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    Security, privacy and trust issues in smart, cyber-physical, distributed and ad-hoc systems. Theoretical, statistical and formal modelling of systems by considering factors such as human-in-the-loop. Performance and optimisation issues in smart and distributed systems. Application areas include but not limited to smart homes, smart city, smart grids, Internet-of-Things-driven applications, vehicular networks, learning management systems, blockchain-driven solutions and systems of systems.


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    Dr. Muhammad Usman received the M.S. degree in Computer Science from PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, with first class, and the Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Technology with specialisation in Cyber Security from the School of Information and Communication Technology, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He was a Research Fellow (Postdoctoral) in cyber security and machine learning with the University of Surrey, Guildford, U.K.


    He possesses nearly two decades of experience during which he has held several academic and industrial positions in different parts of the globe, including Australia, Asia, and Europe. He provides consultancy in multiple areas such as higher education, cyber security, risk assessment and management; security management; research and development; curriculum development; and career professional development training. He has a proven track record of providing leadership to IT staff and teaching teams. His current research interests include design and analysis of security, privacy and trust techniques for complex, smart and cross-discipleship systems; formal and statistical modelling; and applied machine learning and data analytics in several domains. He has more than 45 research publications in international journals and conferences, including prestigious journals, such as the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS; the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS; the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON RELIABILITY and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON EMERGING TOPICS IN COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, and a book focused on mobile agent-based anomaly detection and verification system for smart home sensor networks. He has successfully supervised over 65 postgraduate research and undergraduate project students and supervising Ph.D. students.


    He has been actively collaborating with several academics across the globe. He is a regular invited speaker. Dr. Usman has been a recipient of several research and travel grants. He has led and acted as a Guest Editor for special issues in several IEEE transactions and other journals. He has served in different leading capacities, such as a focal person, publication Chair, organizing committee member and/or TPC member of several IEEE conferences. He had been a member of COVID 19 Outbreak Expert Database of UK Parliament. He is also a member of Computer Science Teachers Association, endorsed by Association for Computing Machinery, USA. He is a Juniper certified networking and security specialist. His research paper has received the Best Paper Award in IEEE ComTech 2017.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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