General Information

Full Name M. Caner Tol
Languages Turkish, English


  • Present
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
    • Advisor - Prof. Berk Sunar
  • 2022
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
    • Advisor - Prof. Berk Sunar
  • 2019
    Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, Ankara, Turkey
    • Advisor - Dr. Yesim Serinagaoglu

Academic Interests

  • Microarchitectural Security
    • Automatic detection of side-channels using AI
  • ML Security
    • Side-channel and Fault Injection attacks on ML models


  • 2019 - Present
    Research and Teaching Assistant
    Vernam Lab, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    • Research on ML applications of GAN, Transformer models, and other NLP techniques on Microarchitectural side-channel attacks and time series data, and fault attacks on ML models.
  • 2022
    Hardware Security Intern
    • Research on side-channel vulnerabilities on CUDA.
  • 2018-2019
    Part Time Security Engineer
    Network Security Team, Aselsan
    • Assisted on network security management, malware detection and identification using YARA rules in the Network Security Team of Aselsan (Military Electronic Industries) which is the top company in the defense industry in Turkey.
  • 2016-2018
    Student Computer Assistant
    Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, Ankara, Turkey
    • Operated local IT office in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences.
  • 1909 - 1911
    Research Intern
    University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
    • CNN, SVM, and Auto-Encoder model hyperparameter search for website fingerprinting attack.

Open Source Projects

  • 2020
    • An ML based "Spectre v1 Gadget" detection and generation tool.

Honors and Awards

  • 2022
    Best Poster Award
    • New England Hardware Security Day
  • 2019
    Microsoft Private AI Bootcamp
    • Microsoft Research, Privacy Preserving Machine Learning
  • 2019
    IoT Application Award
    • The Senior Engineering Design Course Committee, ODTU EE

Other Interests

  • Hobbies: Aikido, Ballroom Dance