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Berk Can Gurel

PhD Student


Office Location

805 Columbus Avenue
Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex (ISEC)
Boston, MA 02120


Berk Can Gurel is a PhD student in the computer science program at Northeastern University, advised by Professor Cristina Nita-Rotaru. Berk’s research is focused on network security and machine learning/natural language processing. He is particularly interested in automating security mechanisms to improve self-sufficient functioning so that little human supervision of the systems is required.  Prior to joining CCIS, Berk earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Bilkent University.


  • BS, Bilkent University – Turkey

About Me

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I started the Computer Science PhD program in Fall of 2017.

What are your research interests?

My research interests lie at the intersection of network security and machine learning/natural language processing. I am interested in using machine learning models to automatically detect attacks, as well as investigating the security of a machine learning model itself.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

Today’s security mechanisms rely too much on human effort. I’d like to come up with automated systems that require very little supervision if any.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

I find it fascinating that the field of security evolves very fast. The state of the art algorithms and systems tend to change very frequently.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

I wish to pursue a career in research, either in the academia or the industry.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I grew up in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. I went to college there as well.

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

I have my BS degree from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.