Cristina Nita-Rotaru

Professor of Computer Science
Associate Dean of Faculty
College of Computer and Information Science
Northeastern University

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Cristina Nita-Rotaru


Cristina Nita-Rotaru is a Professor of Computer Science in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University and a founding member of the Northeastern University Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute. Prior to joining Northeastern she was a faculty in the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University. Her research lies at the intersection of information security, distributed systems, and computer networks. The overarching goal of her work is designing and building practical distributed systems and network protocols that are robust to failures and attacks while coping with the resource constraints existent in computing systems and networks.

Cristina Nita-Rotaru is a recipient of the NSF Career Award in 2006. She is also a recipient of Purdue College of Science Research Award in 2013, Purdue Excellence in Research Award, Seeds for Success in 2012, Purdue College of Science Leadership Award, 2012, Purdue College of Science Undergraduate Advising Award in 2008, and Purdue Teaching for Tomorrow Award in 2007. She has served on the Technical Program Committee of numerous conferences in security, networking and distributed systems (IEEE S&P, USENIX Security, ACM CCS, NDSS, ACM Wisec, IEEE ICDCS, IEEE/IFIP DSN, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM CoNEXT, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICNP, WWW). She served as an Assistant Director for CERIAS (2011 - 2013). She is a member of the steering committee of ACM Wisec and IEEE/IFIP DSN, and a member of the IFIP Working Group on Dependable Computing and Fault-tolerance. She was an Associate Editor for Elsevier Computer Communications (2008 - 2011), IEEE Transactions on Computers (2011 - 2014), ACM Transactions on Information Systems Security (2009 - 2013), Computer Networks (2012 - 2014), and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2011 - 2016). She is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Systems.

Cristina Nita-Rotaru holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a MS from Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania. She was born and grew up in Bucharest, Romania. She is an alumnus of ``Colegiul National Sfantul Sava''.


Current students:

  • Alesia Chernikova, graduate student Northeastern University, co-advised with Alina Oprea
  • Diego Delgado, undergraduate student Northeastern University
  • Berkcan Gurel, graduate student Northeastern University
  • Matthew Jagielski, graduate student Northeastern University, co-advised with Alina Oprea
  • Samuel Jero, graduate student Purdue University
  • Supraja Krishnan, graduate student Northeastern University
  • Talha Ongun, graduate student Northeastern University, co-advised with Alina Oprea
  • Caleb Wastler, graduate student Northeastern University, co-advised with Alina Oprea

Former graduate students and postdocs that I had the privilege to work with at Purdue:

  • Reza Curtmola, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 2007, Associate Professor NJIT.
  • Endadul Hoque, Ph.D. Dec. 2015, Assistant Professor, Florida International University.
  • Hyojeong Lee (co-advised with Prof. C. Killian), Ph.D. Sept. 2014, Google.
  • Andrew Newell, Ph.D. Aug. 2014, Facebook.
  • Rahul Potharaju, Ph.D. May 2014, Microsoft.
  • Jeffrey Seibert, Ph. D, May 2012, Google.
  • David Zage, Ph.D., May 2010, Intel.
  • Jing Dong, Ph.D. Dec. 2009, Knight Knight Equity Markets.
  • Mercan Topkara (co-advised with Prof. M. Atallah), Ph.D. July 2007, IBM T.J. Watson.
  • Bogdan Carbunar (co-advised with Prof. A. Grama and Prof. J. Vitek), Ph.D., May 2005, Florida International University.
  • Luojie Xiang, M.S. May 2014, Apple.
  • Camille Gaspard, M.S. May 2009. CISCO
  • Aaron Walters, M.S. Thesis, May 2006, founding partner of Volatile Systems.
  • Chi-Bun (Ben) Chan, M.S. Dec. 2004, Xilinx April 2005.


  • Computer networks (CS 5700), Fall 2017. [www].
  • Distributed systems (CS 7680), Spring 2017. [www].
  • Network security (CS 6740), Spring 2016. [www].
Courses I taught as a faculty at Purdue University:
    Graduate level:
  • Distributed Systems (CS 505). [www ]
  • Advanced Distributed Systems (CS 603).
  • Information Security and Assurance(CS 526). [www ]
  • Advanced Information Assurance (CS 626).
  • Wireless Network Security (CS 590W).
  • Research Seminar for Graduate Students (CS591C).
  • Security Seminar (CS 590E).
  • Cryptography (CS 555).
  • Insider Threats to Information Systems (CS 590T).
  • Security Topics in Networking and Distributed Systems (CS 590D).
    Undergraduate level:
  • Introduction to C (CS 240). [www]
  • Introduction to Cryptography (CS 355). [www]
  • Computer Security (CS 426).
  • EPICS.


Conferences and workshops I am involved with: USENIX Security 2018, USENIX ATC 2018, IEEE S&P 2018, DSN 2018, EuroS&P 2018.

Journals I am involved with: IEEE TDSC

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