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Dr Seyit Camtepe

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Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Seyit Camtepe has 27 years of industrial and academic research experience in Cyber Security. He is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Data61 and leads the Cyber Security Automation and Orchestration team. He also leads the Security Automation and Orchestration Theme of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre.

Dr Seyit Camtepe received his PhD in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (America's oldest technological research university), New York, USA 2007. From 2007 to 2013, he was a Senior Researcher and Team Leader focusing on AI and Cyber Security at the TU-Berlin (the first German university to adopt the name "Technische Universit├Ąt"), Germany. He worked as an ECARD lecturer at the QUT, Australia, for five years. As part of these roles, he led or participated in many large impactful projects (i.e., multi-national and with more than five partners/countries) in Europe funded by the European Commission and in Australia, supported by industry and government.

Dr Seyit Camtepe is passionate about discovering unusual solutions to challenging real-life Cyber Security problems using AI and Cryptography. His lifelong ambition is operationalising autonomous security (RPI, TU-Berlin, QUT and CSIRO). He assumed a lead role in the AI and Cyber Security technology area of Data61. His passion and roles brought him CSIRO's Julius Career Award (2018) and many high-impact research projects.

Dr Seyit Camtepe focused on several frontier topics relating to real-life problems that he exposed himself and his team to through high-calibre external and FSP projects. These started with an ongoing interest in detecting and preventing ML-based vulnerabilities in domains within their operational settings (with DSTG NGTF and Alan Turing Institute) and new methods to distribute those ML algorithms securely (with Precision Health FSP and AFP). Next, he focused on transferring ML algorithms to text-domain and using large language models to solve challenging cyber security problems such as software and supply chain security, threat hunting, incidence response, ransomware prevention and critical infrastructure security (with Cyber Security CRC, The US Army, 6G Security, Google and EPE/Defence). He also extended these results to physics/quantum-inspired ML and optimising quantum communications and Encryption (with Quantum Tech. FSP). Finally, he sought new ways to optimise large models for small systems with integrated compression and encryption methods (with Quantum Tech. FSP, Julius Award and Space FSP).

He completed CSIRO's Experienced Leader Program (ELP) and Spark Leader Labs to mature his leadership skills on top of the leadership skills he built over 27 years on three continents. He has been a PC member in prestigious ML and Cyber security conferences such as ESORICS, ASIACCS, AAAI and ECML-PKDD. He was a co-editor of a special issue on Cryptography: A Cyber Security Toolkit.

Other Interests

ML Optimised Cyber and Quantum Security (e.g., Malware Detection and Prevention, SW and Protocol Security, CII Security, Threat Modelling and Hunting, Risk Assessment, and Applied and Malicious Cryptography)

Our Technologies:

  • Data Airlock - A Framework for the Model-to-Data paradigm for safe operations on illegal-to-share datasets.
  • MaLFraDA - A variant of the Data Airlock Framework enabling distributed analysis of illegal-to-share datasets.
  • buGFinder - A containerization cloud-based software vulnerability and compliance analysis framework using large language models.
  • VulnGuard - A variant of buGFinder for software security assessment in 5G/6G stacks.
  • RFSH - An innovative ransomware prevention solution for secure cloud storage.
  • PIF/OptimShare (NSW iAward Merit) Innovative tools for privacy-preserving data sharing.
  • THRD - ML-based alert triage and threat hunting framework for heterogenous data lakes.
  • ACDC Range and Avatar - An IT/OT Range for Red/Blue teaming events and ML-based Incident Response Avatar.
  • SmartShield (NSW iAward Winner) - ML-based solution stack for preventing phishing detection and triage.
  • CertainID - A biometric-based security solution developed with Kollakorn.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-2021

    Julius Career Award

  • 2022-2022

    Spark Leader Labs

  • 2020-2020

    Experienced Leader Program

  • 2021-2022

    Data61 Cybersecurity Team - CSIRO Chairman Award Finalist

  • 2019-2019

    DNFC Breakthrough Innovation Award - Data Airlock project

  • 2017-2023

    Recurring Non-cash Research Program Rewards

  • 2013-2016

    Early Career Academic Recruitment and Development (ECARD)
    Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

  • 2015-2015

    The David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Nominee
    Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Cybersecurity Automation & Orchestration, Data61

  • Theme Lead
    Security Automation and Orchestration Theme, Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    PhD in Computer Science
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), New York, USA

  • 2016

    Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (GCAP)
    Queensland University of Technology

Professional Experiences

  • 2019-Onward

    Principal Research Scientist
    CSIRO Data61

  • 2017-2019

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Data61

  • 2012-2017

    Queensland University of Technology

  • 2007-2012

    Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer
    Technische Universitaet Berlin

  • 2002-2007

    Research and Teaching Assistant
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • 1996-2002

    Network and Security Engineer
    Banking Industry

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2017-2022

    IEEE Senior Member

  • 2021-2021

    CORE Conference Rankings Panel Member (4604 Cybersecurity and Privacy)

  • 2023-2023

    Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Programme Committee Member

  • 2022-2022

    European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS), Programme Committee Member

  • 2022-2022

    European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD), Programme Committee Member

  • 2022-2022

    IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Internet Computing (CCGrid), Programme Committee Member

  • 2018-2019

    Australasian Computer Science Week (ASCW) Australasian Information Security Conference (AISC), Chair

  • 2023-2023

    ACM ASIA Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS), Publications Co-Chair

  • 2022-2022

    Cryptography: A Cyber Security Toolkit, Special Issue Editor

  • 2021-2021

    Trusted Forum Workshop, RMIT, Panelist

  • 2022-2022

    CSIRO's Innovate to Grow Cyber Security Program, Speaker

  • 2021-2021

    Tech Forum on Vulnerability Detection (TVD), Invited Speaker

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