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Benjamin C. M. Fung

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor;

Canada Research Chair in Data Mining for Cybersecurity

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 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 80 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 the Discovery Grants and Strategic Project Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Insight Development Grants from the 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 an Assistant/Associate Professor 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: 
  • Research Scientist, National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance Canada (NCFTA Canada)
  • Affiliate Associate Professor, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE), Concordia University
  • PC Member, ACM SIGKDD, VLDB, IEEE ICDE, and IEEE ICDM
Research areas: 
Cloud computing
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: Security Critiical Infrastructures for Smart Cities in the UAE (Co-PI)
2013-2018 NSERC Discovery Grants: Privacy-Preserving Data Publishing for Health Data Mining (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)
2012-2015 DND/NSERC Research Partnership Project (DNDPJ)
2011-2014 FRQNT Team Research Project: Towards a Unified Approach to Detecting, Analyzing, Mitigating, and Investigating Botnets (Co-investigator)
2012-2013 Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC): Semantic Clone Search (Principal investigator)
2010-2013 NSERC Strategic Project Grants: Security and Privacy of User-Generated Data for Personalized Cloud Computing Services (Co-investigator)
2010-2013 NSERC Discovery Grants:  Privacy-Preserving RFID Systems for Data Analysis (Principal investigator)
2011-2012 Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC): Code Clone Search (Principal investigator)
2012 Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC): Centre for Security Science (CSS) - Public Security Technical Program (PSTP): Advanced Analytics and Darknet Space Analysis for Predictive Indicators of Cyber Threat Activity (Deputy study project manager)
2010-2012 FQRNT New Researcher Start-up Program: Privacy-Preserving Data Mining for Cybercrime Investigations (Principal investigator)
2011 Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC): Survey of Code Clone Detection (Principal investigator)
2009-2010 National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance Canada (NCFTA Cda): Text Mining for Cybercrime Investigation and Detection (Principal investigator)

Research applications

  • Health informatics
  • Crime investigation
  • Authorship analysis
  • Code clone detection
  • Passenger flow analysis
  • Building occupants' behaviour analysis
  • Cross-cultural study in fashion communication
Selected publications: