Professor Mohammad Hammoudeh - PhD, MSc, PGCAP, BSc(Hons), DipCompSci, MCIIS, SMIEEE, FHEA, MBCS, CITP, CEH, CNDA, CCNA.
Mohammad received his BSc in Computer Communications in 2004 (Arts Sciences & Technology University, Lebanon), his MSc in Advanced Distributed Systems in 2006 (University of Leicester, UK), his Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in 2011 (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) and his PhD in Computer Science in 2008 (University of Wolverhampton, UK). He is a Professor (Chair) of Cyber Security in the Department of Computing and Mathematics at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Mohammad heads the CfACS Internet of Things Lab he founded in 2016 where he leads a multi-disciplinary group of research associates and PhD students. From this he established the Lab as a leading research hub with a broad portfolio of successful, industry-sponsored projects. Mohammad has been awarded above £1.5M in competitive research funding as Principal/Co-Investigator for 13 research projects. He has a global collaborative research network spanning the academic community, industry, policy makers and wider technology stakeholders in the field of cybersecurity, the Internet of Things and complex highly decentralised systems. He published over 75 refereed conference papers, over 55 peer reviewed journal articles, and is a successful editor of 3 books and many journal special issues. Mohammad supervised 7 PhD candidates to completion is currently co-supervising 6 PhD students. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK. In 2019, he was selected on the Good to Great Future RKE Leaders programme at MMU. He was awarded the Outstanding Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award in 2016.
Mohammad advised the UK’s Government on law reform related to national cybersecurity security through a number of committees and hearings. Most recently, he advised the Defence Committee in the Parliament in relation to the national security strategy inquiry on domestic threat of drones. He advised the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy in relation to its wide-ranging review of cybersecurity of critical national infrastructure. He also advised Parliament in relation to the present national security capability of the United Kingdom in responding to cybersecurity threats. He continues to be involved in legal reform relating to data privacy and best practices flowing from computer science academia into legislation.
Mohammad co-developed a state of the art unprivileged and trustless computing zero trust security theory. He currently investigates ways of improving industry practice to allow for guaranteed security and distributed computing applications which work effectively every time. This theory of zero trust is rooted in his research on smart cities and critical infrastructure such as smart grid and intelligent transport. Throughout his 15 years research career, Mohammad developed significant insight and expertise into a number of computer science disciplines (such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence) adjacent to his area of specialism (distributed systems). To this end, he continues to build his reputation internationally as a competent academic, demonstrated by more than 25 plenary talks and seminars in international conferences, events and other institutions. He is a full member of the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council College of Peer Reviewers and he is actively engaged with numerous national and international advisory and grant awarding bodies including the British Council Newton Fund, Science Foundation Ireland and Kazakhstan National Centre of Science and Technology Evaluation.
Mohammad is the founder of the International Conference on Future Networks and Distributed Systems. He chaired several international workshops and conferences. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Sensors and Actuators and an active member of the technical program committee on many international conferences and journals.
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