PhD, Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Mevlut Turker Garip

Computer Science Department
University of California, Los Angeles
Engineering VI
404 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095



University of California, Los Angeles

Ph.D. in Computer Science Sep 2012 – Mar 2019
M.S. in Computer Science, GPA: 3.93 Sep 2012 – Mar 2016

Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B.S. in Computer Science, Major GPA: 3.79, GPA: 3.58 Sep 2007 – Jun 2012
— Exchange student, UC Davis, Major GPA: 3.61, GPA: 3.59
— Graduated summa cum laude

Academic Experience

Laboratory for Advanced Systems Research, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Research Assistant (Advisor: Prof. Peter Reiher, Co-advisor: Prof. Mario Gerla)

Sep 2012 – Mar 2019

• Designed the first vehicular botnets in VANETs. Designed the first vehicular botnet communication infrastructure, which is concealed in the VANET control channel, to enable cooperative attacks while evading detection by channel scans (C++)
• Demonstrated the power of vehicular botnets by designing 3 attacks performed by them: a congestion attack that can cause severe congestion levels on any chosen road, a surveillance attack that can track a significant percentage of a vehicle's route—along with its RSSI-based interference-resistant localization mechanism—and an attack where vehicular bots can compromise a significant percentage of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in any area of interest (C++, Python)
• Finally designed the first defense mechanism against vehicular botnets in the literature (C++, Python)
• Worked on the prevention of MITM attacks in communications with implantable wireless medical devices. Designed and proved a novel defense against MITM attacks called selective jamming (Java)
• Worked on Named Data Networking (NDN) security. Designed multiple attacks that target its vulnerabilities (Python, Bash)

Computer Science Department, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Teaching Fellow

Sep 2013 – Dec 2018

• CS 31 - Introduction to Computer Science I
• CS 35L - Software Construction Laboratory
• CS 111 - Operating Systems Principles
• CS 136 - Introduction to Computer Security
• CS 188 - Special Courses in Computer Science: Distributed Systems

Computer Security Laboratory, UC Davis, Davis, CA
Research Assistant (Advisor: Prof. Matt Bishop)

Feb 2011 – Aug 2011

• Worked on Buffer Overflow, SQL Injection, XSS and Cross Site Forgery Attacks

Professional Experience

Cisco Systems, Inc. Boxborough, MA
R&D Software Engineering Intern (Manager: Cisco Fellow David Oran)

Jun 2014 – Sep 2014

• Worked on realistic Internet traffic generation using Named Data Networking (NDN) packets according to the real IRCache Internet traces. The realistic traffic generated by my software is used for experiments on the first fast-forwarding NDN router (20 Gb/s) developed by my team at Cisco (Python, C)
• Worked on the visualization of the congestion control mechanism in our NDN router. My visualization tool is used to detect and correct the bugs in the router, and examine its performance (C, HTML, CSS, JavaScript)

Cisco Systems, Inc. Boxborough, MA
R&D Software Engineering Intern (Manager: Cisco Fellow David Oran)

Jun 2013 – Sep 2013

• Worked on the visualization of the first fast-forwarding NDN router (20 Gb/s) for the demo in the 2013 ACM SIGCOMM Conference (C, HTML, CSS, JavaScript)
• Worked on Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over NDN. Developed the VLC plugin and NDN library (C)
• Worked on HTTP over NDN, analyzing its inefficiencies and optimizing it (Python)

Turkey's Isbank Headquarters, Istanbul, Turkey
Software Engineering Intern

Jun 2010 – Jul 2010

• Worked within the Information Technologies System Administration, and finished 4 web applications for internal/external viewing (PHP, HTML, CSS, SQL, ActionScript)


SHIELDNET: An Adaptive Detection Mechanism against Vehicular Botnets in VANETs. Mevlut Turker Garip, Jonathan Lin, Peter Reiher, and Mario Gerla. In IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC), 2019.

RIoT: A Rapid Exploit Delivery Mechanism against IoT Devices Using Vehicular Botnets. Mevlut Turker Garip, Peter Reiher, and Mario Gerla. In IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) (pp. 1-6), 2019.

BOTVEILLANCE: A Vehicular Botnet Surveillance Attack against Pseudonymous Systems in VANETs. Mevlut Turker Garip, Peter Reiher, and Mario Gerla. In IFIP Wireless and Mobile Networking Conference (WMNC) (pp. 1-8), 2018.

Autonomic Communications in Software-driven Networks. Zhongliang Zhao, Eryk Schiller, Eirini Kalogeiton, Torsten Braun, Burkhard Stiller, Mevlut Turker Garip, Joshua Joy, Mario Gerla, Nabeel Akhtar, and Ibrahim Matta. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), 35(11):2431-2445, 2017.

INTERLOC: An Interference-Aware RSSI-Based Localization and Sybil Attack Detection Mechanism for Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks. Mevlut Turker Garip, Paul Hyungmin Kim, Peter Reiher, and Mario Gerla. In IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC) (pp. 1-6), 2017.

GHOST: Concealing Vehicular Botnet Communication in the VANET Control Channel. Mevlut Turker Garip, Peter Reiher, and Mario Gerla. In IEEE International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC) (pp. 1-6), 2016.

Congestion Attacks to Autonomous Cars Using Vehicular Botnets. Mevlut Turker Garip, Mehmet Emre Gursoy, Peter Reiher, and Mario Gerla. In Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2015.

Scalable Reactive Vehicle-to-Vehicle Congestion Avoidance Mechanism. Mevlut Turker Garip, Mehmet Emre Gursoy, Peter Reiher, and Mario Gerla. In IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC) (pp. 943-948), 2015.

Security Evaluation of a Control System Using Named Data Networking. Victor Perez, Mevlut Turker Garip, Silas Lam, and Lixia Zhang. In IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP) (pp. 1-6), 2013.

Named Data Networking on a Router: Forwarding at 20Gbps and Beyond. Won So, Ashok Narayanan, David Oran, and Mark Stapp. In ACM SIGCOMM, 2013. (Acknowledged)

A Taxonomy of Buffer Overflow Characteristics. Matt Bishop, Sophie Engle, Damien Howard, and Sean Whalen. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, 9(3):305-317, 2012. (Acknowledged)

Honors and Awards

• Won the 2015 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship in recognition of my research contributions
• Selected to be a TPC member in the 2017 IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference
• Selected by the UCLA Computer Science Department to give a talk in the 2016 UCLA EE Annual Research Review
• Won research assistantship funding in Computer Science from the University of California Los Angeles
• Won Education Abroad Program scholarship to study as an undergraduate at the University of California Davis in Computer Science for one academic year because of the high success at Bilkent University
• Ranked above 99.95% in the University Admission Exam (known as OSS in Turkey) in 2007 therefore won the scholarship to study at Bilkent University in Turkey

Skills and Languages

C/C++ (Preferred)
Unix-Based OSs
Socket Programming
Compiler Construction
Distributed Systems
Web Design
Adobe Flash
Veins, SUMO, OMNeT++


• Former External Relations Coordinator at UCLA Computer Science Graduate Student Committee

• President at UCLA Turkish Graduate Student Association

• Member of IEEE, IEEE Communications Society, and IEEE Vehicular Technology Society