Attila Altay Yavuz 


Professional Experiences
Current Funding
Professional Services
  Previous  Research and Mentoring
  Professional  Membership
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Teaching Statement



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 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 vehicular networks and smart-grid/power-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).


I am currently teaching the following courses:
  • 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)


  • 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 and Prof. Dr. Michael Reiter (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

  • 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,
    • Advisor: Prof. Dr. Fatih Alagoz and Prof. Dr. Emin Anarim.
  • Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
    •  B.S., Computer Science and Engineering,  2004,
    • Thesis: Implementation of a Large Number Arithmetic and RSA Digital Signature Library

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
    • 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


Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Research Collaborator, Robert Bosch Research and Technology Center North America

Current Funding 

Efficient Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) for Big Data Technologies:
Role / Source: PI, unsolicitated gift  (2014-2016), Robert Bosch Research and Technology Center 

Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC): 
Role /  Source: Co-PI  (2015-2020), Department of  Energy (DoE)


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

    Journal Papers (SCI/SCI-E)
  • Mohamed Grissa, Attila A. Yavuz, Bechir Hamdaoui, "Preserving the Location Privacy of Secondary Users in Cooperative Spectrum Sensing",  IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, October 2016.
   International Conference Papers  
  • Mohamed Grissa, Attila A. Yavuz and Bechir Hamdaoui, “When the Hammer Meets the Nail: Multi-Server PIR for Database-Driven CRN with Location Privacy Assurance”, 5th IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS), to appear, 2017.
        Edited Books
    • 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


    • Robert Bosch, Research and Technology Center: Desing, analysis and deployment of practical Searchable Encryption (SE) methods.
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: New user friendly authentication methods (with Prof. Dr. Michael K. Reiter).
    • University of Pittsburgh: Security in smart-grid systems (with Prof. Dr. David Tipper) and applied cryptography (with Prof. Dr. James Joshi).

    Professional Services

        Reviewer in Journals:
    • IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (2016).
    • IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2014-2016).
    • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (2014-2016).
    • International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks (2016).
    • IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (2014-2015).
    • IEEE Transactions on Internet of Things (2015).
    • IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (2014-2015).
    • IEEE Transactions on Education (2015).
    • IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (2014-2015).
    • 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
    • ACM International Workshop on Trustworthy Embedded Devices (TrustED), Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, November 2014.
    • Advanced Intrusion Detection and Prevention Workshop (AIDP 2014), June, Marrakech, 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.
          Committees Served:
    • Graduate Curriculum Committee (2014-present).
    • Contributory to Internet of Things (IoT) Effort (2014-2015).
    • PhD Preliminary Exams (3)
    • PhD Defenses (1, University of Pittsburg)
    • MS Defenses (2)
    • NC State Application Review Committee (2010)

    Previous Research and Mentoring

    • PhD Thesis: Compromise Resilient, Compact, and Efficient Cryptographic Constructions for Digital Forensics
     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
    • 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.
    I have guided PhD and MS students on various research projects:
    • Mr. Anvesh Ragi is a MS student at the University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Computer Science. We work on "Efficient Symmetric Searchable Encryption Schemes".
    • Mr. Shalabh Jain is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland College Park, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. We work on "Efficient Digital Signatures for Real-time Multicast Systems".
    • Ms. Alana Libonati is a PhD candidate at the University of Chapel Hill at North Carolina, Department of Computer Science. We work on "User Friendly Authentication Methods".
    • Mr. Yi Ding is a PhD student at the Georgia Technical University, the School of Computer Science. We work on "Efficient and Secure Face Recognition via Multi-Party Computation".
    • Mr. Velin Kounev is a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences. We work on "Secure Communication Methods for Microgid Systems".

    Professional Memberships

    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (eight 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: Traveling, philosophy, music, reading and computer games.

    Last Updated: April 18, 2016 .