Dr.-Ing. Istemi Ekin Akkus

Researcher at Nokia Bell Labs

I am a researcher at Nokia Bell Labs in Stuttgart, Germany. My research interests lie in the intersection of computer networking and distributed systems. My current focus is cloud computing.

Previously, I was a Ph.D. student at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Germany. My advisor was Paul Francis.

I visited the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at Berkeley from March 2014 until August 2014. I worked with Nicholas Weaver on privacy issues on the web. During my visit, I developed the Priv3+ Firefox addon, which prevents third party tracking via cookies, but enables social networking features on websites without requiring a blacklist. Priv3+ essentially emulates a fourth cookie policy that accepts third party cookies, but doesn't send them unless the user interacts with the third-party content. I also ported Priv3+ as a Google Chrome extension.

During the summer of 2012, I was a research intern at Microsoft Research India in Bangalore. I worked with Saikat Guha on a personal and privacy-preserving (i.e., not talking with the cloud) digital assistant/recommendation system. Our tool ran locally on the user's device and tried to infer users' intent according to their email content. Using this locally obtained information, our tool tried to present the users suggestions, such as grouping related contacts together for a specific event in a calendar entry and providing useful links for relevant items in their emails.


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Ph.D., Computer Science
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Kaiserslautern and Saarbruecken, Germany
Sep 2010 - Mar 2016
Dissertation title: Towards A Non-tracking Web
Advisor: Professor Paul Francis

Master of Applied Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON Canada
Sep 2007 - Sep 2009
Thesis title: Data Recovery for Web Applications
Advisor: Professor Ashvin Goel

Master of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey
Sep 2005 - Aug 2007
Thesis title: Peer-to-peer Multipoint Video Conferencing Using Layered Video
Advisors: Professor M. Reha Civanlar, Professor Oznur Ozkasap

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Double Major
Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey
Sep 2000 - June 2005

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