Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    email: usmanm@edgehill.ac.uk

    Projects available for both MRes/PhD: (eligible UK resident EHU graduates from this and last year may be eligible for up to 50% fee discount)

    Artificial Intelligence-Driven Systems: Smart Systems, Digital Twins, Consumer Electronics, Cognitive Systems, Human-Centred Systems, Socially Aware Data Driven Interdisciplinary Systems, Learning and Teaching Systems, Smart Grids, Intelligent Transports

    Agritech: ClimateTech, Digital Utilities, Ecosystem Accelerator, Personalised and community farming, B2M Farm Analytics, Drones-based solutions, Community-based Agri-Fintech, food supply chain

    Healthtech: Digital Health Solutions, Community-focused Healthcare Solutions, Personalised and Privacy Preserving Healthcare Frameworks, Access Control Methods in IOMT, Secure by Design Ranking of IOMT Services

    Digital Forensics: Drones Forensics, Autonomous Vehicle Forensics, Smart and Complex Systems Forensics, eDiscovery, Cognitive Forensics

    Cyber Security, Trust and Privacy: Blockchain-based solutions, Formal Modelling and Analysis, Protocol Design and Analysis, Secure by Design Solutions, Trust and Privacy issues in complex and interlinked systems


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    Personal profile


    Dr. Muhammad Usman received the M.S. degree, with first class. He completed the Ph.D. degree with specialisation in Cyber Security from the School of ICT, 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 advisory and consultancy in multiple areas such as higher education; curriculum design & development; cyber security, digital forensics; risk assessment and management; security management; research and development; and career professional development trainings. He has a proven track record of providing leadership to IT staff and teaching teams. His current research interests include interdisciplinary areas around AI-driven complex systems; human-centred systems; digital twins; Agritech; Healthtech; community tech; consumer electronics; drones, electrical and autonomous vehicles; cognitive computing; digital forensics; cyber security, trust & privacy; and formal and statistical modelling. He has more than 45 research publications in international journals and conferences, including prestigious journals, such as several IEEE Transactions, 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 has been a member of COVID 19 Outbreak Expert Database of UK Parliament. He has been providing advisory services to Govt. of Pakistan. 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

    Research Centres

    • Centre for Intelligent Visual Computing Research


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