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Research Interests

  • Big Data: decentralized OSNs, traffic fingerprinting, graph data mining, network visualization
  • Complex networks: biological networks, social networks, information networks, infrastructure networks, technological networks
  • Cybersecurity: anonymizer technologies, digital currencies, cloud security, smart grid security
  • Internet of Things: privacy, network protocols, healthcare systems, smart grid
  • Internet measurements: Internet topology, Internet modeling, network sampling, synthetic graph generation


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DoD AFHSC: Modeling the 2014 Ebola Outbreak to Forecast the Infection Spread (senior-personnel, completed)
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UNR COEN: Capacity building for UNR Cybersecurity Center Training and Research (co-PI)
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UNR COEN: Enhancing the Networking Lab with Raspberry PIs (PI, completed)
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UNR: Deploying a Reconfigurable Network Lab (PI, completed)

Research Group

Current Members


Esra Erdin
Esra Erdin, PhD candidate
"Decentralizing online social networks"
Muhammed Abdullah Canbaz
Muhammed Abdullah Canbaz
"Internet topology mapping"
Ahmet Aksoy
Ahmet Aksoy

"Network traffic fingerprinting"
Khalid Bakhshaliyev
Khalid Bakhshaliyev
"Big data processing"


Jay Thom
Jay Thom
"Data analytics"
Mustafa Solmaz
Mustafa Solmaz,
co-advisor Dr Yuksel
"Network Management"



Mehmet Burak Akgun
Mehmet Burak Akgun

"Dual Layer Scale-Free Network Topology Synthesis"
Dec 2014
Bingdong Li
Bingdong Li

"Network Security Monitoring and Analysis based on Big Data Technologies"
Aug 2013, co-advisor Dr Bebis
Hakan Kardes
Hakan Kardes

"A Graph Theoretic Perspective on Internet Topology Mapping"
Dec 2012


Eric Klukovich
Eric Klukovich
"POSN: A Cloud Based Privacy Preserving Decentralized Personal Online Social Network"
May 2015
Manoj Kumar Popuri
Manoj Kumar Popuri
"Complex Network Analysis of Crypto Currencies"
Dec 2015
Ibrahim Ethem Coskun
Ibrahim Ethem Coskun
"Efficient Large Scale Network Topology Measurement"
Dec 2015
Hayrettin Ceker
Hayrettin Ceker
"Secure Communication in the Smart Grid"
Aug 2013
Christopher Zachor
Christopher Zachor
"An Assessment of Current Attacks on Anonymous Networks"
May 2012, co-advisor Dr Bebis
Esra Erdin
Esra Erdin
"Anonymous Communication Systems: Usage Analysis and Attack Mechanisms"
May 2012, co-advisor Dr Bebis
Guoxun Tian
Guoxun Tian
"Complex Network Analysis of Ozone Transport"
May 2012
Engin Arslan
Engin Arslan
"Network Management Game"
Aug 2011, co-advisor Dr Yuksel
Jeffrey Naruchitparames
Jeffrey Naruchitparames
"Enhancing the Privacy of Data Communications within Information-Sensitive Systems"
May 2011
Hema Andal Jayaprakash Narayanan
Hema Andal Jayaprakash Narayanan
"Ensuring Access Control in Cloud Provisioned Healthcare Systems"
Dec 2010
Hakan Kardes
Hakan Kardes
Graph Data Mining to Construct Sampled Internet Topology Maps"
Dec 2010
David Shelley
David Shelley
"Interactive Internet Visualization from the Inside of a Sphere"
Dec 2010
Talha Oz
Talha Oz
"Cheleby: Internet Topology Collection System"
Dec 2010


Douglas Yan
Douglas Yan, 2014-2016
Jay Thom
Jay Thom, 2014-2015
Eric Klukovich
Eric Klukovich, 2013-2014
Travis Swoger
Travis Swoger, 2013-2014
James Bridegum
James Bridegum, 2013-2014
Matt Radford
Matt Radford, 2013
Adam Pribyl
Adam Pribyl, 2011-2012
Joseph Markman
Joseph Markman, 2011-2012
Christopher Stowe
Christopher Stowe, 2011-2012


Davut Ucar
Davut Ucar, 2015
Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
Bei Chen
Bei Chen, 2013-2014
Southwest University of Finance and Economics, China
Burak Coskun
Burak Coskun, 2013
Bosporus University, Turkey
Orhan Burak Bozan
Orhan Burak Bozan, 2012
Bosporus University, Turkey


Select Publications

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2015 201420132012201120102009


  1. Esra Erdin, Chris Zachor, and Mehmet Hadi Gunes, "How to Find Hidden Users: A Survey of Attacks on Anonymity Networks", IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, 17(4), 2296-2316, 2015
  2. Esra Erdin, Eric Klukovich, Mehmet Hadi Gunes, and Gurhan Gunduz, "POSN: A Personal Online Social Network", 30th International Information Security and Privacy Conference, Hamburg, Germany, May 26-28, 2015
  3. Mehmet Hadi Gunes, Murat Yuksel, and Hayreddin Ceker, "A Blind Processing Framework to Facilitate Openness in Smart Grid Communications", Elsevier Computer Networks 86:14-26, 2015 (earlier version presented at IFIP/IEEE NOMS International Workshop on Management of Smart Grids, 2010)
  4. Engin Arslan, Murat Yuksel, and Mehmet Hadi Gunes, "Training Network Administrators in a Game-Like Environment", Journal of Network and Computer Applications, 53:14-23, 2015 (earlier version appeared at ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, 2013)
  5. Hakan Kardes, Mehmet Hadi Gunes and Kamil Sarac "Graph Based Induction of Unresponsive Routers in Internet Topologies", Elsevier Computer Networks, 81:178-200, 2015 (earlier version presented at IEEE INFOCOM, Phoenix, AZ, April 15-17 2008 - acceptance rate: 20.3%)


  1. Hakan Kardes, Abdullah Sevincer, Mehmet Hadi Gunes and Murat Yuksel "Complex Network Analysis of Research Funding: A Case Study of NSF Grants", State of the Art Applications of Social Network Analysis, 163-187, 2014. (earlier version presented at IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM 2012), Istanbul, Turkey, 26-29 Aug, 2012 - acceptance rate: ~25%)


  1. BingDong Li, Esra Erdin, Mehmet Hadi Gunes, George Bebis, and Todd Shipley, "An Overview of Anonymity Technology Usage", Computer Communications, 36(12): 1269-1283, 2013. (earlier version presented at 3rd COST TMA International Workshop on Traffic Monitoring and Analysis, Vienna, Austria, April 27, 2011 - acceptance rate: 34.4%)
  2. BingDong Li, Jeff Springer, George Bebis, and Mehmet Hadi Gunes, "A Survey of Network Flow Applications", Journal of Network and Computer Applications, 36(2):567-581, 2013
  3. Andrew Dittrich, Mehmet Hadi Gunes and Sergiu Dascalu "Network Analysis of Software Repositories: Identifying Subject Matter Experts", Studies in Computational Intelligence: Complex Networks 424:187-198, 2013. (presented at 3rd Workshop on Complex Networks, Melbourne, FL, Mar 7-9, 2012 - acceptance rate: 25%)
  4. Daniel Ramos, Mehmet Hadi Gunes, Donica Mensing and David M. Ryfe "Mapping Emerging News Networks: A Case Study of the San Francisco Bay Area", Studies in Computational Intelligence: Complex Networks 424:237-244, 2013. (presented at 3rd Workshop on Complex Networks, Melbourne, FL, Mar 7-9, 2012)
  5. Mehmet Burak Akgun and Mehmet Hadi Gunes "Impact of Multi-Access Links on the Internet Topology Modeling", IEEE International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (MASCOTS 2013), San Francisco, CA, Aug 14-16, 2013.


  1. Hasan Tarik Karaoglu, Mehmet Burak Akgun, Mehmet Hadi Gunes, and Murat Yuksel "Multi Path Considerations for Anonymized Routing: Challenges and Opportunities", IFIP International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security, Istanbul, Turkey, May 7-10, 2012.
  2. David Shelley and Mehmet Hadi Gunes, "GerbilSphere: Inner Sphere Network Visualization", ComNet Complex Dynamic Networks: Tools and Methods, 56(3):1016-1028, Feb 2012.
  3. Hakan Kardes, Talha Oz, and Mehmet Hadi Gunes "Cheleby: A Subnet-level Internet Topology Mapping System", 4th International Conference on COMmunication Systems and NETworkS (COMSNETS), Banglore, India, Jan 3-7, 2012 (acceptance rate: 27.9%).


  1. Jeffrey Naruchitparames, Mehmet Hadi Gunes and Sushil Louis, "Friend Recommendations in Social Networks using Genetic Algorithms and Network Topology", IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, New Orleans, LA, June 5-8, 2011.
  2. Jeffrey Naruchitparames, Mehmet Hadi Gunes and Cansin Y. Evrenosoglu, "Secure Communications in the Smart Grid", IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference Session on Smart Grids, Las Vegas, NV, Jan 9-12, 2011 (acceptance rate: 31.1%).
  3. Hema Andal Jayaprakash Narayanan and Mehmet Hadi Gunes, "Ensuring Access Control in Cloud Provisioned Healthcare Systems", IEEE International Workshop on Consumer eHealth Platforms, Services and Applications, Las Vegas, NV, Jan 8, 2011.


  1. Adrienne E. Breland, Mehmet Hadi Gunes, Karen A. Schlauch, and Frederick C. Harris "Mixing Patterns in a Global Influenza A Virus Network Using Whole Genome Comparisons", IEEE Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CIBCB 2010), Montreal, Canada, May 2-5, 2010.


  1. Mehmet Hadi Gunes and Kamil Sarac, "Resolving IP aliases in Building Traceroute-Based Internet Maps", IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 17(6):1738-1751, Dec 2009. (earlier version presented at IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2006), Istanbul, TURKEY, 11-15 June 2006 - acceptance rate: 39.0%)
  2. Kakajan Komurov, Mehmet Hadi Gunes, and Michael A. White, "Fine-scale dissection of functional protein network organization by statistical network analysis", PLoS ONE 4(6), June 2009.


CPE 400/600 Computer Communication Networks

ISO model, protocol layers, circuit/packet switching, sockets, reliable transport, congestion control, routing, addressing, switching, multiple access, error correction, coding, and digital modulation.

Fall 2008, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

CPE 401/601 Computer Network Systems

Packet switching, routing, congestion control, network layer, internet, transport layer, sessions, FTP, telnet, rlogin, SMTP, NFS, NetBIOS, WWW, security, data compression.

Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

CS 302 Data Structures

Data structures and algorithms fundamental to computer science; abstract data-type concepts; measures of program running time and time complexity; algorithm analysis and design techniques.

Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2015

CPE 446/646 Principles of Operating Systems

Concurrent processes, interprocess communication, processor management, virtual and real memory management, deadlock, file systems, disk management, performance issues, case studies. Practical experience with UNIX.

Spring 2009

CS 491/691 Special Topics on Social Networks

Fall 2016

CS 450/650 Fundamentals of Integrated Computer Security

Network security, database and system security, access control, policy and ethics development, attacks, and counter attack measures, security tools and malicious code, current trends and research. Projects completed in a high level language.

Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

CS 765 Complex Networks

Theory and modeling: biological, information, social and technological networks. Network models: scale-free, small-world, power-law. Processes on networks: epidemics, resilience, search.

Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2014



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Dr. Mehmet Hadi Gunes
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