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Hanif Rahbari, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Computing and Information Sciences (Department of Cybersecurity)
Affiliated with College of Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Office: GCI-3789,   Faraday Lab: GCI-3739
Research Group: WISP Lab
Email: hanif.rahbari@rit.edu

Hanif Rahbari


I am an assistant professor of Computing & Information Sciences, and an affiliated faculty of the ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute, the Department of Computer Engineering (College of Engineering), The Artificial Intelligence Master's Program, and the Electrical & Computer Engineering PhD Program at RIT. I received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) from the University of Arizona (UA) in 2016 under supervision of Professor Marwan Krunz in WiCON lab. I joined RIT in Spring 2018 after a short-term affiliation with UA as a Senior Research Specialist and a brief experience as a postdoctoral associate at Virginia Tech under Professor Jerry Park. I also hold a B.Sc. degree in information technology engineering and an M.Sc. degree in computer networks from Sharif University of Technology and AmirKabir University of Technology (Iran), respectively. I am a co-inventor on three US patents and lead the Wireless and IoT Security and Privacy (WISP) lab @ RIT.

News Highlights

Research Area— Wireless Security/​Communications

My PhD dissertation was a blend of theoretical and experimental research on transmission fingerprints obfuscation in wireless communications. Our research findings over the past 10 years have been published in various journals and conferences, including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE TMC, NDSS, IEEE TWC, IEEE TIFS, ACM WiSec, IEEE JSAC, IEEE CNS, and IEEE Communications Magazine as well as three granted US patents [see Publications].

Animations and Software-defined Radio (USRP) Demos

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Media Reflections

RIT News: Hanif Rahbari earns NSF CAREER Award to enhance connected vehicle security (February 20, 2023)

WROC-TV (interview): RIT creates an open-source space to protect self-driving cars (October 26, 2020)

IEEE Innovation at work: Student Research Team Create Prototype of Secure Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications System (July, 2020)

RIT News: Imagine RIT Preview: How Phones and Laptops Can Be Tracked via Their Radio Waves (April 22, 2019)

UA College of Engineering: UA Engineering Research Aims to Secure Wi-Fi and Shut Out Snoops, or here (November 4, 2014)

Arizona Daily Star: UA Leads Research on Next-Generation Wireless (October 6, 2013)