CCS Researchers

CCS Researchers

Eman Abdu, Ph.D., CUNY Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Cybercrime Studies. Research Interests: categorical data clustering, incident based crime reporting systems, large scale database systems, FBI National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

Aftab Ahmad, Professor, Mathematics & Computer Science Dept. Research Interests: Dr. Ahmad's current interests are in brain data analysis, information privacy, and integrating new cybersecurity research into curriculum.  Current  research projects include (i) distribution of data generated by functional brain and  (ii) embedding privacy in shared data on the Internet.  His cyber security curriculum development work includes  graduate modules in malware reverse engineering and memory forensics, and undergraduate modules in software and malware reverse-engineering, protocols vulnerabilities, and military cyber operations.

Sven Dietrich, Professor, Mathematics & Computer Science Dept. and Ph.D. Program in Computer Science. Research interests: computer and network security, cryptography, anonymity, insider threat, and privacy. In network security, his areas include denial of service, malware (DDoS, botnets), and anti-phishing.  Interests also include cryptographic aspects of malware, authentication, unobservable communications and the verification of cryptographic protocols.

Thomas J. Holt, Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University. Research Interests: computer hacking, malware, the role that technology and the Internet play in facilitating all manner of crime and deviance. Founding member the Spartan Devils Honeynet Project, member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Cyber-Criminology, and author of Digital Crime and Digital Terror, 2nd Edition.

Shweta Jain  Associate Professor, Mathematics & Computer Science Dept. and Ph.D. Program in Computer Science CUNY Graduate Center.  Research Interests: computer, wireless and social networks,  mobile system applications, location security and blockchain applications.

Ping Ji, Professor, Mathematics & Computer Science Dept. and Ph.D. Program in Computer Science, CUNY Graduate Center. Research Interests: criminal investigations involving mobile systems, information assurance and computer forensics, computer and mobile networks. Principal investigator, Computer Networks and Mobile Systems Security Research Lab.


Marie-Helen Maras, Associate Professor, Department of Security, Fire, and Emergency Management. Prof. Maras has a DPhil in Law and an MPhil in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford as well as an undergraduate degree in Computer information Science. She has published major works on counter terrorism, surveillance of electronic communications, and computer forensics. Research Interests: cyber security, risk analysis, terrorism, counterterrorism, and transnational security issues.

John McFarland, Graduate Student, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Program, John Jay College.  Cyber statecraft, cyber warfare, advanced persistent threats, information warfare and propaganda.

Nasir Memon, Professor, Computer Science Department, Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Research Interests: Digital forensics, data compression, computer and network security, and multimedia computing and security. Director, Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS) Lab at NYU Polytechnic.

Evan Misshula, Ph.D. candidate, Criminal Justice Program, John Jay College. Adjunct Lecturer, Mathematics & Computer Science Department, teaches courses in Statistics and Computer Security Research Interests: Prisoner reentry, economics of post incarceration, data mining for threat classification and risk analysis.

Muath Obaidat, Assistant Professor, Department of  Mathematics & Computer Science. Research Interests:  network security, IoT security, network forensics, wireless networks and 4G/5G LTE networks. 

Adina Schwartz, Professor; Dept. of Law, Police Science & Criminal Justice Administration and The CUNY Graduate Center Research Interests: The relations between law, technology, and science; Fourth Amendment and statutory protections of privacy; the tension and relations between the globalized nature of cybercrime and the local nature of law.

Douglas Smith, Graduate Student, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Program, John Jay College, US Air Force.  Research Interests: wireless communications, signal processing, real time DSP, distributed resource allocation in communication networks, national/foreigng cyber policies.

Adam S. Wandt, Instructor, Department of Public Management, Master of Public Administration and Master of Forensic Computing Program. Research Interests: technology law and policy, information security, digital forensics, online privacy, mobile security, FBI UCR and crime data, academic technology.