Department of Computer Science and Engineering

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC 29208, USA

Email: farkas@cec.sc.edu Phone: (803)576-5762




2000               Ph.D., Information Technology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

1993               M.S., Computer Science, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA        

1989               B.S., Computer Science, Institution of Computer Science, Budapest, Hungary

1985               B.S., Geology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary


Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment

2006-             Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

2000-2006    Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

1996-2000    Research Assistant, Department of Information and Software Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

1995-1996    Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

1987-1989    Geologist and Computer Scientist, Hungarian Oil and Gas Trust, Budapest, Hungary

1985-1987  Computer Scientist, River Exploration Company, Budapest, Hungary


Honors and awards

2015               Samuel Litman Distinguished Professor Award, College of Engineering and Computing, University of South Carolina

2015               Most Valuable Professor, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Carolina

2013-2016    Bell South Teaching Fellow, College of Engineering and Computing, University of South Carolina,

2008               Young Investigator Research Award, College of Engineering and Computing, University of South Carolina

2007               Outstanding Achievement, NSF Career, University of South Carolina

2003-2008    National Science Foundation Career Award

1996-1999    IT&E Doctoral Fellowship Award, George Mason University, VA

1994               Computer Science Graduate Honor Roll Award, George Mason University, VA


Primary Research Areas:


Other Experience and Professional Memberships (last 7 years only)



Synergistic Activities


Ph.D. Dissertations Supervised


1.       Aspen Olmstead, “Web Service Transaction Correctness,” Graduated 2014. Tenure-track Assistant Professor, College of Charleston, SC, http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/2728/

2.       Sidney Valentine, “PLC Code Vulnerabilities Through SCADA Systems,” graduated 2013. Vice President, Academic Affairs and Student Services, South Florida State College, http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/803/

3.       Ousmane Dia, “Access Control Frameworks for Rapidly Evolving Business Enterprises,” graduated 2012. Research Scientist, Amazon,  http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/778/

4.       Maryam Jafari-Lafti, “P2F: A User-Centric Privacy Protection Framework,” graduated 2010. Manager, Enterprise Risk Services at Deloitte, Canada, http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/194/

5.       Amit Jain, “RDF Security,” graduated 2008. Semantic Web Researcher, Hyderabad, India

6.       Vaibhav Gowadia, “Semantic-Aware XML Security,” graduated 2007. Senior Java Developer, Smartology.net, UK

7.       Tyrone Toland, “: Inference Problem in Dynamic Databases,” graduated 2005. Associate Professor, University of South Carolina, Upstate

8.       Naren Kodali, “Enforcing Semantics-Aware Security in Multimedia Documents,” graduated 2004. IT Security Architecture and Compliance/Audit Consultant, Faculty at Stratford University

9.       Andrei Stoica, “Integrated Security Framework for Semantically Enhanced Semi-Structured Data,” graduated 2004. Vice President, Global Systems Development at IMS Health, Philadelphia


1.       Anna Starrenburg, “Efficient Storage Allocation for Web Services,” expected graduation 2015.

2.       Mark Daniels, “Medical Privacy – Big Data Aspect,” expected graduation 2016.

3.       Emad Alsuwat, “Web-Based Transactions Efficiency,” expected graduation 2017.

4.       Mouiad AlWahal, “Ontological Reasoning for Security,” expected graduation 2017.

5.       John Ravan, “Prediction-Based Web Services Concurrency Control, “ expected graduation 2017.

6.       Theppatorn Rhujittawiwat, “Streaming Data Security Model,” Expected graduate 2017.


M.S. Theses Supervised


1.       Surya Bhatt, “Big Data Analytics for Market Research,” graduated 2015.

2.       Emad Alsuwat, “Practical Concurrency Support for Web Service Transactions,” graduated 2014. http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/3007/

3.       Biswa Senapati, “Column Store Database - A New Approach to GIS Application,” graduated 2012. http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/798/

4.       Ankur Jain, “Accountability and Privacy Preservation (AP2) in VANET Communications,” graduated 2011.  http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/783/

5.       Brandon Barkley, “Sensitive Data Protection n Social Networks,” graduated 2008.

6.       Chaitanya Evani, “Secure WS Orchestration with BPEL,” graduated 2007.

7.       Deepanwita Roy, “Secure XML Updates,”, graduated 2005.

8.       Vaibhav Gowadia, “XML Access Control,” graduated 2003.

9.       Sharon Gregory, “A National Evaluation of State Level Computer Crime Units,” graduated 2002.

10.   Ronni Wilkinson, “Honey Net Project,” graduated 2002.

11.   S. Agnihotri, “Database Reengineering Using Modified System Development Life Cycle Approach,” graduated 2002.

12.   B. Wongsaisuwan, “Secure Database Systems: A Case Study of Banghkok Fresh Market,” graduated 2001.


1.       Hatim Alsuwat, “Usability of Security Tools,” expected graduation 2015.