Organizations are increasingly relying on networks for the seamless integration of distributed information systems. This has provided many advantages but it has also increased the capacity for the disruption of mission critical services. Some of these problems can be addressed by augmenting existing network management tools, but new approaches, ones that can be integrated with the existing infrastructure, must be developed in order to deal with novel threats. The Network Information Management and Security (NIMS) group proposes a holistic yet distributed approach to network information management and security. The NIMS group has a strong background in networking as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence. The group meets biweekly at the Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University.

Latest News

December 2016

ACM GECCO - SecDef Workshop!

ACM GECCO - SecDef: Workshop on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation in Defense, Security and Risk Management @ GECCO 2017.

June 2016

A big congratulations to Weikeng Chen and Haiping Wu!

Congratulations to Weikeng Chen and Haiping Wu, who received the Mitacs Gloablink Undergraduate Research Intern Awards!

May 2016

A big congratulations to Chengchao Yao!

Congratulations to Chengchao Yao, who received the Dalhousie FCS Undergraduate Summer Research Award!

April 2016

IEEE/IFIP - AnNet 2016 Workshop!

IEEE/IFIP - AnNet: IEEE/IFIP International Workshop on Analytics for Network and Service Management in Istanbul, Turkey @AnNet 2016.

October 2015

IEEE LCN - WNM 2015!

Dr. Zincir-Heywood was one of the keynote presenters at IEEE LCN - WNM 2015, check it out here.

April 2015

Hands-On Security competitions!

Hands-On Security competitions at the Cisco / JD Irving Hands on Security event!

April 2015

A big congratulations to Vahid Aghaei Foroushani!

Congratulations to Vahid Aghaei Foroushani who won the Gold Medal in the Offensive and silver Medal in the Defensive Security competitions at the Cisco / JD Irving Hands on Security event!

April 2015

A big congratulations to Aimee Burrows, Sara Khanchi and Simon Dugas!

Congratulations to Aimee Burrows, Sara Khanchi and Simon Dugas who won the Bronze Medal in the Offensive Security competition at the Cisco / JD Irving Hands on Security event!

March 2015

A big congratulations to Joe Nip!

Congratulations to Joe Nip who received the NSERC USRA award!

March 2015

A big congratulations to Tien Phan Duong!

Congratulations to Tien Phan Duong who received the Mitacs Globalink Undergraduate Intern award!

July 2014

A big congratulations to Robert and Dr. Malcolm!

Congratulations to Robert and Dr. Malcolm, their SBB-GP is ranked Number-1 in the Big Data Competition at the Evolutionary Computation for Big Data and Big Learning Workshop at ACM GECCO'2014!

May 2014

A big congratulation to Yasemin, Vahid and Dr. Nur!

A big congratulation to Yasemin Gokcen, Vahid Aghaei-Foroushani and Nur Zincir-Heywood who got the best paper award for the paper "Can we identify NAT behavior by analyzing Traffic Flows?" in the International Workshop on Cyber Crime (IWCC 2014).

Fall 2013

NIMS Lab is Covered in Computer Science Magazine!

May 30, 2013

A Big Congratulation to Adetokunbo Makanju!

A Big Congratulations to Adetokunbo Makanju, who won the IM 2013 PhD Dissertation Award (jointly with Mrs. Carol Fung)! IEEE IM'2013 follows the 25 years tradition of NOMS and IM as the primary IEEE Communications Society's forum for technical exchange on management of information and communication technologies. Congratulations Dr. Tokunbo for a well deserved award for your PhD :-)

February 15, 2013

Congratulation to Stephen Kelly!

Congratulation to Stephen Kelly who will dedicate today his technical system-based media artwork named patch in the atrium of the Mona Campel Building! »


NIMS Data Sets

NIMS Data Sets
NetMate is employed to generate flows and compute feature values on the above data sets. Data sets are available for »


SBB is a form of genetic programming based learning algorithm which is designed and developed to »


Tcpreplay is a suite of BSD GPLv3 licensed tools written by Aaron Turner for UNIX (and Win32 under Cygwin) operating »


We use NetMate at NIMS to convert capture files of network traffic into flow statistics. NetMate lets you generate a »


Tranalyzer2 is a lightweight flow generator and packet analyzer application designed for simplicity, performance and »


Softflowd is flow-based network traffic analyser capable of Cisco NetFlow data export. Softflowd semi-statefully tracks »


Circos is a software package for visualizing data and information. It visualizes data in a circular »


Weka is a collection of machine learning algorithms for data mining tasks. The algorithms can either be applied directly to a dataset »


MOA is an open source framework for data stream mining. It includes a collection of machine learning algorithms (classification, »

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