Bogdan Carbunar

Assistant Professor
School of Computing and Information Sciences
Florida International University
Office: ECS 310
Email: carbunar at cs dot fiu dot edu.



I am an assistant professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at FIU in Miami. My research interests are in privacy and security issues in online (geo)social networks (e.g., fake review detection, private location-centric aggregates, location verification), caching in content distribution networks of video on demand providers, private data and computation outsourcing, electronic payments.

Here is the Cyber Security and Privacy Lab.

Selected Recent Publications

  • [SIAM SDM] Turning the Tide: Curbing Deceptive Yelp Behaviors
    Mahmudur Rahman, Bogdan Carbunar, Jaime Ballesteros, George Burri, Duen Horng (Polo) Chau.
    Accepted in the SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM), Philadelphia, April 2014. [pdf]

  • [ACSAC] Seeing is Not Believing: Visual Verifications through Liveness Analysis using Mobile Devices
    Mahmudur Rahman, Umut Topkara, Bogdan Carbunar.
    In Proceedings of the 29th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) [acceptance rate=19%], New Orleans, December 2013. [pdf]

  • [IEEE TPDS] Towards Safe Cities: A Mobile and Social Networking Approach
    Jaime Ballesteros, Bogdan Carbunar, Mahmudur Rahman, Naphtali Rishe, S.S. Iyengar.
    Accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), 2013. [pdf] [supplemental material]

    Please see here for a complete list.

    Students -- alphabetical ordering :)

    Current batch
        Mahmudur Rahman
        Mozhgan Azimpurkivi
        Mizanur Rahman

    Former students
        George Burri. Now at Jive Software
        Madhusudan Banik. Degree: M.S. First position: Eden Rock Communications
        Yuanzhen Gu. Degree: M.S. Now Ph.D. student at Rutgers University


    Spring 2014
  • CIS5372: Foundations of Computer Security: Professional MSIT Edition
  • CIS5372: Foundations of Computer Security
  • CIS5373: Systems Security

    Fall 2013
  • CIS5374: Information Security and Privacy
    Spring 2013
  • CIS5372: Foundations of Computer Security: Online Edition
    Fall 2012
  • CIS5372: Foundations of Computer Security
  • CNT4403: Computer Security
    Spring 2012
  • CIS5374: Information Security and Privacy
    Fall 2011
  • CIS5372: Foundations of Computer Security


  • Marco: Detecting Fraudulent Behaviors in Yelp

  • FitLock: Attacks and Defenses for a Health Monitoring Device

  • iSafe: Context Aware Public Safety
  • Secure and Private Data Outsourcing
  • Where-Fi
  • Conditional Electronic Payments
  • Coverage in Sensor Networks and RFID Systems


    I am or have been involved with the following venues: IEEE LCN 2014 (Publicity Chair), INSCRYPT 2013, CANS 2013, ICICS 2013, IEEE ICDCS 2013, IEEE CCNC 2013, Inscrypt 2012, IEEE ICPADS 2012, IEEE SICK, ISOC NDSS 2012, CCSocialComp 2011, ACM STC 2011, IEEE ICME 2011, ACM CCSW 2010, ACM STC 2010, ACM SAC 2010, FC 2010, CoSec 2009, ACM STC 2009, ACM CCSW 2009, IEEE NPSec 2009, IEEE NPSec 2008, FC 2008 (Poster Chair), MODUS 2008, IEEE NPSec 2007, Inscrypt 2007

    PERSONAL: I am Bogdan Carbunar. Like everyone else.

    Things I like:

  • Windsurfing, swimming, biking.
  • I can read. Anything from cereal boxes, labels, traffic signals to fiction (e.g., Greene, Maugham, Mann, Pagnol, Saki).
  • Music. A bit of P. Floyd, J. Coltrane, Corelli among many others.
      Despite seeming evidence to the contrary, I do NOT have a YouTube account :)
  • Former interests include spelunking (caving), jumping from small bridges, biking on snow and camping in severely under-provisioned tents (in terms of temperature and overall comfort).