Cybersecurity and Network Systems

Network cables

Our research focuses on various aspects of computer and communication networks (both in wired and wireless domains) and enabling secure and efficient use of cyberspace from technical, economic and social standpoints. Additionally, we investigate complex networks ranging from social networks to biological networks.

Faculty conduct research into wireline networking areas such as network architectures and economics, network measurement and management, peer-to-peer networks, edge computing, and cloud computing to improve the Internet and other networking experiences.

In wireless networking, faculty conduct research on traditional wireless networking issues as well as UAV ad hoc/mesh networks, cognitive radio, wireless sensors and Internet of things to make better use of network infrastructure and accommodate growing demand for high-speed mobile networking.

In the cybersecurity area, faculty conduct research on cyber-physical systems, network security, system reliability, interdisciplinary cybersecurity, virtual machines, operating systems, power systems, control systems, Internet of things, smart grid and cloud computing security. Research areas also focus on privacy, anonymization, and blind processing issues as well as digital forensics and traffic fingerprinting to protect the digital world.

Network researchers also focus on using network science to understand complex networks, including infrastructure networks such as the Internet and power grid, biological networks such as protein interactions and epidemics, information networks such as digital coins and software development, and social networks such as OSNs and news media.

Research Projects

Our projects page contains summaries of representative research projects in computer networking.

Research Labs

IGT Computer Engineering Laboratory

Primary Contact: Dwight Egbert
Major Focus: Analysis, design and development of microprocessor systems and field programmable gate array systems

Networks Laboratory (NetLab)

Primary Contact: Mehmet Gunes, Shamik Sengupta and Engin Arslan
Major Focus: Cognitive radio, communication networks, complex networks (e.g., biological, information, infrastructure, social, and technological networks), edge computing, high-performance communication, Internet measurements, multicast, network economics, network management and simulation, network mining, network modeling, peer-to-peer networks, traffic fingerprinting, UAV networks and wireless networks

Trustworthy Systems Lab (TSL)

Primary Contact: Shamik Sengupta, Mehmet Gunes, Ming Li and Hui Lin
Major Focus: Access control, anonymizer technologies, digital currencies, network security, privacy, UAV security, cyber-physical systems security (e.g., cloud computing, control systems, edge computing, healthcare systems, Internet of things and power systems) and interdisciplinary cybersecurity.

Faculty in this area

Dwight Egbert

Dwight Egbert


(775) 784-6952 | SEM 322

Mehmet Gunes

Mehmet Hadi Gunes

Associate Professor

(775) 784-4313 | SEM 216

Nancy LaTourette

Nancy LaTourrette


(775) 784-4014 | SEM 240

Hui Lin

Hui Lin

Assistant Professor

(775) 784-6997 | SEM 208

Shamik Sengupta

Shamik Sengupta

Associate Professor

(775) 784-6953 | SEM 204