Shahriar Nick Rahimi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor School of Computing Sciences & EngineeringUniversity of Southern Mississippi118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39402 
Office: TEC 330Phone: (601)266-4949 (main office)

Nick Rahimi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Cybersecurity Education Coordinator
Director of Cyber Innovations Lab
CAE-CD Point of Contact (PoC)

Dr. Nick Rahimi is an assistant professor at the School of Computing Sciences & Computer Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). He serves as the director of the Cyber Innovations Lab and is the Point of Contact (PoC) for the National Cybersecurity Agency (NSA) at USM. Dr. Rahimi earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in computer science from Southern Illinois University. He holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in computer software engineering and another in Information Systems Technologies with a concentration in Cybersecurity. His primary research interests encompass cybersecurity, distributed systems, decentralized networks, blockchain technology, cryptography, internet anti-censorship, and machine learning in cybersecurity. Dr. Rahimi brings substantial teaching experience to his role, having developed courses in cybersecurity, computer science, and information technology. He is the author of numerous papers in the fields of computer science and cybersecurity. Currently, he advises and mentors more than twenty undergraduate and graduate students engaged in computer science and cybersecurity research. Additionally, he possesses over eight years of industry experience, having worked as a software engineer and project manager.

Research Interest: Computer and Network Security, Machine Learning in cybersecurity, Peer-to-Peer Networks, Blockchain Technology , Applied Cryptography, Internet Anti-Censorship , Distributed Systems and Computer Networks .

I am looking for hardworking, creative, and self-motivated graduate and undergraduate (PhD , Master & Bachelor) students with interests in cybersecurity, decentralized networks, machine learning and blockchain. If you are a student interested in joining my lab, please send me an email with your CV, research interests and contact information.

Recent News:

My proposal to establish a new Computing Research Center (CRC) at our School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering (CSCE) has been selected to receive a $32,000 award from the Jimmy A. Payne Foundation.

This innovative initiative aims to create a center that will transform research engagement at CSCE. 

In a major milestone in our cybersecurity education efforts and  in a collaboration with the National Guard, we were awarded $1.5 million from the Department of Labor to develop new cyber warfare curricula to address evolving threats. This initiative will train National Guard soldiers in cutting-edge cybersecurity practices while providing our students valuable opportunities to work alongside experts in the field.

 I will be serving as the Program Chair for the 33rd International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (SEDE 2024). SEDE 2024 will be held in conjunction with the 37th International Conference on Computer Applications in Industry and Engineering (CAINE 2024) at the Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island in San Diego, California. The event is scheduled for October 20-21, 2024. The proceedings of the conference will be published by Springer Nature.

In a significant milestone, University of Southern Mississippi has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense through the academic year 2028.

I will be serving as the faculty advisor for the Google Developer Club at USM. 

Lab News:

Summer 2024:

2. New Book chapter Publication:

April & May 2024:

Title: Security Challenges in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Authors: Akbar Murad, Nick Rahimi, Indranil Roy, Bidyut Gupta

Publisher: Taylr & Farncis Group

Feb & March 2024:

Jan 2024:

December 2023:

November 2023:

1. Rabeea Fatima and Sajim Ahmed represented USM and the CIL lab very well at the GC3 Conference. Their research poster, titled 'A Machine Learning Approach for Ransomware Detection,' was awarded first place at the conference. The 10th annual Gulf Coast Chapters Conference (GC3) was held in Biloxi, MS, where researchers from Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi showcased their research findings.

2.   New Journal Acceptance  

October 2023:

1. During an invited talk at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Rahimi presented a novel research titled 'CryptoLoc: Secure Decentralized Location-based Cryptography without GPS'.

2.  Saydul Akbar Murad represented USM and CIL Lab at "IEEE- 10th International Conference on Internet of Things: Systems, Management and Security (IOTSMS 2023), San Antonio, and presented: Secure and Scalable Permissioned Blockchain using LDE-P2P Networks

3. Rabeea Fatima and Sajim Ahmed, undergraduate researchers at the CIL lab, recently submitted a poster titled 'A Machine Learning Approach for Ransomware Detection' to the Gulf Coast Annual Regional Conference (GC3). Excitingly, the poster has been accepted.

September 2023:

1. New Conference Paper Publication Acceptance:

2. Saydul Akbar Murad awarded another $300 for travel funds from the Graduate School. 

August 2023:

July 2023:

June 2023: New Journal Publication Acceptance:

March 2023: Heather Broome and Yaju Shrestha , undergraduate researchers at Cyber Innovations Lab awarded 2nd place in computing Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Creative Activity at Southern Miss. Their reserach entitled : "Darknet Traffic Classification and Adversarial Attacks." Aayush Gautam and NyZaireyus Harrison are collaborating in this research as well. 

May 2023: New Journal Publication Acceptance: