Benjamin Fung

Canada Research Chair in Data Mining for Cybersecurity; Associate Professor
Academic title(s): 

Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc., Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada
P.Eng., Software Engineering, Professional Engineers Ontario, Canada
ACM & IEEE Senior Member

Dr. Benjamin Fung is a Canada Research Chair in Data Mining for Cybersecurity, an Associate Professor of Information Studies (SIS) at McGill University, an Associate Member of Computer Science (SoCS) at McGill University, a Co-curator of Cybersecurity in the World Economic Forum (WEF), and an Associate Editor of Elsevier Sustainable Cities and Society (SCS). He received a Ph.D. degree in computing science from Simon Fraser University in 2007, under the supervision of Prof. Ke Wang. Dr. Fung has over 120 refereed publications that span the prestigious research forums of data mining, privacy protection, cyber forensics, services computing, and building engineering. His data mining works in crime investigation and authorship analysis have been reported by media worldwide. His research has been supported in part by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), and Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT), and NCFTA Canada. Before joining McGill, he was a faculty member at Concordia University for six years, and a system software developer at SAP Business Objects for four years. Dr. Fung is a licensed professional engineer in software engineering, and is currently affiliated with the Data Mining and Security Lab (DMaS) at SIS. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor of Information Systems Engineering (CIISE) at Concordia.


Contact Information
Email address: 
ben.fung [at]
Area of expertise: 

Research areas:

  • Data mining & databses
  • Text mining
  • Data security & privacy
  • Services computing


  • Health  informatics
  • Crime investigation
  • Authorship analytics
  • Malware analysis
  • Transportation
  • Building engineering
  • Fashion analytics
School of Information Studies (SIS)
Media guide subjects: 
Computer science
Library and information studies
Language(s) spoken: 
Canada Research Chair in Data Mining for Cybersecurity; Associate Professor

Interviewed by McGill Headway (topic: authorship analysis) - Apr. 2014

Interviewed by International Media (topic: hunting for cyber criminals) - June 2013

Audio Podcast: Beyond the Headlines (topic: security & authorship analysis) - 2012

Interviewed by Fairchild TV (topic: data mining & authorship analysis) - May 2011

Interviewed by International Media (topic: authorship analysis) - March 2011

Interviewed by Concordia Journal (topic: authorship analysis) - March 2011