Team

Dr Evtim Peytchev (research group leader)

Reader staff profile 

Areas of research interest include the traffic simulation and modelling; mobile ad-hoc networks; ad-hoc network architecture; and mobile networking.

Traffic simulation and modelling: The application of mathematical models for traffic simulation and modelling. Uncertainties for producing accurate real-time predictions of the traffic flow. Mobile ad-hoc networks: MANET mobile ad-hoc networks applied to the urban and motorway traffic. Design and implantation of urban traffic information systems based on ad-hoc wireless networking.

Ad-hoc network architecture: Introducing new ad-hoc network architectures for intelligent mobile nodes and investigating their characteristics. Identifying the range of traffic information that can be collaboratively extracted and generated by the pier-to-pier communication.

Mobile networking: Assessing the feasibility of using new Mobile TCP / IP (MTCP / IP) stack for delivering web-services in mobile ad-hoc network based environment. Designing new feature based location dependent services on the move.

Dr Bev Cook

Senior Lecturer staff profile

My research interests lie in the effective use of smart devices, including smartphones, wearables and other connected devices, in a variety of situations, such as education and healthcare. I am particularly interested in the use of context- and location- awareness within intelligent systems. I am currently involved in the REMOURBAN project, working on the energy map and looking at intelligence in Building Energy Management Systems. I also have an interest in Serious Games, particularly relating to mobile games. Currently, I am involved in a project which is looking to improve communication for those with Autism using a game on a tablet, in collaboration with colleagues in the Psychology Division of the School of Social Sciences.

Dr John Haggerty

Senior Lecturer staff profile

Building on my background in network security, my current research in computer security and digital forensics is twofold: the development of methodologies and resulting software for digital investigations and security; and a new project focusing on 'extrusion detection', particularly for complex environments. Methodologies and resulting software I have developed focus on large-scale data mining within tight temporal constraints, such as searches of hard drives or Web data repositories for relevant evidence during digital investigations. Results in conjunction with a Police High-Tech Crime Unit demonstrated that the approach was ten-times faster than traditional methods used by the police. This software resulted in two patents and received significant funding for commercialisation through a university spin-out company. Other work has focused on developing investigation approaches and tools for evidence triage, primarily through visual analytics of data sets. In this way, security and forensics professionals can make sense of large-scale, complex patterns within their data and improve the ability of the analyst to make sense of information.

The focus of my current research is 'extrusion detection'; developing new approaches and software for the detection of, and response to, sensitive data leakage and attacks in networked environments. This aspect of security is particularly problematic in current and future network environments, such as MANETs used in the Internet of Things and the cloud. I am currently working on various aspects of this project, such as the identification of issues surrounding security in mobile devices which typically use poorly-designed access control countermeasures to safeguard user privacy. I am also investigating new methodologies for the identification of data being maliciously uploaded or downloaded from cloud platforms, which can be used with other security countermeasures for the provision of a secure data storage environment.

Dr Eiman Kanjo

Senior Lecturer staff profile

I am a Senior Lecturer at Computing and Technology at NTU. I have written some of the earliest papers in the research area of mobile sensing and am currently carrying out work in the area of emotion mapping, mental health and wellbeing monitoring. I also developed the first noise monitoring system using the phone's microphone. Previously, I worked as an RA at the University of Cambridge where I coordinated the development of a mobile sensing box in collaboration with IBM, Telefonica, Nokia, Imperial College, Newcastle and Leeds Universities. I have also worked at the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, which is a leading lab in HCI. Whilst there, I was involved in the 'Participate' project, which was supported by EPSRC along with many industry partners including BT, BBC, Microsoft Cambridge and University of Bath. In addition, I have also worked as a researcher at the International Centre for Computer Games and Virtual Entertainment, where my work was sponsored by the Scottish Enterprise. I hold the patent (WO/2006/027627) titled, OBJECT TRACKING SYSTEM. Recently, I chaired the International Sensor and Software and Conference (S-Cube), Coventry, UK, and initiated and founded two SIG at the Cambridge Wireless Networking organisation: Academic and Industry SIG, Wireless Sensing SIG. I am also a member of the EPSRC College Review.

Dr Kevin Lee

Senior Lecturer staff profile

I completed a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science in 2001, an MSc in Distributed Interactive Systems in 2002 and a PhD in Computer Science in 2006 at Lancaster University in the UK. From 2006 to 2009, I was a Research Associate at the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester in the UK. From 2009-2010 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Mannheim in Germany. From 2010-2015 I was employed a Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University in Australia. I am currently a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.

I have over 60 publications in high quality journals and conferences, with a H-Index of 11 and over 700 citations. My research is in the areas of Adaptive Distributed Systems and Cloud Computing, within the general area of Computer Science. My particular approach to this is to use 'Adaptive' or 'Autonomic' techniques for supporting innovative Distributed Systems. I use approaches from both the Autonomic and Artificial Intelligence community such as heuristics, mesh-adaptive search, combinatorial exchange and marketplaces, combined with the technologies of lightweight middleware, distributed systems, wireless sensor networks and Cloud Computing.

Dr Xiaoqi Ma

Senior Lecturer staff profile

My areas of research include network and database securities, especially on protecting networks and network-accessible resources from unauthorised access, consistent and continuous monitoring and measurement of their effectiveness, and detecting and fixing inherent flaws of existing security protocols; database security, especially deductive access control; and security issues in cloud computing.

Dr Taha Osman

Principal Lecturer staff profile

My research interests include: semantic web; open linked data; knowledge engineering; intelligent information retrieval and multi-agent systems.

Building on a strong research track record in intelligent multi-agent systems, I started exploring the utilisation of the semantic web technology in the intelligent composition of Web services. The application of semantic technologies in my research further expanded to intelligent information retrieval and knowledge management, which culminated in the collaboration with the Press Association – the UK's primer multimedia content and news provider, where my research team helped the company to develop a semantic-based image indexing and retrieval system that improves the accuracy and recall of PA Photos images search engine.

Dr Jon Robinson (deputy research group leader)

Senior Lecturer staff profile

My research interests are in self organising pervasive computing systems, middlewares and sensors; trust-provenance systems; and domain specific programming languages. He is primarily interested in large scale distributed systems and how these can identify, coordinate and reconfigure themselves for making best use of computing needs within large pervasive networks. He introduced the notion of service compositional middleware systems for governing pervasive networks as well as new middleware technologies and domain specific programming languages for developing services running on a network. More recently, he has been investigating trust-based infrastructures and agent-based trust-provenance systems as an enabler for facilitating trusted-communication as well informing how these can impact on decision-making within healthcare. Concurrently, he has been investigate new ecosystems and low-energy aware programming language design for writing energy-aware software agents for controlling power consumption within smart homes using Internet of Things technology.

Dr Tom Hughes-Roberts

Senior Lecturer staff profile

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Dr Tawfik Al-Hadhrami

Senior Lecturer staff profile

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Friends / external collaborators

Dr Kofi Appiah (Sheffield-Hallam University)

My research interests are in the applications of field-programmable technology to biomedical and scientific computation accelerators, real-time image processing systems, rapid prototyping, hardware emulation, digital signal processing applications and platforms that exploit heterogeneous computing resources like Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). I am also interested in the development and parallelisation of biologically inspired neural network systems specifically for assistive care and complex computer vison problems.

Dr Amjad Fayoumi

I am researching in the information systems area focusing on enterprise modelling and simulation. Prior to joining NTU, I worked as a researcher for the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University and also taught at the Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) at both foundation and diploma levels.

My research topics and interests are in but not limited to:

enterprise modelling and enterprise architecture

socio-technical complex systems analysis and design

design and architecture patterns (process and applications)

knowledge engineering, particularly methods of transformation knowledge from informal to formal specifications

model-based engineering (conceptual modelling, meta-modelling, logic formulation and simulation)

design science and design thinking approaches

Research Students

Abdulrahman Salih

PhD Candidate,   "An Adaptive Approach to Detecting Behavioural Covert Channels in IPv6"

One of the most important techniques in data hiding is covert channel, which recently has shown potential impacts on network and data security. Covert Channels are used to leak information across the network and to ex/infiltrate classified information from legitimate targets. This research presents a novel Hybrid Heuristic Intelligent Algorithm coupled with enhanced Polynomial Naive Bayes machine Learning algorithm. The framework is implemented in a supervised learning model to detect and classify covert channels in IPv6. The proposed multi-threaded framework acts as an active security warden processing intelligent information gain and uses the optimised decision tree technique to improve the security vulnerabilities in IPv6.

Amani Al-Jaafreh

PhD Candidate,   "An Empirical Examination of the relationship among knowledge Management enablers, Knowledge creation process and firm`s Innovation in Jordanian Telecommunication Sector"

Innovation is considered one of the main pillars of the company’s competitive advantages. It has been argued that the knowledge acquired by firm has a great influence on innovation direction and successfulness. There is a trend toward analysing big data on social networks to bring new insights that companies can use to foster their innovation capabilities and enhance its activities. This study focuses on the relation between knowledge acquiring/management and innovation in telecom companies in Jordan. The study expected to answer how big telecom firms are currently using knowledge to support their innovation, at the same time it will suggest methods to enhance their innovation capability.

Zaed Alshalan

PhD Candidate,   "Enhancing information systems development using design thinking and design science approach"

The technology, particularly information systems have changed dramatically in the last few years. mobile, smart distributed and autonomous technology are everywhere. Everything around us will be connected through a universal network. In this project, the focus is on understanding the underlying principles of how artefacts evolved, what drives the need of such as evolution and then try to reflect on how we could better design ubiquitous technology for our current and future requirements. This project aiming at using design theory and design thinking to explore new ways of designing ubiquitous technology.

Faiza Guerrache

PhD Candidate,   "Spatial and temporal modeling and visualization of the impact of environment on health and wellbeing."

Alanoud Alharbi

PhD Candidate,   "Building a predictive model of behavior based on Mobile Usage and Notification Interaction."

Albandari Alsumayt

PhD Candidate,   "Detection and Mitigation of DoS Attacks in MANETs."

Due to the nature of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs) with dynamic topologies and no administrative point, security issues occur, such as eavesdropping, fabrication and Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. The focus of this study is detecting and mitigating DoS attacks that prohibit legitimate users from using or accessing their authorised services within MANETs.

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Past Research Students

Dania Aljeaid (2016), "Novel Authentication Protocol Based on Biometric and Identity-Based Cryptography"

Abdullah Alabdulatif (2014), "A Framework Using Linear Temporal Logic to Verify Cryptographic Protocols"

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