PhD, Computer Science, University of California Los Angeles

Mevlut Turker Garip

Computer Science Department
University of California, Los Angeles
3564 Boelter Hall
420 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095



University of California, Los Angeles

Ph.D. in Computer Science Sep 2012 – Jun 2018 (expected)
M.S. in Computer Science Sep 2012 – Mar 2016

Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B.S. in Computer Science Sep 2007 – Jun 2012
— Education Abroad Program, UC Davis
— Graduated summa cum laude

Academic Experience

Laboratory for Advanced Systems Research, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Research Assistant (Advisor: Professor Peter Reiher)

Sep 2012 – present
Designed the first vehicular botnets in VANETs. Demonstrated its power with an attack called congestion attack. Designed the first vehicular botnet communication infrastructure, concealed in the VANET control channel, to enable cooperative attacks while evading detection by channel scans. Designed an RSSI-based interference-resistant localization mechanism for VANETs for Sybil attack detection. 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 in Java. Worked on Named Data Networking (NDN) security. Designed multiple attacks that target its vulnerabilities.

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

Sep 2013 – present
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: Professor 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 (20Gig/sec) developed by my team at Cisco. Worked on the visualization of the congestion control mechanism implemented in our NDN router. My visualization tool is used to detect and correct the bugs in the router, and examine the performance of it.

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

Jun 2013 – Sep 2013
Worked on visualization of a first fast-forwarding Named Data Networking router (20Gig/sec) for the demo in ACM SIGCOMM Conference 2013. Developed visualization tools in C, Python, JAVA Script and JQuery. Worked on Dynamic Adaptive Streaming on Named Data Networking. Developed VLC plugin and NDN lib in C. Worked on HTTP over Named Data Networking, analyzing inefficiencies and optimizing it in 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 using PHP and Action Script for internal and external viewing.


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. In 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 in).

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 in).

Awards and Honors

•  Won Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year
• Selected to be a TPC member in the IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference 2017
• 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 EAP 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 the 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

Action Script 3.0
Adobe Flash
Java Script
Socket Programming
Unix-Based OSs
Veins, SUMO, OMNeT++


• External Relations Coordinator at CSGSC
• President at Turkish GSA
• Member of IEEE and IEEE Communications Society