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Onur Günlü

Assistant Professor, Docent

Onur's current research focuses on privacy for machine learning, information-theoretic security for physical layer security, private federated learning, secure distributed function computation, biometric and hardware-intrinsic security, etc.

Onur has been working as an ELLIIT Assistant Professor at Linköping University, Sweden at the division of Information Coding since October 2022.

Onur received the B.Sc. degree (Highest Distinction) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey in 2011; M.Sc. (Highest Distinction) and Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D. equivalent) degrees in Communications Engineering both from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany in October 2013 and November 2018, respectively.

He was a Working Student in the Communication Systems division of Intel Mobile Communications (IMC), now Apple Inc., in Munich, Germany during November 2012 - March 2013. Onur worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at TUM between February 2014 - May 2019.

He was a Visiting Researcher, among more than ten research stays at top universities and companies, at TU Eindhoven, Netherlands during February 2018 - March 2018 to visit Prof. Frans M. J. Willems, and later at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA during February 2022 - March 2022 to visit Prof. Matthieu Bloch. He was a Research Associate and Dozent between June 2019 - September 2020 and was a Research Group Leader and Dozent between October 2020 - March 2021 at TU Berlin, and he held the same academic titles at the Chair of Communications Engineering and Security at University of Siegen, Germany from April 2021 until September 2022.

Onur has been working as an ELLIIT Assistant Professor at Linköping University, Sweden in the Information Coding division since October 2022. He has been a BrainCity Berlin Ambassador since June 2020, received the prestigious VDE Information Technology Society (ITG) 2021 Johann-Philipp-Reis Award, and been selected by the IEEE Communications Society as 2021 Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE Transactions on Communications (TCOM).

Among his publications is the book Key Agreement with Physical Unclonable Functions and Biometric Identifiers (Dr. Hut Verlag, 2019). He is currently an Associate Editor of EURASIP JOURNAL ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING and ENTROPY Journal and a Reviewer Board Member of COMPUTERS and INFORMATION Journals, and recently was a Guest Editor of IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN INFORMATION THEORY.

Main Research Interests

  • Information Theoretic Privacy and Security
  • Coding Theory
    (e.g., Reliable/Robust/Compressed/Secure/Covert/Resilient Communications)
  • Physical Layer Security (PLS)
  • Biometric Secrecy Systems and Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs)
  • Federated Learning (FL) with Information Theoretic and Differential Privacy Guarantees
  • Differential Privacy (DP) for Correlated Data (e.g., Eye-Tracking VR/AR Data)
  • Secure and Private (Multi-Party) Multi-Function Computations
  • (Secure) Doubly Exponential Identification via Channels (e.g., for Sensor/Watermark Identification in Post-Shannon Communication)
  • Information Bottleneck Method
  • Secure Joint/Integrated Communication and Sensing (JCAS/ICAS/ISAC)
  • Statistical Signal Processing
  • Secure Multiple-input Multiple-output (MIMO) Wireless Terahertz (THz) Communications
  • (Conditional) Mutual Information Estimation via Neural Networks
  • Randomized Algorithms

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Onur Günlü, Matthieu Bloch, Rafael F. Schaefer, Aylin Yener (2023) Secure Integrated Sensing and Communication for Binary Input Additive White Gaussian Noise Channels 2023 IEEE 3RD INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON JOINT COMMUNICATIONS & SENSING, JC&S Continue to DOI
Onur Günlü, Rafael F. Schaefer, Holger Boche, H. Vincent Poor (2023) Secure and Private Distributed Source Coding With Private Keys and Decoder Side Information IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 18, p. 3803-3816 Continue to DOI
Onur Günlü, Rafael F. Schaefer, H. Vincent Poor (2023) Quality of Security Guarantees for and with Physical Unclonable Functions and Biometric Secrecy Systems Entropy, Vol. 25, Article 1243 Continue to DOI
Onur Günlü, Rafael F. Schaefer, Holger Boche, H. Vincent Poor (2023) Information Theoretic Methods for Future Communication Systems Entropy, Vol. 25, Article 392 Continue to DOI
Onur Günlü, Rick Fritschek, Rafael F. Schaefer (2023) Concatenated Classic and Neural (CCN) Codes: ConcatenatedAE 2023 IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING CONFERENCE, WCNC Continue to DOI