Shamik Sengupta

Shamik Sengupta

Professor; Ralph E. and Rose A. Hoeper Professor; Executive Director, Cybersecurity Center

Dr. Shamik Sengupta is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Executive Director of the Cybersecurity Center at University of Nevada, Reno.

His research interests include cognitive radio and DSA networks, game theory, cybersecurity, network economics and self-configuring wireless mesh networks.

He has authored over 100 international conferences and journal publications. He is the recipient of an IEEE GLOBECOM 2008 best paper award, and an International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems 2017 best paper award. He is the recipient of NSF CAREER award in 2012 and the University's CSE Best Researcher award in 2015-2016 and 2017-2018.

Shamik serves on the organizing and technical program committee of several IEEE conferences. He is serving in the Editorial Boards of several journals. For more information, please visit Dr. Sengupta's website

  • Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 2007
  • B.E., Jadavpur University, India, 2002

Prospective students

Graduate students/undergraduate students with a high motivation for research and a strong mathematical background and/or a strong systems development background are always welcome to apply.

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Research interests

Wireless networking  and mobile computing

  • Unmanned Autonomous Systems
  • Cognitive radio
  • Dynamic spectrum access (DSA)
  • D2D communications
  • Interoperable networks
  • Testbed implementation
  • Network design and performance analysis
  • Cross-layer protocol optimization
  • Wireless mobile mesh
  • Sensor networks


  • Security and privacy in cybersecurity information exchange
  • Game theory in cybersecurity
  • Machine learning in cybersecurity
  • Network security
  • Covert communications
  • Malicious node sensing/detection
  • Anomaly detection
  • Honeypot
  • Spectrum fingerprinting
  • Anti-jamming mechanism design
  • UAV security

Interdisciplinary Research

  • Applied game theory
  • Evolutionary game theory
  • Economic theory
  • Probability
  • Stochastic process
  • Anthropology & human-society inspired evolutionary models
  • Behavioral dynamics