Benjamin C. M. Fung

Academic title(s): 

Canada Research Chair in Data Mining for Cybersecurity;

Associate Professor, School of Information Studies;

Associate Member, School of Computer Science

Contact Information
Phone: 
514-398-3360
Email address: 
ben [dot] fung [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Degree(s): 
  • PhD (Computing Science), Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • MSc (Computing Science), Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • BSc (Computing Science), Simon Fraser University, Canada

Designations: P.Eng. (Software Engineering), Professional Engineers Ontario; ACM Senior Member; IEEE Senior Member

Biography: 

Dr. Benjamin Fung is a Canada Research Chair in Data Mining for Cybersecurity, an Associate Professor of Information Studies (SIS) at McGill University, and an Associate Member of Computer Science (SoCS) at McGill University. He is also a Research Scientist in the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance Canada (NCFTA Canada). He received a Ph.D. degree in computing science from Simon Fraser University in 2007, under the supervision of Prof. Ke Wang. Dr. Fung has over 100 refereed publications that span the prestigious research forums of data mining, privacy protection, cyber forensics, services computing, and building engineering. His data mining works in crime investigation and authorship analysis have been reported by media worldwide. His research has been supported in part by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), and Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT), and NCFTA Canada. Before joining McGill, he was a faculty member at Concordia University for six years, and a system software developer at SAP Business Objects for four years. Dr. Fung is a licensed professional engineer in software engineering, and is currently affiliated with the Data Mining and Security Lab (DMaS) at SIS. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor of Information Systems Engineering (CIISE) at Concordia.

Professional activities: 
  • Affiliate Associate Professor, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE), Concordia University
  • Research Scientist, National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance Canada (NCFTA Canada)
  • PC Member, ACM SIGKDD, VLDB, IEEE ICDE, IEEE ICDM, and WWW
Research areas: 
Data mining & databases
Information security & privacy
Information sharing & integration
Current research: 
2015-2020 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program (Tier 2): Digging into Big, Sensitive, and Malicious Data (Principal investigator)
2014-2019 Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC): Assembly Code Data Mining (Principal investigator)
2016-2019 Zayed University: Securing Critical Infrastructures for Smart Cities in the UAE (Co-PI)
2013-2018

 CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF): Basic Infrastructure for Data Mining in Cybersecurity and Privacy (Principal investigator)

2013-2018 NSERC Discovery Grants: Privacy-Preserving Data Publishing for Health Data Mining (Principal investigator)
2016-2017

McAlear Management Inc.: A secure protocol for credential exchange: Using hardware compartmentalization to protect critical transactions from malware access (Principal investigator)

2014-2017 Zayed University: Arabic authorship in online written communication for cybercrime investigation and detection (Principal investigator)
2015-2017

Zayed University: Privacy-Preserving Crime Data Mining for Cybercrime Investigation & Detection (Principal investigator)

2014-2016 SSHRC Insight Development Grants: Cross-national Consumer Research: Modelling Fashion Shoppers’ Behaviour and Preferences (Co-investigator)
2013-2016 DND/NSERC Research Partnership Project (DNDPJ): Software Fingerprinting for Automated Malicious Code Analysis (Co-investigator)

Research applications

  • Health information systems
  • Crime investigation
  • Authorship analysis
  • Malware analysi
  • Transportation
  • Building engineering
  • Fashion analytics
Selected publications: