Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu

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Associate Professor

Director, UTD Data Security and Privacy Lab

University of Texas at Dallas

muratk at utdallas . edu

Visiting Scholar at Harvard University

Research Interests

My research focuses on creating technologies that can efficiently extract useful information from any data without sacrificing privacy or security. Recently I have been working on security and privacy issues raised by data mining, privacy issues in social networks, security issues in databases, privacy issues in health care, applied cryptography for data security, risk and incentive issues in assured information sharing, use of data mining for fraud detection, botnet detection and homeland security. Please visit UTD Data Security and Privacy Lab's web page for more details related to our research and publicly available software. In addition, please see the following interview for a summary of our recent research results. More information on cyber security related activities at UT Dallas, please see the UT Dallas Cyber Security Research and Education Institute web page.

Please also see the following news articles that mention our research or views on data security and privacy: Boston Globe, ABC News, GenomeWeb,  ACM News, Network World, The Huffington Post, Dallas Morning News, KDAF-TV Channel 33(1)(Social network privacy related), KDAF-TV Channel 33 (2) (CyberStalking related), CBS 11 TV, Processor.com,  Labmanager.com, Marketsforgood.org

Please also see the conferences that I am involved with

Research Grants

My research has been supported by grants from NSF including NSF CAREER award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, ONR, NSA, and NIH. Please see my research funding information page for more details related to our research grants.


For publication information, please visit the following page [Publications].


Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

        Ph.D., Computer Science, Advisor: Chris Clifton, August 2005

        Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics, May 2005.

        M.S., Computer Science, May 2002.

METU Ankara, Turkey

B.S., Computer Engineering with Minor in Finance, June 2000


For biographical and historical information, please see my NSF style CV [pdf]


For information on courses that I teach, please visit the following web page  [Teaching]

Current Ph.D. Students

  • Yasmeen Alufaisan
  • Erman Pattuk
  • Jyothsna Rachapalli  (co-advising with Prof. Thuraisingham)
  • Harichandan Roy
  • Fahad Shaon
  • Huseyin Ulusoy


  • Saiful Islam (Ph.D.)
    • Thesis title: Security Issues Due to Outsourcing Sensitive Data to the Untrusted Remote Server
    • Graduation year: May 2014, First Employer: Microsoft
  • Vaibhav Khadilkar  (co-advised with Prof. Thuraisingham
    • Thesis title:Assured Information Sharing Using the Cloud
    • Graduation year: December 2013, First Employer: NutraSpace LLC  
  • Mehmet Kuzu (Ph.D.)
    • Thesis title: Practical Privacy Preserving Record Integration and Search
    • Graduation year: August 2013, First Employer: Google
  • Robert Nix (Ph.D.)
    • Thesis title: Efficient incentive compatible secure data sharing
    • Graduation year: December 2012, First Employer: Lipscomb University
  • Raymond Heatherly (Ph.D.)
    • Thesis title: Privacy-preserving social network analysis
    • Graduation year: August 2011, First Employer: Vanderbilt University
  • Mustafa Canim (Ph.D.)
    • Thesis title: Exploiting modern hardware for secure data management
    • Graduation year: May 2011, First Employer: IBM Watson Research Center
  • Ali Inan (Ph.D.)
    • Thesis title: A hybrid approach to private record linkage
    • Graduation year: August 2010, First Employer: Isik University
  • Ryan Layfield (Ph.D.) (co-advised with Prof. Thuraisingham)
    • Thesis title: Using game theory to mitigate the effects of a bioterrorist attack.
    • Graduation year: 2008, First Employer: Cisco
  • Li Liu (Ph.D.) (co-advised with Prof. Thuraisingham)  
    • Thesis title: Perturbation based privacy preserving data mining techniques for real-world data.
    • Graduation Year: 2008, First Employer: Ebay
  • Ankit Malhotra (M.S.)
    • Thesis title: Privacy preserving Data Stores for Mobile Platforms
    • Graduation year: May 2014, First Employer: Verizon
  • Abhijith Shastry (M.S.)
    • Thesis title: Behavioral analysis resistant malware for mobile phones
    • Graduation year: August 2011, First Employer: Google
  • Jack Lindamood (M.S.)
    • Thesis title: Privacy preserving methods in social networking data
    • Graduation Year: 2008, First Employer: Facebook

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