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I am recruiting well-motivated graduate students with IS/CS/IT/Engineering background in the SIS PhD program and SIS Master's program (project option). The candidates should have strong interests in the research areas of data mining, deep learning, cybersecurity, large-scale computation, privacy protection, or software engineering. Watch my videos to better understand my research directions.

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.

  • share the same value of Fundamental Freedoms listed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,

  • self-motivated with independent problem solving skills,

  • good writing skills,

  • proficient in object-oriented programming and design, and familiar with Java and Python,

  • knowledge of data science, TensorFlow, MapReduce, NoSQL, etc. would be an asset,

  • GPA >= 3.2/4.0 in both graduate (if applicable) and undergraduate study. Applicants below 3.2 will be considered depending on other merits, e.g., publication record and reputation of previous universities. (Please note that McGill has its own way of calculating GPA.)

  • [optional requirement for international students] GRE >= 700/800 on old scale or >= 155 on new scale in quantitative reasoning, and >= 3.5 in the written section (please include the percentile information),

  • [for international PhD applicants whose previous degrees from a recognized foreign institution where English is not the language of instruction] TOEFL >= 600 (paper-based), >= 100 (internet-based; all components >= 20 and writing >= 25), or IELTS >= 7.5.

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

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

  • Why do you want to study in graduate school? What is your career goal after getting a graduate 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 in PDFs.

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

  • Sample publication(s) that was primarily written by you in English in PDFs. 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.

  • [for international students] GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores in PDFs, if available.

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: Why should I choose your team for PhD study?
    Answer: 8/10 of my graduated PhDs are professors in North America and Asia. Other became the upper management in large research institutes. Their current positions are listed here.

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

  3. Question: I am very interested in cybersecuity, but my knowledge in this domain is limited.
    Answer: You may consider taking this online graduate certificate program in cybersecurity. It can be completed from 4 to 10 months.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 your defense. Of course, you have to complete the university's requirements. Read this too.

  6. 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 TOPS, 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 data mining, machine learning, and security conferences: SIGKDD, SIGMOD, ICDE, ICDM, EDBT, CIKM, SDM, AAAI, IJCAI, S&P, etc.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Question: Do you provide financial support?
    Answer: I will provide financial support to my students who make good progress in research, subject to the availability of research fund and chosen research topic. So far, all my productive students are well-funded.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

Period Name / Program Detail
Sept. 2022 ~ Miles Q. Li
Postdoctoral Fellow (SIS), McGill University
Publications: IJCNN INNS23
Supervisor: Fung
Jun. 2021 ~ Arezo Bodaghi
Ph.D.
(ISE), Concordia University

Last known:
Publications: IEEE TCSS24, IEEE TSM24
Topic: Toxic text detection
Chair: 
Supervisors: K. Schmitt (CES) and B. Fung
Supervisory committee:
Examiner:
Jan. 2022 ~ Mohammadhossein Amouei
Ph.D. (
IS), McGill University

Last known:
Publications:
Topic: Deep learning for firmware analysis
Chair: 
Supervisor: B. Fung
Supervisory committee: S. Ding and I. Frissen
Examiner:
Examiner:
Examiner:
Examiner:
Sept. 2016 ~ Angel Lam
Ph.D. (
IS), McGill University

Last known:
Publications:
Topic: Mining energy data
Chair: 
Supervisor: B. Fung
Supervisory committee: Adriana Romero Soriano and Steven Ding
Examiner:
Examiner:
Examiner:
Examiner:
Jan. 2023
~
Jun Meng
Ph.D. (IS), McGill University


Last known:
Publications:
Topic: Privacy-preserving cookies synchronization
Supervisor: B. Fung
Jan. 2022 ~ Mohd Saqib
Ph.D. (
IS), McGill University

Last known:
Publications: 2 patents
Awards: FRQNT Doctoral Scholarhip in 2023 - ranked 9th in the competition [Programme B3, Comité, Groupe 2] in Quebec
Topic: Explainable AI for malware analysis
Chair: 
Supervisor: B. Fung
Supervisory committee: S. Ding and M. Evans
Examiner:
Examiner:
Examiner:
Examiner:
Jan. 2024
~
Margaux Andrea
MISt (SIS), McGill University


Last known:
Publications:
Topic: Llarge-lanugage model with knowledge network
Supervisor: B. Fung
Thesis examination:
Internal examiner:
Jan. 2023
~
Sarah Bellemare
M.Sc. (CS), McGill University


Last known:
Publications:
Topic: Privacy-preserving cookies synchronization
Supervisor: B. Fung
Thesis examination:
Internal examiner:
Jan. 2023
~
Kevin Liu
MISt (SIS) - Project, McGill University


Last known:
Publications:
Topic: Sentiment analysis on group chats
Supervisor: B. Fung
Jan. 2023
~
Yutang Song
MISt (SIS) - Project, McGill University


Last known:
Publications:
Topic: Authorship analysis for indigenous writer
Supervisor: B. Fung
Jan. 2023
~
Chia-Hui Tsai
MISt (SIS) - Project, McGill University


Last known:
Publications:
Topic: Disinformation detection
Supervisor: B. Fung
Sept. 2021
~
Scarlett Xu
M.Sc. (CS), McGill University


Last known:
Publications:
Topic: Social networks alignment
Supervisor: B. Fung
Thesis examination:
Chair:
Internal member:
Internal examiner:
External member:
External examiner:

Former Postdoctoral Fellows (7)

Period Name / Program Detail
Sept. 2021 ~ Apr. 2023 Samaneh Mahdavifar
Postdoctoral Fellow (SIS), McGill University

Last known: Machine Leaning DevOps Engineer at CARFAX, Canada
Publications:
Supervisor: Fung
Aug. 2019
~ Jul. 2020

Apr. 2021 ~ Mar. 2022
Adel Abusitta
Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Associate (SIS), McGill University

Last known: Assistant Professor at Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
Publications: JISA21, IJCNN21, SpliTech22, IoT23
Supervisor: Fung
Apr. 2021 ~ Mar. 2022 Alip Mohammed
Research Associate (SIS), McGill University

Last known: SDET/Test Analyst at Hexaware Technologies, Canada
Publications: 2 book chapters in encyclopedias
Supervisor: Fung
Nov. 2018
~ Apr. 2019
Eléonore Fournier-Tombs
Postdoctoral Fellow (SIS)


Last known: Head of Anticipatory Action and Innovation, Centre for Policy Research, United Nations University, USA
Supervisor: Fung
Jan. 2015
~ Aug. 2015
Latifa Guerrouj
Research Associate (SIS)

Last known: Associate Professor at L'École de technologie supérieure (ETS) de Montréal, Canada
Publications: Springer SQJQ17, IEEE ASE15
Supervisor: Fung
Jan. 2013
~ Aug. 2013
Amin Ranj Bar
Postdoctoral Fellow (CIISE)

Last known:
Senior Lecturer at McGill University, Canada
Award:
- FRQNT Postdoctoral Research Scholarship

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

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

Former Ph.D. Students (15)

Period Name / Program Publication / Thesis / Award
May 2012 ~ Apr. 2014

Sept. 2019 ~ Dec. 2023
Osmud Rahman
Ph.D. (
INDI), Concordia University

Last known: Associate Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada
Publications: Sustainability23, TFDT21, ICCS21,  Sustainability20, JOTI20, and TFDT14
Topic: A Comprehensive Study of Sustainability, Fashion and Consumption: Understanding Consumer Behaviour and Clothing Evaluation from a Cross-national Perspective
Chair: Fariborz Haghighat (BCEE)
Supervisors: Benjamin Fung and Jamal Bentahar
Examiner: Chun Wang
Examiner: David Howes (Sociology and Anthropology)
Examiner: John Potvin (Art History)
Examiner: Yu-wang Chen (University of Manchester)
Sept. 2017 ~ Dec. 2023 Jwen-Fai Low
Ph.D. (
IS), McGill University

Last known:
Publications: ESWA22, Access23
Topic: Automated Information Warfare: For and Against Saturation Attacks
Supervisor: Benjamin Fung
Co-supervisor: Farkhund Iqbal
Supervisory committee: Rebekah Willson
Pro-Dean: Timothy R. Moore (Geography)
Director or representative: Joan Bartlett
Internal examiner: France Bouthillier
External examiner: Tuan Le (NMSU)
Jan. 2016 ~ Apr. 2023 Malik Altakrori
Ph.D.
(CS), McGill University

Last known: Postdoctoral Researcher - NLP, IBM Research, UAE
Publications: ACM TALLIP18, EMNLP21, and EMNLP22
Award: FRQNT Doctoral Scholarship in 2019
Topic: Evaluation Techniques for Authorship Attribution and Obfuscation
Pro-Dean: Katherine Maurer (Social Work)
Chair: Xiao-Wen Chang
Supervisors: Jackie Cheung (CS) and Benjamin Fung
Supervisory committee: AJung Moon and David Meger
Internal examiner: Reihaneh Rabbany
External member: Fatiha Sadat (UQAM)
External examiner: Nicolas Papernot (UofT)
Sept. 2019 ~ Aug. 2022 Ying Sun
Ph.D. (Bldg), Concordia University

Last known: Assistant Professor, Qingdao University of Technology, China
 
Publications: ENB20, EGY22, ENB22
Topic: Fairness-Aware Data-Driven Building Models (DDBMs) and Their Application in Model Predictive Controller (MPC)
Chair: 
Supervisor: Fariborz Haghighat (BCEE)
Co-supervsior: Benjamin Fung
Chair: Yuhong Yan
Examiner: Anjali Awasthi (CIISE)
Examiner: Mazdak Nik-Bakht (BCEE)
Examiner: Liangzhu Wang (BCEE)
Examiner: Yinping Zhang (Tsinghua)
Sept. 2017 ~ Aug. 2022 Miles Q. Li
Ph.D. (
CS), McGill University

Last known: Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University
Publications: ICSOFT21, COSE21, JISA21, INS22, IJCNN22, CCIS22, ICSOFT22
Award: Fellowship from SoCS and DFW (2 years)
Topic: Interpretable Machine Learning for Malware Detection and Adversarial Defense
Pro-Dean: Ignacio Cofone (Law)
Chair: Jin Guo 
Supervisor: Benjamin Fung
Supervisory committee: Xujie Si and Danny Tarlow
School representative:
Internal member: Xujie Si
Internal examiner: Daniel Varro (ECE)
External examiner: Paria Shirani (Ryerson)
May 2013 ~ Nov. 2020 Rashid Hussain Khokhar
Ph.D. (
ISE), Concordia University

Last known: Assistant Professor, Algoma University, Canada
Publications: Elsevier ECRA16, IEEE TEM21, and ACM TKDD23
Topic: Anonymizing and Trading Person-specific Data with Trust
Chair: C. Constantinides (CSE)
Supervisor: B. Fung
Co-supervisor: J. Bentahar (CIISE)
Examiner: J. Y. Yu (CIISE)
Examiner: A. Youssef (CIISE)
Examiner: Y. Liu (ECE)
Examiner: R. Dara (Guelph)
May 2016 ~ Nov. 2019 Milad Ashouri
Ph.D. (Bldg), Concordia University

Last known: Data Scientist, MRP, Canada
Publications: ENB18, ENB19, EGY20
Media: Concordia News
Topic: Data Mining Frameworks for Energy Consumption Reduction of Existing Buildings
Chair: A. K. Rathore
Supervisor: F. Haghighat (BCEE)
Co-supervsior: B. Fung
Examiner: A. Hammad (CIISE)
Examiner: A. K. Athienitis (BCEE)
Examiner: F. Nasiri (BCEE)
Examiner: J. Zhai (University of Colorado Boulder)
Sept. 2014
~ Apr. 2019
Steven H. H. Ding
Ph.D. (IS), McGill University

Last known: Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, McGill University, Canada
Publications: ACM SIGKDD16, IEEE CYB18, IEEE S&P19
Topic: Data Mining and Machine Learning for Reverse Engineering
- 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 2016
- 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 McGill School of Information Studies Graduate Excellence Fellowship (GEF)
- 2019 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P) Student Travel Award
Committee:
Supervisor: B. Fung
Supervisory committee: C.-A. Julien (SIS)
and S. McIntosh (ECE)
Thesis examination:
Chair: K. Dalkir
Internal member: M. Evans
Internal examiner: J. Guo (CS)
External member: S. McIntosh (ECE)
External examiner: Natalia Stakhanova (University of Saskatchewan)
Jan. 2013
~ Apr. 2019
Sarah A. Alkhodair
Ph.D. (ISE), Concordia University

Last known: Assistant Professor and Vice Chair of the Computer Engineering Department, King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Publications: JASIST18, IPM20, and ACM TMIS20
Thesis: Assessing trust and veracity of data in social media
Committee:
Chair: R. Selmic (ECE)
S
upervisor: B. Fung
Co-supervisor: R. Dssouli
Examiner: Y. Zeng (CIISE)
Examiner: N. Bouguila (CIISE)
Examiner: O. Ait Mohamed (ECE)
Examiner: A. M. Boukadoum (UQAM)
Sept. 2009
~ Apr. 2017
Khalil Al-Hussaeni
Ph.D. (ECE), Concordia University

Last known: Assistant Professor of Computing at Rochester Institute of Technology - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Publications: Elsevier DKE14, Springer KAIS18, and Elsevier COMNET18
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), Concordia University

Last known: Assocciate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Boise State University, Idaho, USA
Publications: IEEE CLOUD14, ACM CCS15, IEEE ICPADS15, Springer KAIS20, and 1 paper 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), Concordia University

Last known: Engineering Director of AI / Principal 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), Concordia University

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), Concordia

Last known: 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), Concordia

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 (49)

Period Name / Program Publication / Thesis / Award
Sept. 2021
~ Sept. 2023
Guillaume Breyton
M.Sc. (CS), McGill University


Last known: DevOps Engineer at Thales, Canada
Publications:
Topic: Neural Inference of Function Names in Stripped Binaries
Award: Best Project Award in GeekPeek 2021 organized by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Ranked 1st out of 16 teams)
Supervisor: B. Fung
Thesis examination:
Examiner: Paria Shirani, University of Ottawa
Sept. 2021
~ Aug. 2023
Dingtao (Josh) Hu
MISt (SIS) - project, McGill University


Last known:
Publications: CONF-IRM22, Sustainability23, GMC23, and SMA23
Topic: Text mining on fashion communication data
Supervisor: B. Fung
May 2023
~ Aug. 2023
Yue Liu
MISt (SIS) - INFS 689, McGill University


Last known:
Topic: Analyzing Twitter Data for Stance Classification
Supervisor: B. Fung
Sept. 2020
~ August 2023
Wael Alhashemi
M.Sc. (CS), McGill University


Last known: Senior Software Developer at Cerence Inc., Canada
Publications:
Topic: CSGraph2Vec: A Distributed Representation Learning approach for Assembly Functions
Supervisor: B. Fung
Thesis examination:
Examiner: Dima Alhadidi, University of Windsor
Jan. 2023
~ Apr. 2023
Jay (Juan) Zhu
MISt. (SIS) - INFS 689, McGill University


Last known: Data Scientist, Xandar Kardian Inc., Canada
Topic: Pre-diagnosis of ARDS with Graph-based approaches
Supervisor: B. Fung
Jan. 2023
~ Apr. 2023
Ying Luo
MISt. (SIS) - INFS 689, McGill University


Last known: Data Analytics & IT Business Analyst Intern, Bombardier, Canada
Topic: Authorship analysis
Supervisor: B. Fung
Sept. 2021
~ Apr. 2023
Jesia Quader Yuki
MISt. (SIS) - project, McGill University


Last known: Adjunct Faculty, Robertson College, Canada
Publications: 1 patent (filed), 1 conference paper  (under review)
Topic: AsmDocGen: generating description for assembly functions
Supervisor: B. Fung
Sept. 2020
~ Dec. 2022
Andy Zhen
M.Sc. (CS), McGill University


Last known:
Publications:
Topic: A semi-supervised deep learning solution to cell registration in video data from calcium imaging studies
Supervisors: T. P. Wong and B. Fung
Thesis examination:
Internal examiner: Sylvain Williams
Sept. 2020
~ Apr. 2022
Jessalyn Hill
MISt (SIS) - project, McGill University


Last known: Market Intelligence Analyst, Dalhousie University, Canada
Topic: Hashtag hijack-tivism: The battle for control of the #WhiteLivesMatter and #ImpeachBidenNow hashtags on Twitter
Award:
- SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) - Master's.
Supervisors: R. Willson and B. Fung
May 2021
~ Aug. 2021
Darragh Liam Feran
MISt. (SIS) - GLIS 689, McGill University


Last known: Data Operations Manager, Ubisoft, Canada
Topic: Deep learning-based financial data regression modeling
Supervisor: B. Fung
May 2020
~ Aug. 2021
Ashita Diwan
M.Sc. (CS), McGill University


Last known: Data Scientist at Manulife, Canada
Publications:
Topic: Representation Learning for Vulnerability Detection on Assembly Code
Supervisor: B. Fung

Thesis examination:
Internal member: D. Varro
Jun. 2020 ~ Aug. 2021 Bowen Yang
M.A.Sc. (Bldg), Concordia University

Last known:
PhD student at University of Alberta, Canada 
Publication: e-Prime 2021
Topic: Real-Time Occupancy Prediction in Residential Building Using Data Mining Techniques
Chair: R. Zmeureanu
Supervisor: F. Haghighat (BCEE)
Co-supervsior: B. Fung
Examiner: R. Zmeureanu
Examiner: M. Nik-Bakht
May 2021
~ Aug. 2021
Maria Tippler
MISt (SIS) - GLIS 689, McGill University


Last known: User Assistance Developer Specialist, SAP, Canada
Topic: Machine learning for face mask detection
Supervisor: B. Fung
Jan. 2020
~ Apr. 2021
Yuzhong Deng
MISt. (SIS) - project


Last known: PhD Student at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Topic: Application of Dangerous Situation Recognition on Home Robot: Fall Detection Based on TEMI Robot
Supervisor: B. Fung
Jan. 2020
~ Apr. 2021
Junjie Wu
MISt. (SIS) - project


Last known: Data Analyst at BC Lottery Corporation, Canada
Topic 1: Mining fashion communication data
Topic 2: Cell registration model vetting tool
Supervisor: B. Fung
Jan. 2020
~ Apr. 2021
Lydia Zhang
MISt. (SIS) - project


Last known: Insights Analyst - Digital Product Analytics at HelloFresh, Canada
Topic: Spam Detection using BERT
Supervisor: B. Fung
May 2020
~ Aug. 2020
Cathy Zhao
MISt. (SIS) - GLIS 689


Last known: Collaboration Tools Product Manag at Telus Health, Canada
Topic: Explainable AI Survey
Supervisor: B. Fung
May 2019
~ Aug. 2020
Qifan Wang
M.Sc. (CS) - thesis

Last known:
Topic: Health Information Network Representation Learning
Supervisor: B. Fung
Thesis examination:
Examiner: R. Rabbany
Jan. 2019
~ Apr. 2020
Adrian Donghan Liu
MISt (SIS) - project

Last known: Software Engineer in Machine Learning at The Globe and Mail, Canada
Topic: Stress Determination using Mouse Hippocampus Activity
Jan. 2019
~ Apr. 2020
Yvan Wang
MISt (SIS) - project

Last known:
Topic: Deep Learning Approaches to Authorship Verification
May 2019 ~ Apr. 2020 Zhaoqi (Zack) Xu
M.Sc. (CS) - project


Last known: Software Engineer II at Fortinet, Ottawa, Canada
Topic: Deep learning-based cell registration method across multiple sessions
Jun. 2018 ~ Nov. 2019 Evan Haohan Bo
M.Sc. (CS) - thesis

Last known: Software Engineer at Coda, Canada
Publications: NAACL-HLT21 and 1 conference paper under review
Thesis: Authorship Anonymization: Differentially-private Text Generation and Writing Style Transfer
Examiner: William L. Hamilton (CS)
Jun. 2018 ~ Aug. 2019 Jiaqi (Allison) Lu
M.Sc. (CS) - thesis

Last known: Software Developer - Data Development at Squarepoint Capital, Canada
Publication: IEEE DSAA20
Thesis: Embedding for anomaly detection on health insurance claims
Examiner: Yue Li (CS)
May 2019
~ Aug. 2019
Dona Maria Absi
MISt (SIS) - project

Last known: Data Team Lead at Zapier, Canada
Topic: Factor analysis of students' performance in online education
Aug. 2018 ~ Aug. 2019 Shanqing (Alice) Zhu
M.Sc.

(CS) - project

Last known: Senior Software Engineer at Flexport, Canada
Topic: Deep learning on McGill theses
Jan. 2019
~ Apr. 2019
Yuanjun (Jessica) Liu
MISt.

(SIS) - GLIS 689

Last known: Senior Data Engineer at Canadian Tire Corporation, Canada
Topic: Image recognition for identifying dangerous situations
Jan. 2019
~ Apr. 2019
Shubham Kalsi
MISt (SIS) - GLIS 689

Last known:  Software Developer II at Lightspeed Commerce, Canada
Topic: Malware classification
 Jan. 2019
~ Apr. 2019
Ismeet Kaur
MISt (SIS) - GLIS 689

Last known: Senior Developer at Simplus, Canada
Topic: Cross-topic authorship analysis
Jan. 2019
~ Apr. 2019
Christine Kim
MISt (SIS) - GLIS 689

Last known: Business Intelligence Developer at Ubisoft, Canada
Topic: News popularity prediction
Jan. 2019
~ Apr. 2019
Lingwei (Linda) He
MISt (SIS) - GLIS 689

Last known: Research Analyst at FLAGDream, USA
Topic: AI-powered solution for carbon footprint estimation on food
Jan. 2017
~ Apr. 2018
Ruowei Wang
MISt (SIS) - project

Last known: Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Twitter, Canada
Topic: Comparing different classifiers for sentiment analysis and topic categorization
Sept. 2016
~ Apr. 2017
Zahra Saeedozakerin
MISt (SIS) - GLIS 689
Topic: Potential security threats in cyber infrastructures of smart cities
Jan. 2013
~ Jan. 2017
Aref Mourtada
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known: Professor and Co-Chair of Computer Science at John Abbott College, Canada
Thesis: Mining Association Rules Events over Data Streams
Committee:
Chair: Assi
Supervisor: Debbabi
Co-supervisor: Fung
Examiner: C. Wang
Examiner: Hamou-Lhadj (ECE)
Jan. 2016
~ Aug. 2016
Kathy Ka Pik Yu
MISt (SIS) - GLIS 689

Last known: Case Manager, eDiscovery Operations at RBC Royal Bank of Canada
Topic: Data Mining on Fashion Communications
Sept. 2012
~ Apr. 2014
Steven H. H. Ding
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known: Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, 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:
IT Specialist 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:
Security Engineer at SkyCope, 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:
Postdoc Fellow at University of New Brunswick, 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:
Senior Machine Engineer at Apple, USA
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:
Advisory 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:
AEM 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:
Quality Assurance Specialist at CADlink Technology Corporation, 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 Developer at Noviflow and Lecturer at Vanier College, 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:
Head of Americas, Security Operations Center & Incident Response Team at Novartis, USA
Thesis: Criminal Network Analysis from Chat Logs
Chair: Glitho
Supervisor: Fung
Examiner: L. Wang
Examiner: Schmitt (CES)
May 2009
~ Aug. 2010
Rabeah Al-Zaidy
M.A.Sc. (ISS)

Last known:
Assistant Professor at King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia
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:
Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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 Undergrduate Students (21)

Period Name / Program Publication / Topic
Sept. 2023
~ Dec. 2023
Gaby Le Bideau
B.Sc. (Joint Honours) (Stats and CS) - COMP 400, McGill University


Last known:
Topic: In-depth Analysis of Software Behavior and Privacy Breaches
Supervisor: B. Fung
Apr.  2023
~ Jun. 2023
Nolwenn Treust
B.Sc. (Informatique), Université de Rennes 1
Topic: Authorship analysis
Jan. 2023
~ Apr. 2023
Younes Hourri
B.Sc. (CS) - COMP 396, McGill University


Last known:
Topic: Firmware analysis
Supervisor: B. Fung
Sept. 2022
~ Dec. 2022
Jing Han Sun
B.Sc. (Joint Honours) (Math and CS) - COMP 400, McGill University


Last known: Master's student at University of Montreal and MILA
Publications:
Topic: Authorship analysis
Supervisor: B. Fung
Jul. 2021
~ Apr. 2022
Alexander Blostein
B.Eng. in Honours in Software Engineering (ECE) - COMP 400,  McGill University

Last known: Software Engineer, Imprint, USA
Topic: Malware analysis
Supervisor: B. Fung
May 2021
~ Dec. 2021
Mikhail Baranchuk
B.Sc. in CS and Statistics, McGill University


Last known: Master's student at Oxford University
Topic: Deep learning for authorship analysis (enhancing StyloMatrix)
Supervisor: B. Fung
Jun. 2021
~ Aug. 2021
Sarvasv Arora
B.A. in CS and Statistics, McGill University


Last known: Software Development Engineering Intern at Amazon, Canada
Topic: Deep learning for authorship analysis (new model)
Supervisor: B. Fung
Jan. 2021
~ Aug. 2021
Tahseen Bin Taj
B.Sc. in CS, McGill University


Last known: Software Engineer, Secureworks, Canada
Topic: Malware analysis
Supervisor: B. Fung
Sept. 2020
~ Apr. 2021
Parastoo Gol Mohammadi
B.Sc. in CS and Psychology, McGill University


Last known: Junior Software Developer at DeFiSafety, Canada
Topic: Identifying neural firing ensembles
Supervisor: B. Fung
Sept. 2020
~ Apr. 2021
Andrei Guevorkian
B.Eng. in ECE, McGill University


Last known: Technical Writer at KNEWPLAY, Canada
ECSE 458D1 Capstone Design Project (3 credits) ECSE 458D2 Capstone Design Project (3 credits)

Topic: Static and Dynamic Malware Analysis and Classification
Supervisor: B. Fung
Sept. 2020
~ Apr. 2021
Heehyun Aaron Jang
B.Eng. in ECE, McGill University


Last known: Software Developer in Government of Canada
ECSE 458D1 Capstone Design Project (3 credits) ECSE 458D2 Capstone Design Project (3 credits)

Topic: Static and Dynamic Malware Analysis and Classification
Supervisor: B. Fung
Apr.  2020
~ Jun. 2020
Nolan Gloux
B.Sc. (Informatique), Université de Rennes 1
Topic: Machine learning on assembly code
Sept.  2019
~ Apr. 2020
Jenny Long
B.Sc. (Physics & CS), McGill University

Last known:
M.Sc. Associate (Software Strategy Group (SSG) Practice) at EY-Parthenon, USA
Publications: SOBP21 ans JPN22

Topic: Neural Signal Firings
Jul.  2019
~ Aug. 2019
Shuyao (Gloria Tan
B.Sc. (CS), Hong Kong Baptist University

Last known:
Software Development Engineer at Amazon Web Services, USA
Topic: Machine Learning on Electronic Health Records
May  2019
~ Aug. 2019
Jean-Yves Djamen-Kepaou
B.Sc. (CS and Stats), McGill University

Award: NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)
Topic: Data Mining on Neural Signals
Jun.  2019
~ Jul. 2019
Yinzhao Yan
B.Sc. (CS), Hong Kong Baptist University
Topic: Classification Analysis
Sept. 2017
~ Dec. 2017
Arnaud Massenet
B.Sc. (CS), McGill University

Last known:
Quantitative Researcher, Squarepoint Capital, France
Topic: Stylometric Analysis for Authorship Analysis

COMP 396 Undergraduate research project
May  2017
~ Aug. 2017
Tuo (Stella) Yu
B.Sc. (CS), McGill University

Award: NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

Last known: Software Developer 2 at Amazon, Canada
Topic: Data Mining on Fashion Communications
Jun. 2017
~ Jul. 2017
Shiying (Sherry) Li
B.Sc. (CS), Hong Kong Baptist University

Last known: Software Engineer at Airbnb, USA
Topic: Representation learning on patient records
May  2016
~ Aug. 2016
Trevor Braun
B.A. (Hon.)
(Economics & History), McGill University


Award:
2016 Arts Research Internship Awards (ARIA)

Last known:
Senior Data Scientist at Instacart, USA
Publications: 7 articles in World Economic Forum (WEF) 2016

Topic: Cybersecurity
Jan. 2015
~ Dec. 2015
Alexia Yeo
H.B.Sc. (Math and Physics), McGill University

Award: NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

Last known:
Vice President, Wealth Management Technology at Morgan Stanley, Canada
Publication: T&F JICR16
Topic: Data Mining on Fashion Communications

Former Research Assistants (10)

Period Name / Program Publication / Topic
Jan. 2023 ~ Apr. 2023 Ellen Taylor
RA, McGill University


Last known: Youth Program Consultant at International Telecommunication Union, United Nations
Publication: 1 op-ed.
Topic: Foreign Interference and Disinformation Campaigns in Canada
Supervisor: B. Fung
Dec. 2022 ~ Mar. 2023 Thiora Meegammana
RA, McGill University


Last known:
Publication: 1 book chapter
Topic: China’s Weaponization of Disinformation to Undermine Democracy in the Free World
Supervisor: B. Fung
Sept. 2021 ~ Aug. 2022 Sze-Fung Lee
RA, McGill University


Last known:
Publications: 7 op-eds
Topic: Cybersecurity in International Relations
Supervisor: B. Fung
Sept.  2018 ~ Aug. 2019 Rong Wang
Ph.D. (IST), Southwest Jiaotong University

Last known:
Publications: Elsevier KBS20, Elsevier INS21
Topic: Differential privacy
May 2017
~ Aug. 2018
Rajat Bhateja
MISt (SIS), McGill University

Last known:
Product Analyst at Just Eat Takeaway.com, Canada
[Topic 1] Semantic, context analysis and visualization of McGill theses data using word2vec; [Topic 2] Retrieving similar tweets for crime investigation via representation learning

- Computational Research Fellowship from McGill Library
Jan. 2017
~ Apr. 2018
Tyler Kolody
MISt (SIS), McGill University

Last known: Chief Scientist, Synthminds.AI, USA
Publication: WEF17
Topic: Matching patient records with relevant research using word vectors
Sept.  2016
~ Aug. 2017
Trevor Braun
M.A. (Economics), McGill University

Last known:
Senior Data Scientist at Instacart, USA
Publication: Elsevier SCS18

Topic: Security and Privacy Challenges in Smart Cities
Sept. 2016
~ Feb. 2017
Daniel Tweed
M.Eng. (ECE), McGill University

Last known: Software Engineering Manager at Hinge Health, Canada
Topic: Demonstration of a Secure Credential Transfer Protocol [Software on GitHub]
Nov. 2014
~ Jun. 2015
Hailey Wyman
Graduate Diploma (Communication Studies), Concordia University

Last known: User Services Librarian, Seneca College
Topic: Government and Cloud Computing: A Policy Perspective
Jun. 2014
~ Mar. 2015
Jimin Guo,
PhD Student (Experimental Medicine), McGill University

Last known:
Research Officer at National Research Council of Canada
Publication: Springer ISF17

Topic: Revealing determinant factors for early breast cancer recurrence

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 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

I also served in the following supervisory/examining committees.

Name Program Thesis (Role) Date
Rahma Nouaji
(Supervisor: Oana Balmau)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University TBD (Supervisory Committee Member) Jan. 2024 ~
Sogol Masoumzadeh
(Supervisors: Daniel Varro and Shane McIntosh)
Ph.D. (ECE), McGill University TBD (Supervisory Committee Member) Oct. 2020 ~
Jeffrey Blum
(Supervisor: Jeremy Cooperstock)
Ph.D. (ECE), McGill University TBD (Supervisory Committee Member) Jan. 2014 ~
Yue Dong
(Supervisor: Jackie Cheung)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University TBD (Supervisory Committee) Jun. 2022 ~
Haolun Wu
(Supervisor: Xue Liu)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University TBD (Supervisory Committee Member) Jan. 2022 ~
Amin Azmoodeh
(Supervisor: Ali Dehghantanha)
Ph.D. (CS), University of Guelph A Framework to Enhance Security and Safety of Deep Learning Models Against Out-of-Distribution Examples (Extneral Examiner) Jan. 2024
Sitao Luan
(Supervisors: Xiao-Wen Chang and Doina Precup)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University Addressing the Limitations of Graph Neural Networks on Node-level Tasks (Pro-Dean) Nov. 2023
Jonathan Arsenault
(Supervisor: James R. Forbes)
Ph.D. (ME), McGill University Quantitative Analysis of Hockey Using Spatiotemporal Tracking Data (Pro-Dean) Nov. 2023
Martin Pömsl
(Supervisor: Jackie Cheung)
M.Sc. (CS), McGill University Evaluating the Integration of Pretrain-Time and Inference-Time Knowledge in LLM-based NLU Systems (External Examiner) Nov. 2023
Fatima Zahra Errounda
(Supervisor: Yan Liu)
Ph.D. (ECE), Concordia University Adaptive Differential Privacy for Decentralized Mobility Data Sharing and Forecasting (External Examiner) Oct. 2023
Jikun Kang (Supervisors: Xue Liu) Ph.D. (CS), McGill University Enhancing Deep Reinforcement Learning: Methods and Applications for Real-world Challenges (External Examiner) Oct. 2023
Nikolai Jannik Podlesny (Supervisors: Christoph Meinel and Anne Kayem) Ph.D. (Digital Engineering), Hasso Plattner Institut, University of Potsdam, Germany Quasi-Identifier Discovery to Prevent Privacy Violating Inferences in Large High Dimensional Datasets (External Examiner) Aug. 2021 ~ Jan. 2023
Vera Granikov
(Supervisors: France Bouthillier and Pierre Pluye)
Ph.D. (SIS), McGill University Factors and Outcomes of Collaborative Information Monitoring (Chair representative) Dec. 2022
Daniele Menezes Nascimento
(Supervisor: Kimiz Dalkir)
Ph.D. (SIS), McGill University Exploring Mobile Civic Technologies in Brazil - A Thematic Analysis (Internal examiner) Apr. 2022
Jing Rao
(Supervisors: Raja Sengupta and Griet Vankeerberghen)
M.Sc. (Geography), McGill University Using Dynamic Web Maps and Agent-Based Models to Explore Facets of Western Han History (Internal Examiner) Mar. 2022
Jad Kabbara
(Supervisor: Jackie Cheung)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University Computational investigations of presupposition effects in language (Internal Examiner) Mar. 2022
Maziar Gomrokchi
(Supervisor: Doina Precup)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University On Privacy for Reinforcement Learning Algorithms (Internal Examiner) Jan. 2022
Anton Gladyr
(Supervisor: John Kildea)
M.Sc. (CS), McGill University Design and development of a secure and patient-controlled system for data donation in the Opal patient portal app (Examiner) Dec. 2021
Keheliya Gallaba
(Supervisor: Shane McIntosh)
Ph.D. (ECE), McGill University Improving the Robustness and Efficiency of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (Supervisory Committee Member) 2016 ~ Dec. 2021
Afroza Sultana
(Supervisor: Karyn Moffatt)
Ph.D. (SIS), McGill University Understanding age-related selection difficulties with touch input (Supervisory Committee Member & Internal Examiner) 2015 ~ Dec. 2021
Suzanne Moody
(Supervisors: Cecily Raynor and Andrew Piper)
M.A. (DH), McGill University Modelling sentiment and topics in letters written by 19th century immigrants in North America (Supervisory Committee Member) Sept. 2018 ~ Aug. 2021
Chong Xiao Wang
(Supervisor: Wee Peng Tay)
Ph.D. (EEE), Nanyang Technological University Privacy Preservation for Linear and Learning Based Inference Systems (External Examiner) Jun. 2021
Chen Ma
(Supervisor: Xue Liu)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University Towards Effective Recommendation: Neural Networks and Adaptive Learning (Internal Examiner) Jun. 2021
Jason Runge
(Supervisor: Radu Zmeureanu)
Ph.D. (Bldg), Concordia University Short-term Forecasting for the Electrical Demand of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems (External Examiner) Apr. 2021
Banafsheh Asadi
(Supervisor: C. A. Julien)
Ph.D. (SIS), McGill University Comparison of social tags and controlled vocabulary terms assigned to images: A feasibility study of computer-assisted image indexing (Supervisory Committee Member) 2016 ~ Apr. 2021
Koffi Eddy Ihou
(Supervisor: Nizar Bouguila)
Ph.D. (ISE), Concordia University Extensions to the Latent Dirichlet Allocation Topic Model Using Flexible Priors (External Examiner) Dec. 2020
Seyedeh Maryam Sharifi Rad
(Supervisor: Ching Y. Suen)
Ph.D. (CS), Concordia University PrFA: A Framework for Image-based Counterfeit Coin Detection Using Pruned Fuzzy Associative Classifier  (Examiner) Oct. 2020
Joseph Rafla
(Supervisor: Stefan Sinclair)
M.A. (DH), McGill University Visualizing language in Hollywood screenplays (Supervisory Committee Member) Sept. 2016 ~ April 2020
Qinglong Wang
(Supervisor: Xue Liu)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University Towards adversarial robustness of feed-forward and recurrent neural networks (External Examiner) Dec. 2019
Puneet Kaur Sidhu
(Supervisors: G. Mussbacher and S. McIntosh)
M.Eng. (ECE), McGill University A Reusable Concern for Travis CI Specifications (Examiner) Jul. 2019
Fiona Vanessa Allum-Bordage
(Supervisor: E. Grundberg)
Ph.D. (Human Genetics), McGill University Capturing epigenomes at high-resolution for insight into genome function and metabolic disease (Pro-Dean) June. 2019
Qing Zou
(Supervisor: E. Park)
Ph.D. (SIS), McGill University The Representation of Archival Descriptions: An Ontological Approach (Supervisory Committee Member & Internal Examiner) Apr. 2019
Dang Pham Hai Nguyen
(Supervisor: Wei Luo)
Ph.D. (IT), Deakin University, Australia Representation Learning in Complex Data via Pattern Discovery (External Examiner) Jul. 2018
Mohammad Gias Uddin
(Supervisors: F. Khombh and J. Waldispühl)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University Automatic Summarization of API Artifacts from Informal Documentation (Internal Examiner) Mar. 2018
Muhammad Yousuf Ahmad
(Supervisor: Bettina Kemme)
Ph.D. (CS), McGill University Adapting Distributed Key-Value Datastores for Online Transaction Processing (External Member) 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
Yasser Jafer
(Supervisor: Stan Matwin)
Ph.D. (ECE), University of Ottawa Task Oriented Privacy-preserving (TOP) Technologies Using Automatic Feature Selection (External Examiner) Nov. 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:

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