Gokila Dorai

Assistant Professor

Gokila Dorai

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Department of Computer & Cyber Sciences

School of Computer and Cyber Sciences
Department of Computer & Cyber Sciences

The Graduate School


Assistant Professor in the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Augusta University. Dr. Dorai received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Florida State University. Her research topics are digital forensics for mobile and IoT devices using targeted data extraction, machine learning techniques and AI.


  • Ph.D., Computer Science Florida State University, 2019

  • MS, Computer Science Florida State University, 2016

  • BE, Computer Science. Anna University, 2007

Awards & Honors

  • AURI Emerging Scientist Award for the year 2022 Augusta University, 2022

  • Golden Pen Award 2021 Augusta University, 2021

  • Recognized by the Center for Advancement of Teaching Florida State University, 2019

  • Recognized for Leadership and Excellence Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, 2019

  • Golden Key Research Grant Award Golden Key International Honor Society, 2018

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • CYBR 4400

    Digital Forensics
  • CSCI 8940

    Dissertation Research
  • CSCI 8720

    Problems in Computer & Cyber
  • CSCI 4540

    Digital Forensics and ML
  • CSCI 6540

    Digital Forensics and ML
  • CSCI 8510

    Independent Study: NLP Research Digital Forensics
  • AIST 4950

    Info Technology Special Topics


Selected Recent Publications

  • Privacy-Preserving Framework to Facilitate Shared Data Access for Wearable Devices, 2022
    Conference Proceeding
  • Forensic Analysis of the Snapchat iOS App with Spectacles-Synced Artifacts, 2022
    Book, Scholarly-New
  • Grey Areas of Digital Forensic Tools and a Framework to Solve the IoT Data Forensic Analysis Problems, 2022
  • Preliminary Analysis of Privacy Implications Observed in Social-Media (Influencer) Posts Across Multiple Shopping Platforms, 2022
    Conference Proceeding
  • DECADE - Deep Learning Based Content-hiding Application Detection System for Android, 2021
    Conference Proceeding

Research Interests

Dr. Dorai’s areas of research are digital/mobile/IoT forensics. She has been working on developing a targeted data extraction model aimed at faster and efficient evidence retrieval using machine learning and computer vision. She is also interested in developing software prototypes to aid criminal investigations in support of law enforcement and other practitioners.

Research Awards and Grants:
1. Received the NSA’s Cybersecurity Research Innovation Grant for the project titled "Cyber Attack Detection Using Metadata Analysis and Edge-Based Real-Time Machine Learning on Sensor Data".
Additional details: Dr. Gokila Dorai is the PI and Dr. Gagan Agrawal is the Co-PI on the $494,999.51 award from the National Security Agency. The award is made within the NSA’s Cybersecurity Research Innovation program for institutions that are designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence (NCAE).

2. Received the NSF's Research Grant Award for the project titled "A Socio-Technical Framework for Handling Digital Evidence with Security and Privacy Assurance".
Additional details: Dr. Gokila Dorai is the PI and Drs. Hoda Maleki and Gagan Agrawal are Co-PIs on the new $569,500.00 award. The award is made possible through the National Science Foundation’s Designing Accountable Software Systems (DASS) program. The project includes a social sciences component on which the PIs are collaborating with Dr. Thomas Kadri, the University of Georgia School of Law faculty. Dr. Kadri will be funded $180,000.00 award by NSF separately.

Department Service

  • Scholarship for Service (SFS) scholar faculty advisor 2021 - Present

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • Distinguished Speaker Series Host 2021 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Lightning Talk Series Organizing Committee member 2021 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • CSRankings.org Augusta University (AU) faculty listing 2021 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon AU Chapter Co-advisor at Dept. of Computer & Cyber Sciences 2021 - Present

    Role: Faculty Mentor

University Service

  • CERTS 2022 - Student Poster Presentations 2022 - Present

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • CURS Annual Student Research - Poster Presentation 2021 - Present

    Role: Faculty Mentor
  • Phi Kappa Phi Conference - Judging 2021 - Present

    Role: Conference-Related

Professional Service

  • ADFSL Conference on Digital Forensics, Security and Law 2022 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Microservices 2022 Conference, Paris 2022 - Present

    Role: Task Force Chair
  • Forensic Science International: Digital Investigations 2021 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article