Vahid Behzadan

                        Entrepreneur, Security ConsultantGraduate Researcher                         

I work on the security of airborne communications, specifically on attacks and defense mechanisms for physical and MAC layers of Flying Ad hoc Networks (FANET). I’m currently investigating cyber-physical attacks on UAV networks, and vulnerabilities of Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS).

Any collection of interacting agents can be modeled as a network, notable examples of which are neurons in the nervous system, birds flying in flocks, competing businesses in a market, and even wars, uprisings and insurgencies. Things get more exciting when the agents of such networks are autonomous and make decisions individually. I apply techniques from various disciplines such as game theory, quantum dynamics, control theory and thermodynamic to study and model the evolution and nonlinear dynamics of  these complex formations.

Not so long ago, if you married someone from an influential family, the reach and influence of your own family would spike overnight. If the majority of your friends are gang members, there is a good chance that you become a gang member yourself. If your secretive, totalitarian boss were to get hit by a boss tomorrow, chances are you’d be out looking for another job pretty soon. These examples show the importance of topology of connections in systems of interacting agents. I work on the topological security of networks by developing methods for inference, detection and exploitation of structural vulnerabilities in social, epidemic, biological and communications networks.


  • Ph.D. 2014 - Present

    Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering

    Computer Networking Lab - University of Nevada, Reno

  • Ph.D. 2012-2014

    Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

    Microwave Engineering Group - University of Birmingham, UK (transferred to UNR)

  • B.Eng. 2009-2012

    B.Eng. in Computer & Communication Systems

    University of Birmingham, UK

  • B.S. 2007-2009

    B.S. in Electrical Engineering

    Eastern Mediterranean University, Northern Cyprus (transferred to University of Birmingham)


  • Present2014

    Research Assistant

    Computer Networking Lab, University of Nevada, Reno

  • Present2014

    Teaching Assistant

    Department of Computer Science & Engineering - University of Nevada, Reno

  • 20142012

    Teaching Assistant

    School of Computer, Electronic & Electrical Engineering - University of Birmingham

  • 20112010

    Founder and CTO

    GenoSign Technologies Ltd.

  • 20072006

    Astrophysics and Observational Astronomy Instructor

    Ebn-e-Sina Center & Salam High Schools - Tehran, Iran

  • 20062003

    Founder and Administrator

    Hyper-Security Team

Creativity is the dialectic offspring of ideas, interconnected through recognition of patterns in their unexpected relevance and unexplored similarities.

My Awards

  • 2015
    Graduate Students Association Travel Grant
    In support of my attendance and paper presentation at IEEE Military Communications Conference 2015.
  • 2015
    Departmental Travel Grant
    In support of my attendance and paper presentation at the International Symposium of Cyberspace Safety and Security 2015.
  • 2015
    International Students Scholarship, UNR
  • 2012 - 2014
    International Students Bursary, University of Birmingham
  • 2009-2012
    Departmental Bursary, University of Birmingham
  • 2007-2009
    Outstanding International Student Scholarship - Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus
  • 2007-2009
    3 Consecutive Outstanding Student Awards, Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus