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Recruitment

I am recruiting well-motivated graduate students with IS/CS/IT/Engineering background in the SIS PhD program, SIS Master program (project option), and SoCS Master's program (thesis option). The candidates should have strong interests in the research areas of data mining, deep learning (e.g., TensorFlow and Theano), information security, large-scale computation (e.g., MapReduce, NoSQL, Hadoop, etc.), privacy protection, or software engineering (e.g., assembly code analysis). If you are a McGill student or an NSERC/FRQNT scholarship recipient, then drop me an e-mail and we can meet in person or have a chat online; otherwise, please read the following procedure.

Step #1: The following lists the basic requirements for joining my research team. They do not reflect the admission requirements of the School, the University, or other research teams in the School.

  • self-motivated,

  • good writing skills,

  • proficient in object-oriented programming and design, and familiar with C++, C#, Java, Python, and/or R,

  • GPA >= 3.1/4.0 in both graduate (if applicable) and undergraduate study (Please note that McGill has its own way of calculating GPA.)

  • [for international studetns] GRE >= 700/800 on old scale or >= 155 on new scale in quantitative reasoning, and >= 3.5 in the written section,

  • [for international students] TOEFL >= 600 (paper-based), >= 230 (computer-based), >= 100 (internet-based; all components >= 22), or IELTS >= 6.5,

  • be able to study as a full-time graduate student.

Step #2: Send me an e-mail that includes the following information.

  • Why do you want to study PhD? What is your career goal after getting a PhD degree?

  • Description of your research interests in one or two paragraphs.

  • Evidence of proficient programming ability. Optionally, you can show me some sample systems that were primarily developed by you.

  • Transcripts of all previous degrees.

  • Résumé that describes your academic/work history, publication record, research contributions, past and current GPAs, and received awards (if any).

  • Sample publication(s) that was primarily written by you in English. Summarize the research contributions of the paper. Please indicate the impact factor if the article was published in a journal, or the acceptance rate if the paper was published in a conference proceeding.

  • GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international students).

Short-listed candidates will receive my reply within five calendar days. We can then arrange a meeting online or in person. The meeting is not a test. The purpose of the meeting is to let you better understand my research programs, and let me better understand your academic background. Then you can submit your application to McGill uApply before the deadline. The admission process is selective. If you meet the University's and the School's preliminary requirements, then the Graduate Program Director may pass your file to me or any other faculty members in the School. After receiving your file, I will further test your analytical, writing, and/or programming skills, depending on the scope of the intended research topic. Completing my test does not imply getting admission. The final decision is made by the University and the School.

As a graduate student, you probably have many questions before "falling in love" with a research topic. The following list of Q&A may provide a bit more information about my expectation and research style. You may also take a look the publication records and current affiliations of my former students further below.

  1. Question: Which program should I apply for?
    Answer: Please submit your application to the PhD program of the McGill School of Information Studies, the Master program (project option) of the McGill School of Information Studies, or the Master program (thesis option) of the McGill School of Computer Science. Students with IS/CS/IT/Engineering background are welcome to apply.

  2. Question: How to determine the research topic?
    Answer: The research topic is determined based on your research interests, your strengths, my research direction, research gaps in the field, and source of funding.

  3. Question: When can I defend my thesis under your supervision?
    Answer: For doctoral student, I expect that we will publish at least 4 papers in reasonably good conferences or journals before you defense. Of course, you have to complete the university's requirements too.

  4. Question: What do you mean by "reasonably good conferences or journals"?
    Answer: Thomson Scientific maintains a list of reasonably good journals. I am particularly interested in the following journals: IEEE TKDE, IEEE TSC, IEEE TDSC, ACM TKDD, ACM TISSEC, VLDBJ, PVLDB, DMKD, KAIS, DKE, and Information Sciences. Dr. Zaïane ranks some CS conferences. This page shows a list of data mining conferences. I am particularly interested in the following database and data mining conferences: SIGKDD, SIGMOD, ICDE, ICDM, EDBT, CIKM, SDM, and PETS.

  5. Question: How do you work with students?
    Answer: Students are my research collaborators. I expect we will work closely together in an open-minded atmosphere without hierarchy. We will meet in-person once a week. In a research project, you will have the opportunity to formulate problem, design and implement the proposed solutions, conduct experiments, and write papers with my assistance. You will also have the opportunity to attend international conferences. I do not "micromanage" students, but I do expect students to make reasonable achievements in the study. The achievements of my former students are listed in the table below. Their current positions may give you some clue on your potential career path.

  6. Question: Are there any other requirements for graduation?
    Answer: Yes, there are four additional requirements: (i) Do not give me any gift. (ii) Work hard on your research. (iii) When you are sick, stay home. (iv) Help me review papers from top-ranked research venues. Reviewing papers is part of the training.

  7. Question: Do you provide research assistantship?
    Answer: I will try my best to provide financial support to my students who make good progress in research; however, this also depends on the availability of research fund. So far, all my productive students are well-funded.

  8. Question: Do you encourage students to apply for prestigious scholarships, e.g., NSERC postgraduate scholarship or FRQNT doctoral scholarship?
    Answer: Yes, absolutely. I am happy to provide guidance and advice if needed. Click here for more information.

  9. Question: How much does it cost to live in Montreal?
    Answer: This website may provide some clue. This article provides more information for international students.

Current Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Name Program Publication / Thesis / Award Admission Date
Sarah Alkhodair Ph.D.
(ISE)
Publication: JASIST18
Topic: Assessing trust and veracity of big data in social media
Committee:
Chair: TBD
Supervisor: B. Fung
Co-supervisor: R. Dssouli
Examiner: Y. Zeng (CIISE)
Examiner: N. Bouguila (CIISE)
Examiner: O. Ait Mohamed (ECE)
Jan. 2013
Malik Altakrori Ph.D.
(CS)
Topic: Authorship analysis
Committee:
Chair: TBD
Supervisors: B. Fung and J. Cheung (CS)
Examiner: TBD
Examiner: TBD
Jan. 2017
Milad Ashouri Ph.D.
(BCEE)
Topic: TBD
Supervisors: F. Haghighat (BCEE) & B. Fung
May 2016
Steven H. H. Ding Ph.D.
(SIS)
Publications: ACM SIGKDD16, IEEE CYB18
Topic: Assembly code data mining
- FRQNT Doctoral Research Scholarship (Ranked second in the competition [Programme B2, Comité 05A, Groupe 2] in Quebec)
- The Dean’s Graduate Award, McGill University (4 years)
- Second prize in Hex-Rays Plug-in Contest 2015

- ACM SIGKDD 2016 Student Travel Award
- Best Poster Award at SERENE-RISC
Committee:
Chair: TBD
Supervisor: B. Fung
Examiner: C.-A. Julien (SIS)
Examiner: S. McIntosh (ECE)
Sept. 2014
Mohammad Reza Farhadi Ph.D.
(SIS)
Topic: Deep learning on EHR data
- NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship - Doctoral (PGS-D)
- FRQNT Doctoral Scholarship (Ranked fourth in the competition [Programme B2, Comité 05A, Groupe 2] in Quebec)
- McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship
Sept. 2016
Yin Bun Fung Ph.D.
(ISE)
Topic: Dynamic approach for  assembly clone detection
Committee:
Chair: TBD
Supervisors: B. Fung and M. Debbabi
Examiner: TBD
Examiner: TBD
Jan. 2013
Manuel Gil Ph.D.
(SIS)
Topic: TBD
- NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)
- McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship
Committee:
Chair: TBD
Supervisor: B. Fung
Co-supervisor: P. Pluye
Examiner: C.-A. Julien (SIS)
Examiner: J. Bartlett (SIS)
Sept. 2014
Rashid Hussain Khokhar Ph.D.
(ISE)
Publication: Elsevier ECRA16
Topic: Anonymizing heterogeneous information networks
Committee:
Chair: TBD
Supervisor: B. Fung
Co-supervisor: J. Bentahar
Examiner: J. Y. Yu (CIISE)
Examiner: A. Youssef (CIISE)
Examiner: Y. Liu (ECE)
May 2013
Angel T. C. Lam Ph.D.
(SIS)
Topic: Mining energy data Sept. 2016
Qi Li Ph.D.
(CS)
Award: Fellowship from SoCS and DFW (2 years)
Topic: TBD
Sept. 2017
Ruowei Wang MISt
(SIS) - Project
Topic: Opinion mining Jan. 2017
Tyler Kolody MISt
(SIS)
Publication: WEF17
Topic: Security and privacy issues in smart cities
Jan. 2017

Visiting Professors / Scholars (6)

Period Name / Status Home Agency
Apr. 2017
~ Jul. 2017
Dr. Qing Bao (Visiting Scholar) Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University
Apr. 2016
~ Jul. 2016
Dr. William K. Cheung (Visiting Professor) Associate Professor and Associate Head, Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University
Aug. 2015
~ Sept. 2015
Dr. Yan Bai (Visiting Professor) Associate Professor, University of Washington Tacoma, USA
Apr. 2013
~ May 2013
Dr. Siu Man (Carrie) Lui (Visiting Scholar) Senior Lecturer, James Cook University, Australia
Jun. 2012
~ Feb. 2013
Dr. Yan'an Jin (Visiting Scientist) Lecturer, Hubei University of Economics, China
Jul. 2012
~ Aug. 2012
Dr. Xiangliang Zhang (Visiting Scientist) Assistant Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Former Postdoctoral Fellows (3)

Period Name / Program Detail
Jan. 2015
~ Aug. 2015
Latifa Guerrouj
Postdoctoral Research Trainee (SIS)

Last known: Assistant Professor at L'École de technologie supérieure (ETS) de Montréal
Supervisor: Fung
Jan. 2013
~ Aug. 2013
Amin Ranj Bar
Postdoctoral Fellow (CIISE)

Last known:
Professor at Champlain College
Award:
- FRQNT Postdoctoral Research Scholarship

Supervisor: Fung
Jun. 2012
~ Aug. 2013
Zhun Yu
Postdoctoral Fellow (BCEE)

Last known: Associate Professor at Hunan University
Supervisor: Haghighat (BCEE)
Co-supervisor:
Fung

Former Ph.D. Students (6)

Period Name / Program Publication / Thesis / Award
Sept. 2009
~ Apr. 2017
Khalil Al-Hussaeni
Ph.D. (ECE)

Last known: TBA
Publications: Elsevier DKE14, Springer KAIS18, and 1 paper under review
Thesis: Preserving Privacy in High-Dimensional Data Publishing
Committee:
Chair: Mulligan (BCEE)
Supervisor: Fung
Co-supervisor: Dssouli
Examiner: L. Wang (CIISE)
Examiner: Mannan (CIISE)
Examiner: Eavis (CSSE)
Examiner: Carson Leung (University of Manitoba)
Sept. 2011
~ Dec. 2015
Gaby Dagher
Ph.D. (CS)

Last known: Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Boise State University, Idaho, USA
Publications: IEEE CLOUD14, ACM CCS15, IEEE ICPADS15, and 2 papers under review
Thesis: Secure Protocols for Privacy-preserving Data Outsourcing, Integration, and Auditing 
- FRQNT Doctoral Research Scholarship
Committee:
Chair: S. Li (BCEE)
Supervisor: Fung
Co-supervisor: Clark
Examiner: Hamou-Lhadj (ECE)
Examiner: L. Wang (CIISE)
Examiner: Eavis (CSSE)
Examiner: Stan Matwin (Dalhousie University)
Sept. 2008
~ Sept. 2012
Rui Chen
Ph.D. (CS)

Last known: Senior Staff Research Scientist in Samsung Research America, Mountain View, USA
Publications: ACM CSUR10, ACM SIGKDD11, PVLDB11, IEEE RFID11, ACM SIGKDD12, ACM CCS12, INS13, JAMIA13, VLDBJ14
Thesis: Toward Privacy in High-Dimensional Data Publishing
Awards:
- NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) - Doctoral.
- FRQNT Doctoral Research Scholarship (Ranked second in the competition [Programme B2, Comité 05A, Groupe 2] in Quebec)
- ACM SIGKDD'11 Travel Award
- ACM SIGKDD'12 Travel Award
- FRQNT Postdoctoral Fellowship 
Committee:
Chair: Kishk (ECE)
Supervisor: Fung
Co-supervisor: Desai
Examiner: Constantinides (CSE)
Examiner: Witte (CSE)
Examiner: Valizadeh (ECE)
Examiner: Dongwon Lee (Penn State University)
Sept. 2008
~ Jul. 2012
Noman Mohammed
Ph.D. (CS)

Last known: Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Manitoba, Canada
Publications: EDBT09, ACM SIGKDD09, ACM CIKM09, IEEE IIT09, ACM TKDD10, VLDBJ11, PVLDB11, ACM SIGKDD11, PETS12, INS13, JAMIA13, IEEE TDSC14
Thesis: Models and Algorithms for Private Data Sharing
Awards:
- The best student paper award at ACM SIGKDD09.
- NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) (Ranked first out of 68 applications in committee 198, the Scholarships and Fellowships Selection Committee for Computing Sciences)
- NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) - Doctoral.
- FRQNT Doctoral Research Scholarship (Ranked first in the competition [Programme B2, Comité 05A, Groupe 2] in Quebec)
- FRQNT Postdoctoral Fellowship (Ranked first in the competition [Programme B3, Comité 05A, Groupe 2] in Quebec)
- David J. Azrieli Graduate Fellowship (Ranked first in Concordia)
- Concordia University Graduate Fellowship (25 recipients in Concordia)
- Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Scholarship (Ranked first in the department)
Committee:
Chair: Akbari (BCEE)
Supervisor: Fung
Co-supervisor: Debbabi
Examiner: Mudur (CSE)
Examiner: Grogono (CSE)
Examiner: Schmitt (CES)
Examiner: Castelluccia (INRIA)
Sept. 2008
~ Mar. 2012
Zhun Yu
Ph.D. (Bldg)

Last known: Associate Professor at Hunan University, China
Publications: ENB10, ENB11, EGY11, ENB12, BUIL13
Thesis: Mining Hidden Knowledge from Measured Data for Improving Building Energy Performance
Chair: Gouw (BCEE)
Supervisor: Haghighat (BCEE)
Co-supervsior: Fung
Examiner: Ghaly (MIE)
Examiner: Zmeureanu (BCEE)
Examiner: Chen (BCEE)
Examiner: Inard (Université La Rochelle)
Jan. 2006
~ Jan. 2011
Farkhund Iqbal
Ph.D. (CS)

Last known: Associate
Professor and Graduate Program Director at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates

- Received Exemplary Merit Award for 2013-2014
- Received Zayed University Outstanding Faculty Award in 2015
Publications: DIIN08, DIIN09, DIIN10a, DIIN10b, ACM SAC10, WI12, INS13
Thesis: Messaging Forensic Framework for Cybercrime Investigation
Reported by ENCS Magazine
Chair: Mulligan (BCEE)
Supervisors: Fung and Debbabi
Examiner: A. Agarwal (ECE)
Examiner: Ormandjieva (CSE)
Examiner: Suen (CSE)
Examiner: W. Cheung (HKBU)

Former Master's Students (17)

Period Name / Program Publication / Thesis / Award
Sept. 2016
~ Apr. 2017
Zahra Saeedozakerin
MISt (SIS) - Project
Topic: Potential security threats in cyber infrastrucutures of smart cities
Jan. 2013
~ Jan. 2017
Aref Mourtada
M.A.Sc. (ISS)
Thesis: Mining Association Rules Events over Data Streams
Committee:
Chair: Assi
Supervisor: Debbabi
Co-supervisor: Fung
Examiner: C. Wang
Examiner: Hamou-Lhadj (ECE)
Sept. 2012
~ Apr. 2014
Steven Ding
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Ph.D. student at McGill University, Canada
Publication: ACM TISSEC15
Thesis: Authorship Identification and Writeprint Visualization
Committee:
Chair: Assi
Supervisor: Fung
Co-supervisor: Debbabi
Examiner: Youssef
Examiner: Grogono (CSE)
Jan. 2012
~ Sept. 2013
Mahtab Arafati
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Expert in Risk and Information Security Management at Informatics Services Corporation (ISC), Iran
Publication: IEEE CLOUD14
Thesis: Privacy-Preserving Data-as-a-Service Mashups
Committee:
Chair: Ben Hamza
Supervisor: Fung
Examiner: Clark
Examiner: A. Agarwal (ECE)
Sept. 2011
~ Sept. 2013
Moein Ghasemzadeh
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
IPS Analyst / Security Researcher at Fortinet, Canada
Publication: Elsevier TRC14
Thesis: Privacy Preservation in High-dimensional Trajectory Data for Passenger Flow Analysis
Committee:
Chair: Youssef
Supervisor: Fung
Co-supervisor: Awasthi
Examiner: Mannan
Examiner: Abdi (ECE)
Sept. 2011
~ Apr. 2013
Rashid Hussain Khokhar
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Ph.D. student at Concordia University, Canada
Publication: Elsevier JBI14
Thesis: Quantifying the Costs and Benefits of Privacy-Preserving Health Data Publishing
Committee:
Chair: S. Li
Supervisor: Fung
Examiner: Awasthi
Examiner: Xie (MIE)
Sept. 2010
~ Apr. 2013
Mohammad Reza Farhadi
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Software Developer at Ericsson Canada
Publications: STO-MP-IST12, IEEE SERE14, Elsevier DIIN15
Thesis: Assembly Code Clone Detection for Malware Binaries
Committee:
Chair: Zeng
Supervisor: Fung
Co-supervisor: Debbabi
Examiner: Glitho
Examiner: Paquet (CSE)
Sept. 2010
~ Jan. 2013
Jiaming Li
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Staff Software Developer at IBM Canada
Publications: IEEE/ACM ASONAM13, Springer LNSN15
Thesis: Privacy-Preserving Social Network Data Publishing for Frequent Sharing Patterns
Committee:
Chair: Tian
Supervisor: Fung
Examiner: Youssef
Examiner: Suen (CSE)
May 2011
~ May 2012
Michael Schmid
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Web Developer, Concordia University, Canada
Publication: Elsevier DIIN15
Thesis: Computer-Aided Writeprint Modelling for Cybercrime Investigations
Chair: Bouguila
Supervisor: Fung
Examiner: Mannan
Examiner: Abdi (ECE)
Jan. 2010
~ May 2012
Kamrun Nahar
M.A.Sc. (QSE)

Last known:
Software Test Analyst at Nakisa, Montreal, Canada
Publication: Springer JIM15
Thesis: Classifying Tablet PC Models based on User Preferences from Online Reviews
Chair: Schiffauerova
Supervisor: S. Li
Co-supervisor: Fung
Examiner: C. Wang
Examiner: Aghdam (ECE)
May 2009
~ Sept. 2011
Gaby Dagher
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Boise State University, Idaho, USA
Publication: Elsevier DKE13
Thesis: Semantic Document Clustering for Crime Investigation
Chair: L. Wang
Supervisor: Fung
Examiner: Bouguila
Examiner: Gopakumar (CES)
Sept. 2010
~ Aug. 2011
Hani AbuSharkh
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Software Engineering Consultant at Thales Canada
Publication: IEEE CSC11
Thesis: Border-based Anonymization Method for Sharing Private Spatial-Temporal Data
Chair: Tian
Supervisor: Fung
Examiner: S. Li
Examiner: Jahinuzzaman (ECE)
Sept. 2009
~ Aug. 2011
Abdur Rahman Mohd Abul Basher
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia, Canada
Publication: Springer KAIS13
Thesis: Mining Chat Logs to Extract Information about Authors and Topics for Crime Investigation
Chair: L. Wang
Supervisor: Fung
Examiner: Zeng
Examiner: Rilling (CSE)
- Power Corporation of Canada Graduate Fellowship
Jun. 2009
~ May 2011
Mirza A. Ahmed
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Manager of Threat Security Analysis and Response Team at Nuance Communications, Inc., Boston
Thesis: Criminal Network Analysis from Chat Logs
Chair: Glitho
Supervisor: Fung
Examiner: L. Wang
Examiner: Schmitt (CES)
May 2009
~ Aug. 2010
Rabeah Alzaidy M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn State University, USA
Publications: ACM SAC11 & DIIN12
Thesis: Criminal Network Mining and Analysis for Forensic Investigations
Chair: Awasthi
Supervisor: Fung
Co-supervisor: Youssef
Examiner: S. Li
Examiner: Kabir (ECE)
Sept. 2007
~ Aug. 2009
Khalil Al-Hussaeni
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Ph.D. student at Concordia, Canada
Publication: IEEE RFID09
Thesis: Preserving Data Privacy and Information Usefulness for RFID Data Publishing
Chair: S. Li
Supervisor: Fung
Examiner: Hammad
Examiner: C. Wang (ECE)
Sept. 2007
~ Aug. 2009
Ming Cao
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
China UnionPay, China
Publications:  ACM SAC09, IEEE RFID09
Thesis: Privacy Protection of RFID Data Publishing
Chair: C. Wang
Supervisor: Fung
Examiner: Awasthi
Examiner: Desai (CSE)

Former Research Assistants (8)

Period Name / Program Publication / Topic
May 2017
~ Aug. 2017
Rajat Bhateja
MISt (SIS), McGill University
Award: Computational Research Fellowship, McGill Library

Topic: Semantic, context analysis and visualization of McGill theses data using word2vec
May  2017
~ Aug. 2017
Tuo (Stella) Yu
B.Sc. (CS), McGill University

Award: NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)
Topic: Data Mining on Fashion Communications
Sept.  2016
~ Aug. 2017
Trevor Braun
M.A. (Economics), McGill University
Publication: SCC18

Topic: Security and Privacy Challenges in Smart Cities
May  2016
~ Aug. 2016
Trevor Braun
B.A. (Hon.)
(Economics & History), McGill University


Award:
2016 Arts Research Internship Awards (ARIA)
Publication: 7 articles in World Economics Forum (WEF) 2016

Topic: Cybersecurity
Sept. 2016
~ Feb. 2017
Daniel Tweed
M.Eng. (ECE), McGill University
Topic: Demonstration of a Secure Credential Transfer Protocol [Software on GitHub]
Jan. 2016
~ Aug. 2016
Kathy Ka Pik Yu
MISt (SIS), McGill University
Topic: Data Mining on Fashion Communications
Jan. 2015
~ Dec. 2015
Alexia Yeo
H.B.Sc. (Math and Physics), McGill University

Award: NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

Last known:
Master student, University of Toronto
Publication: T&F JICR16
Topic: Data Mining on Fashion Communications
Nov. 2014
~ Jun. 2015
Hailey Wyman
Graduate Diploma (Communication Studies), Concordia University
Topic: Government and Cloud Computing: A Policy Perspective

I also served in the following supervisory/examining committees.

Name Program Thesis (Role) Date
Daphnee Azoulay
(Supervisor: S. Sinclair)
M.A. (DH), McGill University TBD (Supervisory Committee Member) 2017 ~
Mehdy Sedaghat Payam
(Supervisor: A. Piper)
M.A. (DH), McGill University TBD (Supervisory Committee Member) 2017 ~
Joseph Rafla
(Supervisor: S. Sinclair)
M.A. (DH), McGill University TBD (Supervisory Committee Member) 2016 ~
Keheliya Gallaba
(Supervisor: Shane McIntosh)
Ph.D. (ECE), McGill University TBD (Supervisory Committee Member) 2016 ~
Banafsheh Asadi
(Supervisor: C. A. Julien)
Ph.D. (SIS), McGill University TBD (Supervisory Committee Member) 2016 ~
Afroza Sultana
(Supervisor: Karyn Moffatt)
Ph.D. (SIS), McGill University TBD (Supervisory Committee Member) 2015 ~
Jeff Blum
(Supervisor: Jeremy Cooperstock)
Ph.D. (ECE), McGill University TBD (Supervisory Committee Member) 2014 ~
Muhammad Yousuf Ahmad
(Supervisor: Bettina Kemme)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University Adapting Distributed Key-Value Datastoresfor Online Transaction Processing (External Examiner) Sept. 2017
Augusto Gabriel Vigliensoni-Martin
(Supervisor: Ichiro Fujinaga)
Ph.D. (Music Research), McGill University Evaluating the Performance Improvement of a Music Recommendation Model by Using User-Centric Features (Examiner) Mar. 2017
Viet Huu Huynh
(Supervisor: Dinh Phung)
Ph.D. (IT), Deakin University, Australia Towards Scalable Bayesian Nonparametric Methods for Data Analytics (External Examiner) Mar. 2017
Mingyuan Xia
(Supervisor: Xue Liu)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University Dynamic Analyses for Privacy and Performance in Mobile Applications (External Member) Nov. 2016
Chang Xu
(Supervisor: Jie Zhang)
Ph.D. (SCSE), Nanyang Technological University Towards Characterization and Detection of Collusive Reputation Manipulation in Crowdsourced Opinions (External Examiner) Oct. 2016
Qing Bao
(Supervisor: William Cheung)
Ph.D. (CS), Hong Kong Baptist University Inferring Diffusion Models with Structural and Behavioral Dependency in Social Networks (External Examiner) Aug. 2016
Shafigh Parsazad
(Supervisor: S. Abdi)
M.A.Sc. (ECE), Concordia University Fast Simulation of Programmable Network Forwarding Plane Devices (External Examiner) Jul. 2016
Warda El Kholy
(Supervisors: Bentahar & Dssouli)
Ph.D. (ISE), Concordia University Formal Specification and Automatic Verification of Multi-Agent Conditional Commitments and their Applications (Internal Examiner) Apr. 2016
Mina Khalili
(Supervisor: L. Wang)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University Monitoring and Improving Managed Security Services in- side Security Operation Center (Internal Examiner) Dec. 2015
Hanqiang Cheng
(Supervisor: Xue Liu)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University Fighting Against Misbehaving Users on Online Social Networks (External Examiner) Jul. 2015
Jomu George Mani Paret
(Supervisor: O. Ait Mohamed)
Ph.D. (ECE), Concordia University A Functional Verification Methodology for an Improved Coverage of System-on-Chips (Examiner) Apr. 2015
Andrew Hankinson
(Supervisor: Ichiro Fujinaga)
Ph.D. (Music Research), McGill University Optical music recognition infrastructure for large-scale music document analysis (Examiner) Nov. 2014
Ola Amayri
(Supervisor: Bouguila)
Ph.D. (ECE), Concordia University Statistical Analysis of Spherical Data:
Clustering, Feature Selection and Applications (Examiner)
May. 2014
Ahmad Altamimi
(Supervisor: Eavis)
Ph.D. (CS), Concordia University A Comprehensive Data Security Framework for OLAP Domains (Examiner) Jan. 2014
Min Wang
(Supervisor: Zeng)
Ph.D. (ECE), Concordia University Requirements Modeling: from Natural Language to Conceptual Models Using ROM Analysis (Examiner) Sept. 2013
Hind Alwan
(Supervisor: Agarwal)
Ph.D. (ECE), Concordia University QoS-based and Secure Multipath Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks (External Examiner) Sept. 2013
Wei Zeng
(Supervisor: S. Li)
M.A.Sc. (QSE), Concordia University Risk Analysis for Supplier Selection Problem using Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) (Chair) Aug. 2013
Atieh Saberi Pirouz
(Supervisor: Mannan)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University Securing email through online social networks (Chair) Aug. 2013
Richard Lee
(Supervisor: Abdi)
M.A.Sc.
(ECE), Concordia University
Early and Accurate Modeling of Streaming Applications on Embeded Platform (Examiner) Aug. 2013
Hongyan Zhou
(Supervisor: W.-P. Zhu)
M.A.Sc. (ECE), Concordia University Design and FPGA Implementation of OFDM System with Channel Estimation and Synchronization (Examiner) Jun. 2013
William Nzoukou Tankou
(Supervisor: L. Wang)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University A Unified Framework for Measuring a Network's Mean Time-to-Compromise (Examiner) Jun. 2013
Ali Ahmed
(Supervisor: Awasthi)
M.A.Sc. (QSE), Concordia University Disaster Relief Network Design: Investigating the Effects of Physical Barriers and Information Sharing (Chair) Jun. 2013
Weina Wang (Supervisor: Suen) M.Comp.Sc. (CS), Concordia University Two novel learning-based criteria and methods based on multiple classifiers for rejecting poor handwritten digits  (Examiner) Apr. 2013
Adam Skillen
(Supervisor:
Mannan)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University Deniable storage encryption for mobile devices (Internal examiner) Apr. 2013
Parthasarathy Ravishankar
(Supervisor: Abdi)
M.A.Sc. (ECE), Concordia University An observable data cache model for FPGA prototyping (External examiner) Mar. 2013
Reem Kateb
(Supervisor: Bentahar)
M.A.Sc.
(CIISE), Concordia University
On the assessment of communities of web services (Chair) Feb. 2013
Raha Ziarati
(Supervisor: Debbabi)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University Dynamic matching and weaving semantics for executable UML models (Internal examiner) Oct. 2012
Omid Ashrafi
(Supervisors: Haghighat and Yerushalami)
Ph.D. (Bldg) , Concordia University Estimation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Wastewater Treatment Plant of Pulp & Paper Industry (Chair) Aug. 2012
Moayad Aloqaily
(Supervisors: Glitho and Hammad)
M.A.Sc. (ECE), Concordia University  Multiparty/Multimedia Conferencing in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks for Improving Communications between Firefighters (Chair) Jul. 2012
Mohamed El Menshawy Mohamed
(Supervisors: Bentahar and Dssouli)
Ph.D. (ECE), Concordia University  Model Checking Logics of Social Commitments for Agent Communication (External examiner) Jul. 2012
Roger Zahno
(Supervisor: Youssef)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University  Key Recovery from Memory Images and Obfuscation of Cryptographic Algorithms (Internal examiner) Jun. 2012
Taiwo Olubunmi Adetiloye
(Supervisor: Awasthi)
M.A.Sc. (QSE), Concordia University  Collaboration Planning of Stakeholders for Sustainable City Logistics Operations (Chair) Apr. 2012
Adam Szporer
(Supervisor: Debbabi)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University  E-mail Analysis for Investigators: Techniques and Implementation (Internal examiner) Feb. 2012
Mohamed Amine M'Hamdi
(Supervisor: Bentahar)
M.Comp.Sc. (CS), Concordia University Scheduling Reputation Maintenance in Agent-based Communities Using Game Theory (Examiner) Dec. 2011
Pengsu Cheng
(Supervisor: L. Wang)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University  A Multi-Faceted Approach to Network Security Metric through Combining CVSS Base Scores (Internal examiner) Sept. 2011
Giti Oghabi
(Supervisor: Bentahar)
M.Comp.Sc. (CS), Concordia University Verifying Web Services Using Probabilistic Model Checking (Examiner) Aug. 2011
Riadul Islam
(Supervisor: Jahinuzzaman)
M.A.Sc. (ECE), Concordia University High-Speed Energy-Efficient Soft Error Tolerant Flip-Flops (External examiner) Aug. 2011
Ann Fry
(Supervisor: Debbabi)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University A Forensic Web Log Analysis Tool: Techniques and Implementation (Chair) Jun. 2011
Ninus Khamis
(Supervisors:
Rilling & Witte)
M.A.Sc. (SOEN), Concordia University Assessing the Quality Factors found in In-line Documentation Written in Natural Language: The JavadocMiner (External examiner) Apr. 2011
Sinha Prosenjit
(Supervisor: Debbabi)
M.Comp.Sc. (CS), Concordia University Botnet Reverse Engineering and Call Sequence Recovery (Internal examiner) Feb. 2011
Elmira Rajinia
(Supervisor: S. Li)
M.A.Sc. (QSE), Concordia University Estimation of the Scope of Change Propagation in Object-Oriented Programming (Internal examiner) Jan. 2011
Jialin Cheng
(Supervisor: Tian)
M.A.Sc. (QSE), Concordia University Condition Based Maintenance Optimization for Multi-Component Systems Based on Neural Network Health Prediction (Chair) Dec. 2010
Li Deng
(Supervisor: L. Wang)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University Simulatable Auditing in Micro-Databases (Internal examiner) Oct. 2010
Mazharul Huq Chowdhury
(Supervisor: Kabir)
M.A.Sc. (ECE), Concordia University Electrical Properties of Grain Boundaries in Polycrystalline Materials (External examiner) Sep. 2010
Mohamed Rasslan
(Supervisor:
Youssef)
Ph.D. (ECE), Concordia University Analysis and Design of Protocols for Secure and Private Communications (Internal examiner) Sep. 2010
Pei Pei Shi
(Supervisors:
Youssef & Zhu)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University Methods and Techniques to Protect Against Shoulder Surfing and Phishing Attacks (Internal examiner) Aug. 2010
Nan Song
(Supervisor:
J. Zhang)
M.A.Sc. (ECE), Concordia University Optical Single-Sideband Modulation with Tunable Optical Carrier to Sideband Ratio in Radio over Fiber Systems (External examiner) Jun. 2010
Ahmad Moazin
(Supervisor:
Bentahar)
M.A.Sc. (QSE), Concordia University Incentive-Based Reputation of Web Services Communities (Internal examiner) Jan. 2010
Mohamed Layouni
(Supervisor: C. Claude)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University Privacy-Preserving Personal Information Management (External examiner) Dec. 2009
Rakesh Saini
(Supervisors:
Hammad & Zhu)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University Data Protection of RFID-Based Distributed Storage  (Internal examiner) Aug. 2009
Jing Li
(Supervisor:
C. Wang)
M.A.Sc. (ECE), Concordia University Multiple-filtering-process for the Edge Detection of High-dynamic-range Images (External examiner) May 2009
Khaled Ghoneim
(Supervisor:
Bentahar)
M.A.Sc. (QSE), Concordia University Adaptable Interaction Protocol for Multi-Agent-based Supply Network (Chair) Apr. 2009
Wei Li
(Supervisor:
L. Wang)
M.A.Sc. (ISS), Concordia University Distributed Authorization in Loosely Coupled Data Federation (Internal examiner) Feb. 2009
Ola Amayri
(Supervisor:
Bouguila)
M.A.Sc. (QSE), Concordia University On Email Spam Filtering Using Support Vector Machine (Internal examiner) Jan. 2009
Nadia Belblidia
(Supervisor:
Debbabi)
Ph.D. (ECE), Concordia University An Aspect Oriented Approach for Security Hardening: Semantic Foundations (External examiner) Dec. 2008
Surath Aebtarm
(Supervisor: Bouguila)
M.A.Sc. (QSE), Concordia University Defects Control Charts for High-Quality Processes (Chair) Dec. 2008
Wen Ming Liu
(Supervisors:
L. Wang & Youssef)
M.A.Sc. (ISE), Concordia University On Applications of Simulated Annealing to Cryptology (Chair) Dec. 2008
Brian Coffey
(Supervisor:
Haghighat)
M.A.Sc. (Bldg), Concordia University A Development and Testing Framework for Simulation-Based Supervisory Control With Application to Optimal Zone Temperature Ramping Demand Response Using a Modified Genetic Algorithm (External examiner) Jun. 2008
Abdullah Abbas
(Supervisor:
Ben Hamza)
M.A.Sc. (QSE), Concordia University Topological Approaches to 3D Mesh Watermarking (Internal examiner) Apr. 2008

Useful information for my current graduate students:

  • Policies of using computer equipment and labs
    • The equipment in the lab is only for research and academic purposes, not for any other purposes such as downloading movies and playing video games. The network traffic is closely monitored by the university to identify any abnormal, suspicious activities. Also, you should not let other people use your computer account or access card. Please keep the room and your desk reasonably clean. Finally, I would like to remind you to abide by McGill's Code of Academic Conduct.