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Office Location

805 Columbus Avenue
626 Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Cristina Nita-Rotaru, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

Distributed systems and network security, insider-resilient systems, analytics for security and fault-tolerance.


  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • MS, Politechnica University of Bucharest
  • BS, Politechnica University of Bucharest


Cristina Nita-Rotaru is a Professor of Computer Science in the College of Computing and Information Science at Northeastern University. Prior to joining Northeastern she was faculty in the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University. Her research lies at the intersection of information security, distributed systems, and computer networks. The overarching goal of her work is designing and building practical distributed systems and network protocols that are robust to failures and attacks while coping with the resource constraints existent in computing systems and networks.

Cristina Nita-Rotaru is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2006. She is also a recipient of Purdue College of Science Research Award in 2013, Purdue Excellence in Research Award, Seeds for Success in 2012, Purdue College of Science Leadership Award, 2012, Purdue College of Science Undergraduate Advising Award in 2008, and Purdue Teaching for Tomorrow Award in 2007. She has served on the Technical Program Committee of numerous conferences in security, networking and distributed systems (IEEE S&P, USENIX Security, ACM CCS, NDSS, ACM Wisec, IEEE ICDCS, IEEE/IFIP DSN, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM CoNEXT, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICNP, WWW). She served as an assistant director for CERIAS (2011 – 2013). She is a member of the steering committee of ACM Wisec, a member of the IFIP Working Group on Dependable Computing and Fault-Tolerance, and a member of the steering committee of IEEE/IFIP DSN. She was an associate editor for Elsevier Computer Communications (2008 – 2011), IEEE Transactions on Computers (2011 – 2014), ACM Transactions on Information Systems Security (2009 – 2013), and Computer Networks (2012 – 2014). She is currently an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Systems.