Prof. George Kesidis

CSE and EE Depts

338J IST Building, CSE Dept (office), 115 EE West (lab)

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA, 16802, USA


Email: gik2 at psu dot edu

Phone: 814-865-9190



         Ph.D. (1992) and M.S. (1990) in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS), U.C. Berkeley

         B.A.Sc. (1988) in Electrical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada



Teaching Slideware



Active Research Projects:


NSF NeTS: Competition, Neutrality and Service Quality in Cellular Wireless Access.

G. Kesidis (PSU PI), in collaboration with S. Sarkar  of U. Penn.


Cisco Systems URP: Low-latency detection of networks with fast-flux both in IP address proxies and in domain names. 

G. Kesidis (PI) and D.J. Miller (co-PI)


NSF SaTC TWC: Towards Securing Coupled Financial and Power Systems in the Next Generation Smart Grid.

G. Kesidis (PSU PI) and D.J. Miller (PSU co-PI); K. Levitt, J. Rowe, D. Raphson, J. Bushnell, A. Scaglioni  (UC Davis PI and co-PIs)


NSF NeTS: Collaborative Research: Inter-provider dynamics in neutral and non-neutral networks.

G. Kesidis (PSU PI), in collaboration with S. Sarkar of U. Penn.


Cisco System Ltd URP: Unsupervised flow-level clustering in network routers for anomaly detection

D.J. Miller (PI) and G. Kesidis (co-PI)



Completed Research Projects:


NSF EAGER:  GENI Experiments to Explore Adoption of New Security Services.

G. Kesidis (PSU PI), K. Levitt, J. Rowe and S.F. Wu (U.C. Davis PI and co-PIs).


NSF NeTS: Collaborative Research: Supporting unstructured peer-to-peer social networking

G. Kesidis (PSU PI), in collaboration with G. de  Veciana of U.T. Austin.


NSF NetSE: Unsupervised flow-based clustering

G. Kesidis (PI) and D.J. Miller (co-PI)


Cisco Ltd URP: Per-flow state management in Internet routers: mass purging and heavy-hitter detection

G. Kesidis (PI), C. Das (co-PI)


NSF Cyber Trust and Cyber Infrastructure: Router Models and Downscaling Tools for Scalable Security Experiments

G. Kesidis (PSU PI), in collaboration with S. Fahmy of Purdue and N. Shroff of Ohio State.


DHS/NSF Cyber Trust: Collaborative Research: Testing and benchmarking methodologies for

future network security mechanisms (EMIST)

            Joint grant with DHS/NSF DETER project

            URLs: and

            PSU and overall PI: G. Kesidis, PSU co-PIs: P. Liu, P. McDaniel, D.J. Miller


Cisco Ltd URP Simulation of Secure Internet Routing Protocols

G. Kesidis (PI), D.J. Miller (co-PI)


            Cisco Ltd URP Diagnostics and real-time traceback of DDoS attacks in the Internet

            PI: G. Kesidis



Selected Publications



Recent Service Activity:


IEEE SmartGridComm 2014 – Data Management and Grid Analytics Symposium TPC co-chair (Nov. 2014)


Intermittent Expert for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program (March 2012 – Jan. 2014)


Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) technology readiness evaluator (2012 – 2013)


SecureComm, London, Sept. 2011 (TPC co-chair)


IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials  (associated editor until 2007-2012)


ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (associate editor until 2007-2010)


ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Large-Scale Attack/Defense (LSAD), August 27, 2007, Kyoto, Japan (TPC co-chair)


IEEE INFOCOM, May 6-12, 2007, Anchorage (TPC co-chair)


Workshop on Spatial Stochastic Models in Wireless Networks, April 16, 2007, Cyprus (TPC co-chair)


IEEE JSAC Oct. 2006 Special Issue on Price-Based Access Control and Economics of Networking (co-editor)


Workshop on Secure Network Protocols (NPSec), Boston, Nov. 6, 2005


           Workshop on Economics of Communication Networks, Montreal, July 2004




Graduated Ph.D. students:

Anthony Hung

* Dalia Fayek (Univ. Guelph, Canada)

Athichart (Ink) Tangpong

Pushkar Patankar  (NetApp)

Jisheng Wang (Niara)

Ihab (Ethan) Hamadeh (Cisco Systems)

Yanxin Zhang (Palo Alto Networks)

* Azin Neishaboori 

Glenn Carl (Lincoln Labs MIT)

Paul B. Jeon (Samsung, Korea)

Rajesh N. Rao (Airvana, Bangalore, India)

* Xidong Deng (Center for Disease Control, Atlanta)

SungwonYi (ETRI, Korea)

* Youngmi Jin (KDDI, Tokyo)

Soranun (TJ) Jiwasurat (National Research Lab, Thailand)

Yaman Aksu

* Chu-Fang Lin

Aditya Kurve (Pindrop Security)

Fatih Kocak (Qualcomm)

Jayaram Raghuram (Pindrop Security)



Current Ph.D. students:

Jianping He

* Neda Nasiriani

Yuquan Shan

* Xinyi Hu


* woman Ph.D. graduate or Ph.D. student in CE, CS or EE