Kemal Akkaya | Department of Computer Science | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Science

Kemal Akkaya

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore County 

Current Research Interests:

Wireless sensor networks, mobile ad hoc networks, wireless sensor and actor networks, wireless mesh networks, smart grid communications and security, wireless multimedia sensor networks, wireless ad hoc network security.

Dr. Akkaya's research mainly focuses on the problems at the network and application layer of various wireless ad hoc networks including wireless sensor networks (WSNs), wireless sensor and actor networks (WSANs), wireless mesh networks (WMNs), wireless multimedia sensor networks (WMSNs), vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) and underwater acoustic sensor networks (UWSNs). These wireless ad hoc networks came with their own challenges which are different than the traditional networks. For instance, due to limited battery life and resources, energy-efficient protocol design is a must. MANETs, VANETs, or WSANs may deploy mobile nodes whose mobility may affect the design of protocols at various layers. In addition to energy conservation and mobility handling, these networks posed other non-traditional challenges such as self-configuration, self-healing, topology control, node deployment, and energy, security or interference-aware quality of service (QoS) provisioning. Self-configuration, self-healing, and node deployment require effective collaboration among the nodes, yet the approaches should be scalable, low-cost and rapidly applicable. Similarly, QoS provisioning approaches should be lightweight while being able to handle mobility, prevent interference among the nodes and incorporate security without additional overhead. Dr. Akkaya's research investigates solutions for several aspects of these challenges.


  • M. Riley, K. Akkaya and K. Fong, "A Group-based Hybrid Authentication Scheme for Cooperative Collision Warnings in VANETs", Wiley Security and Communication Networks Journal (to appear).
  • A. Newell and K. Akkaya, "Distributed Collaborative Camera Actuation for Redundant Data Elimination in Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks", Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks (to appear).
  • K. Akkaya, F. Senel, A. Thimmapuram and S. Uludag, "Distributed Recovery from Network Partitioning in Movable Sensor/Actor Networks via Controlled Mobility", in IEEE Transactions on Computers, Vol. 59, No. 2, pp. 258 – 271, 2010.

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