Muhammad Ajmal Azad

Dr., Senior Academic, Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, College of Computing

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I am a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Cyber Security in the Department of Computer Science and Digital Technologies at Birmingham City University. I was Senior Lecturer in Cybersecurity and Programme lead for B.Sc. Cybersecurity and B.Sc. Digital Forensics and Security at University of Derby. Before joining University of Derby, I was a Research Fellow (equivalent of Lecturer ) in the Department of Computer Science at University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom and a research associate in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University, United Kingdom, where I worked with Professor Feng Hao on privacy-preservation aggregation and analytics. I am also associated with Secure and Resilient group as a visiting researcher.

I received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal. My PhD. was funded by FCT (Portuguese Science Foundation) and the University of Porto (FEUP) fellowship. I was advised by Professor Ricardo Morla at the INESCTEC Porto laboratory. Before Ph.D. I also worked in a leading VoIP telecommunication company in Pakistan for four years, and the FCT project "Next-generation network management" (FEUP and CMU collaboration).

My research interests broadly cover the areas of network security and privacy. In the past few years, I designed systems and methods for securing the telecommunication users from the telemarketers, robo-callers, scammers, and spammers using behavioral modeling and social network analysis. I have also explored ways for protecting the privacy of telephone users when call records are outsourced to the third party. Currently, I am researching on topics related to privacy-aware collaboration among service providers, secure reputation systems, collaborative security, Telephone and Next-generation Network security and spam detection.

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, PGCHE

Award Date: 30 Jun 2022

Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD, Towards Mitigating Unwanted Calls in VoIP, University of Porto

Award Date: 22 Jun 2016

MS Electronic Engineering, MS, International Islamic University Islamabad

Award Date: 28 Mar 2006

Computer Science, Bsc, International Islamic University Islamabad

Award Date: 1 Oct 2004


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