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Professor Mamoun Alazab

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Dr Mamoun Alazab

Professor Mamoun Alazab is a full Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology, and the Inaugural Director of the NT Academic Centre for Cyber Security and Innovation (ACCI) at Charles Darwin University, Australia. He is a cyber security researcher and practitioner with industry and academic experience. His research is multidisciplinary and focuses on cyber security, data analytics and digital forensics with a focus on cybercrime detection and prevention. He looks into the intersection use of AI as an essential tool for security and privacy, for example, authorship attribution, access control systems, detecting attacks, crime investigation, analyzing malicious code or uncovering vulnerabilities in software.  Over his academic career, he has been awarded ~A$16.7 million dollars in research. 

He published more than 300 research papers in many international journals and conferences >90% in the top 10% Journals, CORE2020 Rank: A & A*, more than 100 in IEEE/ACM Transactions, and 11 authored and edited books, as well as 3 patents. He is the Founding Chair of the IEEE Northern Territory (NT) Subsection. He received several awards including: the NT Young Tall Poppy of the year (2021) from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship (2015) through the Australian Academy of Science, IEEE Outstanding Leadership Award (2020) and (2021), the CDU College of Engineering, IT and Environment Exceptional Researcher Award in (2020) and (2021), and 4 Best Research Paper Awards.

He ranked in top 2% of world’s scientists in the subfield discipline of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Networking & Telecommunications, Stanford University World’s Top Scientists study for 3 years (2020) (2021) and (2022). He ranked in the top 5% of 30k cyber security authors of all time (for Oct 2018 - May 2022). He was named in the 2022 Clarivate Analytics Web of Science list of Highly Cited Researchers, which recognises him as one of the world’s most influential researchers of the past decade through the publication of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. 

He presented more than 130 invited and keynotes talks in an academic, industrial and government and convened and chaired more than 200 conferences and workshops, and  served in technical programme committees for more than 500 IEEE and ACM conferences/workshops.  He serves as the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM), ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice, Digital Investigation, Complex & Intelligent Systems.

Research interests:

  • Malware Authorship Attribution
  • Explaining AI for Malware Detection
  • Generating Adversarial Malware
  • Access Control and their applications in CPS, ITS, IoT, cloud computing, and Big Data
  • Cyber Physical Systems and IoT
  • Cyber Criminology
  • Privacy-preserving
  • Machine and Deep Learning applications for cyber security.
  • Digital Forensics
  • Organisational Security and cyber risk management

Prospective students with interests in those topics above are encouraged to contact Associate Prof Mamoun Alazab for further information.

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