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Dumitras, Tudor

Tudor Dumitras
Assistant Professor
ECE/UMIACS/Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2)
3425 A.V. Williams

Research Interests 

  • System security and dependability
  • Big Data techniques for analyzing the behavior of real-world systems
  • Scalable infrastructures for data storage and analysis


Tudor Dumitras is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research focuses on Big Data approaches to problems in system security and dependability. In his previous role at Symantec Research Labs he built the Worldwide Intelligence Network Environment (WINE) - a platform for experimenting with Big Data techniques. He received an Honorable Mention in the NSA competition for the Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper of 2012. He also received the 2011 A. G. Jordan Award from the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon University, the 2009 John Vlissides Award from ACM SIGPLAN, and the Best Paper Award at ASP-DAC'03. Tudor holds a Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University.


  • Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Diplôme d’Ingénieur in Computer Science from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France
  • B.S. in Compute Science from "Politechnica" University, Bucharest, Romania

Selected Publications 

  • E.Papalexakis, T. Dumitraș,D.H. Chau,A. Prakash    and C. Faloutsos.    ‘Spatio-temporal Mining    of Software Adoption & Penetration.’ In    IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM’13), Niagara Falls, CA, Aug 2013
  • L.Bilge and T. Dumitraş.‘Before    We Knew It: An Empirical Study of Zero-Day Attacks in the Real World.’ In    USENIX ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS’12), Raleigh,  NC, Oct  2012.(19% acceptance    rate)
  • T.Dumitraș and P.Narasimhan.‘Why Do Upgrades Fail And What Can We Do    About It? Toward Dependable, Online Upgrades in Enterprise Systems.'In    ACM/IFIP/USENIX     Conference on Middleware (Middleware’09), Urbana-Champaign,IL,Nov–Dec 2009.    

Honors and Awards 

  • Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper, Honorable  Mention, NSA 2013
  • A.G. Jordan Award,  Carnegie Mellon ECE Department (for outstanding Ph.D. thesis and service) 2011
  • John Vlissides Award, ACM  SIGPLAN (for significant promise in applied software research) 2009
  • 1stPlace,    ACM    Student    Research    Competition,    OOPSLA’09 2009
  • Research Grant, Amazon Web Services (for reducing upgrade failures via upgrades-as-a-service) 2009
  • Graduate    Student    Service    Award,    Carnegie    Mellon    University 2006
  • Best Paper Award, Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference 2003
  • Excellence scholarship, French  government's EIFFEL program 1999–2001

Professional Memberships 

  • ACM
  • IEEE

Related News 

MC2 Researchers Have Six Papers Accepted to USENIX Security Symposium
MC2 researchers are presenting on a wide array of security-related topics at the August 15-17, 2018 event August 14, 2018

MC2 Graduate Students Bring Passion, Innovation to the Field of Cybersecurity
Graduate students say MC2 provides a collaborative and supportive environment for research September 19, 2017

Dumitras Spearheads Internship Program Targeting European Students
Program is designed to attract talented undergrads to MC2 from underrepresented areas overseas September 5, 2017

Dumitras Chairs Conference Session on Emerging Cyber Threats, Novel Attacks
Session Focused on Security as a Complex Problem January 28, 2016

UMD Among Largest Recipients of NSF Funding for Cybersecurity Research and Education
UMD research awards are part of the NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program October 21, 2015

Dumitras Presents Paper on New Method of Malware Detection
Dumitras and researchers develop method of detecting malware before exisiting anti-virus products October 13, 2015

Dumitras' Paper Presented at USENIX Security Symposium
ECE Assistant Professor and grad students analyze software vulnerability-related information on Twitter. August 5, 2015

Dumitras Receives NSF Award to Study Software Update Vulnerabilities
The research will focus on the "timeliness" of software updates. May 15, 2015

UMD Cyber Experts Discover Lapses in Heartbleed Bug Fix
Researchers' detailed analysis found that website administrators nationwide tasked with patching security holes exploited by the Heartbleed bug may not have done enough. November 7, 2014

Clark School Welcomes New Faculty
Ten new faculty members join the Clark School for the 2013-2014 school year. September 10, 2013