About me

 Dilsun Kaynar

I am an Assistant Teaching Professor at the School of Computer Science , Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining the School of Computer Science, I worked as a researcher at Cylab and at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the Theory of Distributed Systems Group (2001-2006). I received my PhD degree in 2002 from the University of Edinburgh, where I was a member of the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science, and my B.Sc. degree in 1996 from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey where I studied at the Computer Engineering Department . I also hold a Doçent degree from the Turkish Council of Higher Education.


Principles of Computing (Spring 2014)

Principles of Computing (Fall 2013)

Principles of Computing (Spring 2013)

Principles of Computing (Fall 2012)

Models of Software Systems for Software Engineering Masters Programs (Fall 2011)


The broad area of my research is foundations of distributed computing. I am interested in developing modeling and verification methods for distributed systems that can encompass a wide range of systems including those that exhibit timing-dependent behavior and possibly interact with the physical world. I have also had continued interest in security. During my doctoral studies I investigated language-based security and how to use type systems in making programs amenable to reasoning about security. The focus of my security research has shifted to modeling and analysis of secure systems, cryptographic protocols, and data privacy. Most recently, I am investigating the question of how to determine accountability for security violations using models of actual causation.