Dr. Issa Khalil obtained a PhD in Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2007. He is currently a Principal Scientist in the Cyber Security Group at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). Prior to joining QCRI, he served as an associate professor and department head of the Information Security Department at the College of Information Technology (CIT) at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).
His research focuses on security data analytics, network security, AI/ML security and privacy, and private data sharing. His work has been recognized with prestigious grants, including $1.65 million QNRF-TUBITAK, a $2.7 million QNRF cluster grant, and $90 TDF grant. His research is published in top-tier security venues such as IEEE S&P, USNEX security, CCS, TOPS, TDSC, etc. and featured in multiple news outlets. He has several US patents, four of which have been licensed to a startup company called Before.ai. His research has been recognized with prestigious awards such as the "Tech Team Award'' from Hamad Bin Khalifa University, the HBKU Research Excellence Award, and the Outstanding Professor award for outstanding performance in research, teaching, and service from UAEU.
Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), HBKU, Doha, Qatar.July 2016 - Present
Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), HBKU, Doha, Qatar.June 2013 - June 2016
College of Information Technology (CIT), United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Al Ain, UAEJune 2012 - June 2013
College of Information Technology, United Arab Emirates University2011 - 2013
College of Information Technology, United Arab Emirates University2007 - 2011
Purdue University, USA2007
Jordan University of Science and Technology1996
Jordan University of Science and Technology1994
E. Choo, M. Nabeel, M. AlSabah, I. Khalil, T. Yu, W Wang, “DeviceWatch: A Data-Driven Network Analysis Approach to Identifying Compromised Mobile Devices with Graph-Inference,” ACM Transaction on Privacy and Security. 26(1): 9:1-9:32 (2023)
S. Thirumuruganathan, M. Nabeel, E. Choo, I. Khalil, T. Yu, “SIRAJ: A Unified Framework for Aggregation of Malicious Entity Detectors,” IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P), 2022, pp. 507-521
M. Abdallah, D. Woods, P. Naghizadeh, I. Khalil, T. Cason, S. Sundaram, S. Bagchi, “TASHAROK: Using Mechanism Design for Enhancing Security Resource Allocation in Interdependent Systems,” IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P), 2022, pp. 249-266
M. Nabeel, I. Khalil, B. Guan, and T. Yu, “Following Passive DNS Traces to Detect Stealthy Malicious Domains Via Graph Inference,” ACM Transaction on Privacy and Security. 23(4): 17:1-17:36 (2020)
H. Sun, X. Xiao, I. Khalil, Y. Yang, Z. Qin, W. Wang, T. Yu, “Analyzing Subgraph Statistics from Extended Local Views with Decentralized Differential Privacy,” ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2019): 703-717