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. I direct the CaSPR Lab, where we build secure and private solutions for distributed systems. Current interests include fraud and abuse detection in online systems, mobile authentication and cryptocurrencies.

Some Recent Publications

  • [IEEE TMC] Video Liveness for Citizen Journalism: Attacks and Defenses
    Mahmudur Rahman, Mozhgan Azimpourkivi, Umut Topkara, Bogdan Carbunar.
    Accepted in the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), 2017. [pdf]

  • [PETS] Hardening Stratum, the Bitcoin Pool Mining Protocol
    Ruben Recabarren, Bogdan Carbunar.
    Accepted in the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), Minneapolis, July 2017. [pdf]

  • [IEEE TKDE] Search Rank Fraud and Malware Detection in Google Play
    Mahmudur Rahman, Mizanur Rahman, Bogdan Carbunar, Duen Horng Chau.
    Accepted in the IEEE Transactions of Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), 2017. [pdf]

    Complete list.

    Selected Projects

    Fraudulent Yelp Star Fraud and Malware Detection in Social Networks
    Movee Liveness Verifications for Mobile Data
    SensCrypt Secure Protocols for Low Power Fitness Trackers


  • Nicholas D. Georganas Best Paper Award 2014, for the paper "A Framework for Network Aware Caching for Video on Demand Systems", from ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing Communications and Applications (TOMCCAP).

  • Best student paper award for the paper "Turning the Tide: Curbing Deceptive Yelp Behaviors" from SIAM SDM 2014.

  • Best paper award for the paper "Yelp Events. Making Bricks Without Clay?" from IEEE HotPOST 2013.


    Current students
        Mozhgan Azimpurkivi (co-advised with Umut Topkara)
        Md Mizanur Rahman
        Nestor G. Hernandez (co-advised with Leonardo Bobadilla)
    Sajedul Talukder
        Rubén Recabarren

    Former students
        Mahmudur Rahman, Ph.D., December 2015, First employer: IBM Watson
        George Burri. M.S., First employer: Jive Software
        Madhusudan Banik. M.S. First employer: Eden Rock Communications
        Yuanzhen Gu. M.S. Now Ph.D. student at Rutgers University


    List of current and past courses.


    I am or have been involved with the following venues (as TPC member, unless specified differently): IEEE LCN 2016, HotPOST 2016, IoTPTS 2016, WESS 2015, IEEE CloudCom 2015, NSS 2015, IEEE LCN 2015, ISC 2014, WESS 2014, ICCVE 2014, IEEE LCN 2014 (Publicity Chair), INSCRYPT 2013, CANS 2013, ICICS 2013, IEEE ICDCS 2013, IEEE CCNC 2013, WESS 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