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Farnam Jahanian
Henry L. Hillman President's Chair
Professor of Computer Science
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Information Systems & Management

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
office: Warner Hall, 6th fl.
phone:  412.268.2200
email:  f...@cmu.edu
Executive Administrator:  Kelly Elder
email: k...@andrew.cmu.edu


My research is aimed at the study of scalability, dependability and security of networked systems and applications. My interests include distributed computing, network security, and network protocols. I have led several research efforts aimed at developing new protocols and architectures for ensuring dependability of the Internet infrastructure in the presence of security attacks, hardware and software failures, and operational faults. My research has been sponsored by NSF, DHS, DARPA, NSA, ONR and numerous companies including Cisco, Intel, Google, Boeing, VeriSign, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

While at the University of Michigan, my research on Internet infrastructure security served as a catalyst for significant changes in commercial Internet routing software implementation, impacting routing policies employed by Internet Service Providers worldwide. It also formed the basis for the Internet security company Arbor Networks, which I co-founded in 2001, and served as chairman until its acquisition in 2010. At Arbor Networks, my team and I developed highly scalable, service provider-class solutions for protecting networks against distributed denial of service attacks, zero-day network threats and routing exploits. Over the last decade, Arbor Networks’s technology has been utilized by the world’s leading companies to measure, monitor and defend networks against attack.

A list of research projects is below but for more information, please visit my Network and Security Research Group at the University of Michigan: http://nsrg.eecs.umich.edu/

  • “In-Cloud Security Services for Mobile Devices,” National Science Foundation, Farnam Jahanian (PI), Michael Bailey, 2009-2014.
  • “Mission Assurance in Tomorrow's IP-based Networks,” Boeing Corporation, Farnam Jahanian (PI), Michael Bailey, 2010-2013.
  • “Virtual Center for Network and Security Data,” Department of Homeland Security, Farnam Jahanian (PI), Michael Bailey, (UM); Paul Barford (U. Wisconsin); Nick Feamster (Georgia Tech); Manish Karir (Merit Network), 2005-2014.
  • “Botnet Attribution and Removal: from Axioms to Theories to Practice,” ONR MURI Award, Wenke Lee (PI), Nick Feamster, David Dagon (Georgia Tech); Kang Shin, Farnam Jahanian, Mike Bailey (UM); Christopher Kruegel, Giovanni Vigna (UCSB); John Mitchell (Stanford), 2009-2014.
  • “In-Cloud Security for Mobile Devices,” Google, Farnam Jahanian (PI), 2009.
  • “Topology-Aware Internet Threat Detection Using Pervasive Darknets,” National Science Foundation, Farnam Jahanian (PI) and Jignesh Patel, 2006-2010.
  • “CLEANSE: Cross-Layer Large-Scale Efficient Analysis of Network Activities to SEcure the Internet,” National Science Foundation, Wenke Lee (PI), Nick Feamster, David Dagon, Mustaque Ahamad (Georgia Tech); Farnam Jahanian, Mike Bailey (UM); Mike Reiter, Fabian Monrose (UNC), 2008-2012.
  • “New Frameworks for Detecting and Minimizing Information Leakage in Anonymized Network Data,” Department of Homeland Security, Fabian Monrose (PI) Johns Hopkins University; Farnam Jahanian and Michael Bailey (UM); Mike Reiter (CMU), 2008-2010.
  • “Collaborative Research: Enabling Security and Network Management Research for Future Networks,” National Science Foundation, Morley Mao (PI), Farnam Jahanian (UM); Wenke Lee and Nick Feamster (Georgia Tech); Manish Karir (Merit Network); Southern Crossroads, 2008-2011.
  • “Detecting and Dismantling Botnet Command and Control Infrastructure using Behavioral Profilers and Bot Informants,” Department of Homeland Security, Farnam Jahanian (PI), Morley Mao (UM); Greg Travis (Indiana University); Manish Karir (Merit Network), 2006-2008.
  • “Internet Motion Sensor,” Gift from Intel Corporation, Farnam Jahanian (PI), 2006.
  • “Internet Motion Sensor,” Gift from Cisco Systems, Farnam Jahanian (PI), 2006.
  • “Distributed Systems Instructional Infrastructure,” Intel Corporation Equipment Grant, 2004. Farnam Jahanian (PI).
  • “Multi-Tiered Distributed Indication, Warning and Defense System,” Sponsored by ARDA, Farnam Jahanian (PI) and Peter Chen, 2003-2004.
  • “Lighthouse Project: Detecting and Surviving Large-Scale Network Infrastructure Attacks,” Sponsored by DARPA, Farnam Jahanian (PI) and Paul Howell (Merit Network), 1999-2003.
  • “Internet Infrastructure Scalability and Stability,” Intel Corporation, 1999-2000. Farnam Jahanian (PI).
  • “IPMA Project: Internet Performance Measurement & Analysis,” National Science Foundation, Craig Labovitz (Merit Net) and Farnam Jahanian (Co-PI), 1997-2000.
  • “Experimentation with Multi-Threaded, Distributed Routing Technology in the Internet,” National Science Foundation, Farnam Jahanian (PI) and Craig Labovitz (Merit Network), 1997-2000.
  • “Development of Ultra High Speed Next Generation Internet Technology,” Sponsored by Hitachi Corporation, Farnam Jahanian (PI), Craig Labovitz and Hirabaru Masaki (Merit Network), 1999-2000.
  • “Middleware Services for Collaboratries on Wide-Area Networks,” Sponsored by Intel Corporation, Farnam Jahanian (PI), 1997-2000.
  • “The SPARC Project: Collaborative Knowledge-Work Environments for Team Science,” National Science Foundation KDI Initiative, Dan Atkins (PI), Gary Olson, Farnam Jahanian, Tim Killeen and Atul Prakash, 1998-2001.
  • Network Infrastructure Equipment Gift, CISCO Systems, 1999.
  • “IBM UPP: Networking Support for Adaptive Internet-based Applications,” IBM, Farnam Jahanian and Brian Noble, 1998.
  • “ARMADA Project: Building Scalable Real-Time Fault-Tolerant Systems for Embedded Applications,” Sponsored by DARPA, Kang Shin (PI), Farnam Jahanian and Peter Chen, 1995-99.
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Farnam Jahanian (PI), 1995-1999.
  • “End-to-End Performance Studies of Web-Based Groupware and Collaborative Applications over the Internet,” Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company, Farnam Jahanian (PI) and Sugih Jamin, 1997-1998.
  • “Integrated Execution Simulation and Monitoring Environment for the Modechart Toolset,” Naval Research Laboratories, 1996-1998, Farnam Jahanian (PI).
  • “Enabling Multimedia-Based Collaboration over Computer networks,” Sponsored by the AT&T Foundation, Atul Prakash (PI) and Farnam Jahanian.
  • “Probing and fault Injection of Distributed Real-Time Protocols,” Office of Naval Research, Farnam Jahanian (PI), 1994-1997.