cryptography (Winter 2015)
  • CS 519/ECE 599: Advanced Network Security (Fall 2014)

Professional Services

    Reviewer in Journals:
  •  ACM Transactions on Security and Privacy (2017).
  • IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (2014-2017).
  • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (2014-2017).
  • IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (2017).
  • IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (2014-2016).
  • IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2014-2016).
  • International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks (2016).
  • Future Generation of Computer Systems, Elsevier (2016)
  • IEEE Transactions on Internet of Things (2015).
  • IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (2014-2015).
  •  IEEE Transactions on Education (2015).
  •  International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems (2015).
  • Journal of Sensors, Open Access Journal by MPDI (2015).
  • Journal of Algorithms, Open Access Journal by MPDI (2013).
  • Journal of Computer Security (2013-2014).
  • International Journal of Communication Systems by Wiley (2013-2014).
  • International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks by Hindawi (2013-2014).
  • International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks (IJDSN), Hindawi (2013).
  • Journal of Algorithms, Open Access Journal by MPDI (2013).
  • IEEE Transactions on Computers (2012-2014).
  • Journal of Energies, Open Access Journal by MPDI (2012).
  • Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience (2011).
  • Journal of System and Software (2007-2011).
  • IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine (2007).
     Program Commitee (PC) Member
  •  Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), 2017.
  • ACM International Workshop on Trustworthy Embedded Devices (TrustED), 2014-2016.
  • Advanced Intrusion Detection and Prevention Workshop (AIDP 2014), June,  Morocco, 2014.
  • 3rd International Workshop on Collaborative Cloud (CollabCloud), Miami, Florida, USA, October 2014.
  • The Third ASE International Conference on Cyber Security, Stanford, CA, USA, May 2014.
      Reviews in Committees and Conference:
  • 13th International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS), NewYork, USA, 2015.
  • 18th Euromicro Conference on Digital Systems Design (DSD), Madeira, Portugal, 2015.
  • 17th International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security (FC 2013), April 1-5, 2013, Okinawa, Japan.
  • 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.
  • 9th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS) (2012).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Last Updated: November, 2017 .