Three faculty members to receive honorific professorships

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York University will honour three esteemed faculty members during 2024 Spring Convocation with Distinguished Research Professor and University Professor recognitions.

Distinguished Research Professor is a designation reflecting a member of faculty who has made outstanding contributions to the York U community through research and whose work is recognized within and outside of the University.

A University Professor is a member of faculty recognized for extraordinary contributions to scholarship and teaching, as well participation in university life.

This year’s winners are:

Distinguished Research Professor

Roger Keil, Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

Roger Keil
Roger Keil

Professor Keil’s research and teaching has focused on health in cities and suburbs, societal relationships with nature and how people govern themselves. His most extensive contributions have been in the fields of urban political ecology, global suburbanization, as well as cities and infectious disease. Recently, he has demonstrated research leadership in studying the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

At York U, Keil has occupied several important roles, including founding director of York University’s City Institute (made up of interdisciplinary urban scholars) and York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies.

Throughout his career, Keil has published over 10 books and 150 articles, in addition to overseeing others’ work as editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, a premier journal in his field. He has also earned several awards, including being named a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and receiving a York University President’s Research Excellence Award.

“I am extremely honoured to receive this prestigious award,” says Keil. “I am fortunate to have worked alongside supportive colleagues and brilliant students at the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change and the City Institute.”

Distinguished Research Professor

Leah Vosko, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Leah Vosko
Leah Vosko

A professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Political Economy of Gender and Work, Vosko has become a leader in the study of gender and politics, citizenship, migration and labour markets. Her research has a frequent focus on part-time, seasonal and contract workers, and the question, “What can be done to mitigate labour market insecurity?”

An author and editor of numerous scholarly books, volumes and articles, her work has been driven by the aim of protecting precarious workers by shaping better policies and understanding around the labour market.

For those efforts, Vosko has received several prestigious recognitions, including the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Impact Award (Insight Category), an election to the Royal Society of Canada, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Charles Taylor Prize for Excellence in Policy Research and a Premier’s Research Excellence Award.

“I feel extremely fortunate to have received this recognition and to have spent so much of my career in the highly collaborative and critical interdisciplinary environment at York,” says Vosko.

University Professorship

Aleksander Czekanski, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Aleksander Czekanski
Aleksander Czekanski

Since joining York University in 2014, Czekanski has specialized in cutting-edge engineering principles, including additive manufacturing, bioprinting and soft tissue mechanics, with applications ranging from biomedical science to materials manufacturing. His research has been awarded more than $10 million in external grants as a principal or co-applicant.

In addition to holding the role of Natural Sciences & Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Chair in Design Engineering, Czekanski has filled several roles at Lassonde and the University, in particular as founder or co-founder of: the Integrated Design & Engineering Analysis Laboratory, which supports high-calibre research, student learning experiences and the development of innovative engineering solutions; the Additive Manufacturing in Engineering Design & Global Entrepreneurship program, which provides students with technical and entrepreneurial training as part of the NSERC Collaborative Research & Training Experience; and the Manufacturing, Technology & Entrepreneurship Centre, which aims to bring innovative technologies to market.

Over the past decade, Czekanski has received awards recognizing his excellence in teaching and research, including the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award, the Lassonde Innovation Award – Established Researcher, the Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence in Industry from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, as well as multiple industry fellowships. He has also served on the board of directors of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering and is currently its president.

“Receiving this University Professorship is both an honour and a profound responsibility. It signifies recognition by peers and the academic community for my contributions to scholarship, education and community engagement, and it catalyzes my commitment to continue pushing the boundaries of knowledge and pedagogy,” he says. “As I embrace this role, I am inspired to further cultivate a legacy of intellectual curiosity and academic excellence that extends beyond the classroom, impacting our community and the broader world.”

For a full list of ceremonies, visit the Convocation website.

Three York University scholars named Banting Postdoctoral Fellows

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York University scholars Saba Asaad, Stephen Melly and Lynn Yu Ling Ng have been named among this year’s recipients of the prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by the Government of Canada.

The fellowship program aims to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, develop their leadership potential and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow. Valued at $70,000 per year for two years, it allows ambitious scholars to conduct their research and devote substantial time to work without the financial pressures that might typically arise.

The successful applicants were reviewed against three equally weighted selection criteria: research excellence and leadership in the research domain; quality of the proposed research program; and institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between the applicant and institutional strategic priorities.

Below are York University’s three Banting Postdoctoral Fellows for 2023-24 and their associated projects.

Saba Asaad, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Saba Asaad
Saba Asaad

Asaad’s research project, titled “Over-the-Air Federated Learning via Benchmark Wireless Network,” develops algorithmic and analytic frameworks to address essential issues arising in the implementation of federated learning (FL) – a sub-field of machine learning that relies on decentralized data – in practical wireless networks. Asaad’s project proposes an alternative method called over-the-air FL which can address those challenges.

“Federated learning was first designed for ideal communication networks,” explains Asaad. “However, in realistic edge-learning scenarios, the edge devices [which provide a connection between different networks], connected to the parameter server via wireless links, face several challenges due to uncertain wireless conditions and limited resources.”

Asaad’s approach can be leveraged in the development of a large variety of services that deal with the concept of distributed learning.

Stephen Melly, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering

Stephen Melly
Stephen Melly

Melly’s proposed research, titled “Development of the Computational Constitutive Model for Super-soft 4D Bioprinted Materials,” aims to formulate computational models that capture the complex mechanical characteristics of super-soft materials. This research has the potential to enhance the understanding of super-soft materials in 4D bioprinting – which has emerged as a useful tool for biomedical applications such as tissue regeneration – facilitating advancements in the field and the development of reliable and customized artificial tissues that match the specific needs of individual patients.

“Successful design and fabrication of engineered tissues necessitate a comprehensive grasp of the mechanical characteristics of super-soft materials,” says Melly. “This guarantees the efficacy of biomedical applications, as differences in mechanical properties between the engineered tissues and the surrounding biological tissues may result in complications like rejection.”

This cutting-edge project helps to meet the growing demand for accurate computational models that describe the complex mechanical behaviours of super-soft tissues.

Lynn Yu Ling Ng, Department of Politics, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Lynn Yu Ling Ng
Lynn Yu Ling Ng

Ng’s project, titled “Care for All is Care that Pulls Us Through,” employs an advanced critical intersectional approach to analyze care work and the presence of distinct forms of structural inequality (e.g. age, race, gender, class, nationality) that influence migrant care workers (MCWs) and their capacity to care for elderly persons. The project’s guiding questions are: how do MCWs make sense of caring for the elderly and for themselves; how do they strive to protect these visions of care; and how can these imaginaries of care be accounted for and integrated into care and labour migration policy?

“Eldercare is rarely framed from the perspective of MCWs beyond the common identity debates of race, gender and class,” says Ng. “Neither has much attention been given to their rich migratory experiences and expert knowledge of care work.”

The results of this project are expected to provide a valuable source of information for policy development in the field of eldercare. 

For more information about the fellowship and how to apply, visit the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship competition web page.

PhD candidate receives dissertation fellowship in Buddhist studies

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Htet Min Lwin, a PhD candidate in York University’s Department of Humanities and a graduate associate at the York Centre for Asian Research, has been awarded a 2024 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in Buddhist Studies to advance his dissertation work in Buddhist studies.

Htet Min Lwin
Htet Min Lwin

Htet is one of 11 scholars from universities around the world who have been awarded $30,000 each in support of their dissertation fieldwork, archival research and writing. This fellowship program is administered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and made possible by a grant from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global, which aims to promote the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of scholars in the field, and increase the visibility of new knowledge and research on Buddhist traditions.

The award builds upon – and looks to advance – Htet’s doctoral research at York which explores the Myanmar government’s attempts in 1958, 1962 and successfully in 1980 to institutionalize the country’s monastics – people who renounce worldly pursuits to devote themselves fully to spiritual work – under a centralized, state-backed authority.

Arguing against the triumph of the state’s political secularism, his work demonstrates the monks’ Buddhist logic and the sources of power within the tradition that led to them finally accepting this centralized authority. He shows how the state’s attempt to regulate religion resulted not only in the monastics being put under state control but the state ultimately being transformed by religion – creating a more orthodox society and resulting in an authoritarian, nationalist Buddhist state and communities.

“I am extremely delighted and looking forward to the field research,” says Htet, “as my work has potential to provide significant theoretical intervention on how the other-worldly ideal of the Theravada [Buddhist] tradition and protection of Buddhist teaching can get entwined with the ‘political secularism’ of the modern nation-state.”

York University Professor receives community research award


York University Assistant Professor Marsha Rampersaud, who teaches law and society in the Department of Social Science in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, has received a prestigious award from Community-Based Research Canada (CBRCanada) in recognition of her work with marginalized youth.

The Emerging Community-Based Researcher Award is among the top honours given out by CBRCanada, recognizing excellence in community-based research. The organization selected Rampersaud as its winner this year among a list of 18 other high-calibre nominations from across Canada.

Marsha Rampersaud

Rampersaud received the award as a recognition of her research engagement with marginalized youth and their communities, working toward societal change in the criminal justice system. In particular, she combines insights from the critical race, punishment, and abolition theories to examine issues of racial and social justice, the purpose of punishment and the impacts of societal structures on differently situated groups.

Rampersaud’s approach as a socio-legal researcher, whose approach is firmly rooted in practice, collaborates closely with the communities that inform her research to cultivate projects from the ground up.

Her community-driven research approach has led to impactful work, like a report she co-authored, titled “Half the Time I Felt Nobody Loved Me,” which has been praised for its examination of youth “aging out” of state guardianship in Ontario and the tangible and intangible costs associated with inadequate support. The report offers policy suggestions to enhance outcomes for youth and society.

Her extensive work in the field has also helped shape programming at StepStones for Youth, an organization she is involved with that supports youth in and from the foster care and group home care systems.

During a virtual awards gala, CBRCanada presented Rampersaud with a $1,000 cash prize to support her future community-based research projects. “This generous funding from CBRCanada will help support a Social Work Symposium this fall, hosted by StepStones for Youth, that will bring together international experts to tackle current issues in child protection,” she says.

York students publish research on workplace gender discrimination

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A paper by undergraduate students in York University’s School of Human Resource Management, titled “Discrimination against women in the workplace: Review and recommendations for more inclusive organizations,” was published in the esteemed International Journal of Employment Studies. It examines the pervasive issue of discrimination against women in the workplace, addressing key areas such as gender bias, motherhood and pregnancy discrimination, and the gender pay gap.

Students Nicki Nguyen, Nishana Ganesh and Sarah Versteeg initially began their work in Professor Duygu Biricik Gulseren’s Occupational Health and Safety class, where one of their assignments was to review 10 recent research articles on a workplace health and safety topic of their interest. Gulseren was so impressed with their work, she invited the students to expand their review and collaborate with her.

Together, the team conducted a larger literature review on workplace discrimination against women, focusing on three common types: gender bias, pregnancy and motherhood discrimination, and pay gap. Investigating why, how and when discrimination against women occurs in the workplace, they found that the discrimination is directly related to factors like gender, pregnancy or motherhood status, and compensation in the workplace.

“This paper aims to provide a research synthesis and evidence-based recommendations for [human resources] leaders wishing to prevent gender discrimination demonstrated through gender bias, motherhood and pregnancy discrimination, and the gender pay gap,” says Gulseren. “It also serves as an up-to-date review for researchers interested in this topic.”

Drawing upon the latest evidence available, the paper offers practical recommendations for organizations striving to bolster their gender diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. It serves as a valuable resource for businesses aiming to foster a more inclusive and equitable work environment.

Under their professor’s guidance, the students have made a significant contribution to the field of workplace diversity and inclusion, an accomplishment most undergraduate students can’t claim. Gulseren is proud of her students’ impact.

“The paper is published in a peer-reviewed journal listed in the selective Australian Business Deans Council journal list along with papers from other, mostly PhD-level, researchers,” she explains. “This is a tremendous achievement for undergraduate students. They pushed the field forward by making a novel and meaningful contribution to the academic discourse on gender diversity in organizations.”

York University helps drive growth in Canada’s public policy landscape

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In an increasingly complex world facing daunting challenges from climate change to geopolitical conflicts, the need for skilled policymakers has never been greater. Crafting effective policies to tackle these multifaceted problems requires a deep understanding of systems, the ability to bridge diverse stakeholder interests and a commitment to the public good. As governments grapple with these pressing issues, the demand for graduates of York University’s School of Public Policy & Administration (SPPA) are meeting the need head-on.

Fausto Natarelli
Fausto Natarelli

“Founded over 40 years ago, SPPA is one of the largest and most respected public policy programs in Canada,” says Fausto Natarelli, an SPPA adjunct professor. “The school has been at the forefront of training the next generation of public servants, equipping graduates with the knowledge and skills to make a real difference in communities across Canada and around the world,”

Since its inception in the early 2000s, the Master in Public Policy Administration & Law (MPPAL) program has played a pivotal role in driving this expansion, swiftly rising to become one of Canada’s largest graduate programs in public policy studies. “Designed for working professionals, it offers a flexible, part-time executive format tailored to the needs of both public and private sector professionals,” says Natarelli, himself an early graduate.

SPPA and MPPAL alumni are actively addressing today’s most pressing issues, from pandemic preparedness to economic recovery and social justice. The COVID-19 crisis has only underscored the value of their expertise, as governments grapple with the fallout.

The pandemic revealed weaknesses in health-care systems and exacerbated inequalities, highlighting the urgent need for effective policy responses. Economic downturns left millions unemployed and businesses struggling, further emphasizing the importance of sound policymaking in times of crisis.

As the world seeks to recover and rebuild, SPPA and MPPAL alumni are playing a crucial role in shaping resilient policies and driving positive change. From developing strategies to prevent and respond to future pandemics, to designing economic recovery plans that create jobs and support vulnerable populations, to crafting policies that promote equity and social justice – SPPA and MPPAL graduates are putting their education into practice.

“Our graduates are making a real impact across government, non-profits and the private sector,” affirms Natarelli, citing the diverse career paths of alumni, who benefited from the summer paid internship and practicum placements.

“Their success speaks to the enduring relevance of SPPA in shaping the future of public policy and administration.”

For more information, visit the School of Public Policy & Administration website.

York forges international cybersecurity collaboration

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Just as modern life has become increasingly reliant on the storing and sharing of digital information, so too has the need to protect it. York University’s Behaviour-Centric Cybersecurity Center (BCCC) was established as a response to this ever-growing need, striving to identify the underlying causes of malicious cyberattacks and provide insights for future detection and prevention.

In an effort to advance its cybersecurity research and foster global academic collaboration, BCCC has secured a groundbreaking partnership with Japan’s National Institute of Information & Communications Technology (NICT) through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Under the MOU, BCCC and NICT will engage in various collaborative activities focused on cybersecurity, including: knowledge exchange, research collaboration, student and researcher exchange, international networking and funding opportunities, resource sharing, joint workshops and conferences, and publication opportunities. By leveraging their collective expertise and resources, the two teams aim to address cybersecurity challenges and develop solutions to mitigate risks in today’s interconnected world.

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Arash Habibi Lashkari, photo by Rob Blanchard

Professor Arash Habibi Lashkari, founder and director of BCCC at York, expressed excitement about the collaboration, stating, “This MOU represents a significant milestone in our efforts to strengthen global cybersecurity research collaboration. By partnering with NICT, we can leverage each other’s strengths and expertise to tackle cybersecurity challenges more effectively.”

This initiative will centre on cybersecurity research projects initiated and led by BCCC. Through joint research initiatives and international networking, researchers from both institutions will work together on mutual-interest projects, helping to advance cybersecurity knowledge and practices.

“We’re excited to forge this research partnership with the BCCC at York University,” said Professor Tao Ban, the research leader from NICT. “Through this MOU, we aim to enhance collaboration with Canada, integrating our unique competencies and insights to elevate cybersecurity practices.”

This collaboration is expected to facilitate a dynamic exchange of knowledge and expertise, benefiting all students, researchers and institutions involved.

For more information, visit the Behaviour-Centric Cybersecurity Center website.

Professor recognized with distinguished service award

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Professor Randal F. Schnoor has received the 2024 Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS) in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of study.

The report by the award jurors recognized Schnoor as a “brilliant and insightful scholar [who] has looked at a wide range of topics in Canadian Jewish life … and has done particularly important comparative work in those areas.”  

Schnoor has been teaching Jewish studies and religious studies at York University in the Department of Humanities since 2004, specializing in the study of contemporary Canadian Jewish life.

Randal Schnoor
Randal Schnoor

Over the course of his career, he has published numerous books, articles, chapters and more on Jewish identity, Jewish day schools, Hasidic Jews and 2SLGBTQIA+ Jews, among other contemporary topics. As president of the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies for nine years, he has also helped advance the field’s reach and relevance.

Schnoor has made an impact as well with contributions to policy research around Jewish poverty in Toronto, how to approach engaging interfaith families, South African Jews in Toronto and ways to address enrolment changes for Toronto’s Jewish community high school.

“The field’s central scholarly organization – the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies – has now formally recognized what many of us already deeply appreciate,” says David Koffman, the J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry and a professor in the Department of History. “Professor Schnoor has made outstanding and enduring contributions to the field as a scholar who has broken new ground repeatedly, as an inspiring and effective teacher to thousands of York students over the years, and as a stalwart leader who has served the field in so many ways. The award is richly deserved.” 

Among his efforts, Schnoor has also demonstrated commitment to important work with Jewish and Muslim students at York outside of the classroom. Most recently, he has revitalized Bridging the Gap, a part of York’s Supporting Open & Respectful Dialogue Program, which looks to design opportunities and establish safe spaces for honest and respectful dialogue on York’s campuses.

This past February, the first event took place on the Keele Campus to discuss the Israel-Palestine issue. The initiative has garnered media attention and interest from other post-secondary institutions – like Western University, Toronto Metropolitan University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Sydney in Australia – to share insights.

Schnoor will receive his award at the ACJS annual conference in Montreal in June as part of this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada’s largest gathering of academics in the field – and one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Students present sustainable solutions, enhance career-readiness at Spring Capstone Day

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Five monetary awards were presented to teams of upper-year students at York University’s 2024 Spring Capstone Day, a public event hosted by the Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom (C4) in celebration of innovation, creativity, ambition and impact.

Held on April 26, this year’s Spring Capstone Day drew more than 350 members of the York community and external visitors to York’s Scott Library Collaboratory. There, attendees learned about the work of the 225 presenting students, whose capstone projects – finishing-year projects where student teams work with external clients to solve real-world problems – focused on innovative and sustainable design solutions, aiming to address societal issues, advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and create positive change. This biannual project showcase is an invaluable opportunity for students to share their experience and develop professional skills to enhance their career-readiness.

“For three hours, the entire Collaboratory was sparkling with conversations between project partners; York staff, professors and librarians; and students from every Faculty at York,” said Danielle Robinson, co-founder and co-lead of C4, a high-impact experiential education course intended to uniquely prepare students for the next phase of their career. “Our collective focus was on launching these students out into the world as the powerful changemakers they are ready to be.”

An important day for all participating students, Robinson described it as similar to a graduation or a professional debut, where students get dressed up and present their work to attendees and judges.

According to Mahogany Lopez, a Faculty of Science student whose team won the Sustainability Award, the day was bittersweet. “It marked the end of my journey with the C4 class, where I made new friends and had an amazing time,” she said. “However, I was happy to see our project well-received and to witness the impressive work of different groups. This experience emphasized the value of interdisciplinary learning and collaboration in solving real-world problems.”

Donna Nguyen, a student in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, whose team won the Community Impact Award, appreciated the event for shining a spotlight on student work: “This event and this win was important to me as a student because our hard work was acknowledged and it signified that our ideas genuinely made an impact on the community,” she said.

Faculty of Health Professor Asal Moghaddaszadeh, who acted as a project shepherd, guiding students through their project journey in the C4 class, believes the Capstone Day event is pivotal for the University.

“It’s about instilling teamwork, fostering community partnerships and preparing students to tackle workforce challenges boldly,” she said. “Additionally, by working in interdisciplinary teams, students learn the importance of collaboration across diverse Faculties, enriching their problem-solving skills.”

Lassonde School of Engineering student Mehrshad Farahbakhsh agreed, calling Capstone Day a “transformative experience.”

“It taught me the value of collaboration and how diverse perspectives can lead to innovative solutions,” said the international student, whose team won the Innovation Award for their project focused on making the automotive industry more sustainable. “Each member of our group brought a unique background and approach to the table, which allowed us to brainstorm innovative solutions.”

The awards students were competing for included the YSpace-sponsored Innovation Award, with a prize of $100 for the winning student team; and the GHD-sponsored Community Impact Award and Honda Canada Foundation-sponsored Sustainability Award, both offering prizes of $1,500 to the winning teams and $500 to the runners-up.

The day’s award winners were determined by a committee of 16 York University judges – from YSpace, Alumni Engagement and the Office of Sustainability. The full list of award winners and project titles are as follows:

  • Innovation Award winner: “Finding Our Way through Sustainable Choices (Weins Auto Group)” by Team BF;
  • Community Impact Award winner: “Fostering Food Sovereignty (HiGarden)” by Team BE;
  • Community Impact Award runner-up: “Policy Pal (Engage)” by Team AC;
  • Sustainability Award winner: “Reconstructing Education (Sensorium)” by Team AA; and
  • Sustainability Award runner-up: “Saving the Planet (Independent)” by Team BD.

For more information about these projects, the winners and the Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom, visit the C4 website or email

York research collaboration to improve cybersecurity threat detection, mitigation

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York University’s Behaviour-Centric Cybersecurity Center (BCCC) is advancing leadership in cybersecurity by collaborating with cPacket – a network monitoring company – to tackle a major cybercrime threat.

A significant challenge in cybercrime is a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, in which cybercriminals flood an online server with internet traffic to prevent users from accessing connected services and sites. This usually results in a server’s total shutdown and inaccessibility.

Sometimes, institutions detect DDoS attacks after the damage has already been done or when they are too far underway to stop them. Recognizing the critical need for real-time detection to combat this cyberthreat, York’s BCCC and network monitoring company cPacket collaborated to develop a comprehensive solution to help cybersecurity researchers more effectively study and respond to DDoS attacks.

The result of this collaboration is a new dataset – a structured collection of data commonly used in fields such as machine learning, statistics and data science for tasks such as training models, conducting research or decision making – named BCCC-cPacket-Cloud-DDoS-2024. This DDoS attack-specific dataset was created to overcome a range of shortcomings among existing datasets.

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Arash Habibi Lashkari; photo by Rob Blanchard.

“This collaboration between York University and cPacket marks a significant step forward in the fight against DDoS attacks, addressing critical gaps in existing datasets and paving the way for more effective detection and mitigation strategies,” says Professor Arash Habibi Lashkari, founder and director of BCCC at York. 

The newly developed dataset captures a diverse range of potential threat scenarios, providing researchers with a comprehensive set of situations to study and respond to.

Another crucial component is the dataset’s cloud infrastructure, which combines several computers, servers, switches and routers on a single platform. This makes it possible to create a system that can easily change in size and shape, simulating different kinds of network traffic and helping researchers to more easily mimic real-life scenarios, which is useful for testing new ways to find and stop cyberattacks.

“By providing a comprehensive dataset that reflects real-world network conditions, we aim to empower researchers and practitioners in the information technology security field to develop more robust and resilient cybersecurity solutions, ultimately making the digital world safer for everyone,” says Ron Nevo, cPacket’s chief technology officer. 

The new dataset also includes detailed information about network traffic, which allows researchers to more closely analyze the data and develop methods that use artificial intelligence to detect and classify different types of network activity.

“This collaboration represents a significant advancement in cybersecurity,” says Lashkari. “By addressing the shortcomings of existing datasets and providing a comprehensive solution for studying DDoS attacks, this project could result in the deployment of more resilient cybersecurity systems across various sectors, safeguarding critical infrastructure, businesses and individuals from evolving cyber threats.”

For more information about cybersecurity datasets, visit the Behaviour-Centric Cybersecurity Center website.