Ameer Al-Nemrat

Ameer Al-Nemrat

University of East London

Identity Theft on e-Government/e-Governance & Digital Forensics

Abstract : In the context of the rapid technological progress, the cyber-threats become a serious challenge that requires immediate and continuous action. As cybercrime poses a permanent and increasing threat, governments, corporate and individual users of the cyber-space are constantly struggling to ensure an acceptable level of security over their assets. Maliciousness on the cyber–space spans identity theft, fraud, and system intrusions. This is due to the benefits of cyberspace-low entry barriers, user anonymity, and spatial and temporal separation between users, make it a fertile field for deception and fraud. Numerous, supervised and unsupervised, techniques have been proposed and used to identify fraudulent transactions and activities that deviate from regular patterns of behaviour. For instance, neural networks and genetic algorithms were used to detect credit card fraud in a dataset covering 13 months and 50 million credit card transactions. Unsupervised methods, such as clustering analysis, have been used to identify financial fraud or to filter fake online product reviews and ratings on e-commerce websites. Blockchain technology has demonstrated its feasibility and relevance in e-commerce. Its use is now being extended to new areas, related to electronic government. The technology appears to be the most appropriate in areas that require storage and processing of large amounts of protected data. The question is what can blockchain technology do and not do to fight malicious online activity?


Short Biography:


Dr Al-Nemrat is a senior lecturer at the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London (UEL). He is leading the Professional Doctorate in Information Security & the MSc Information Security and Digital Forensics programmes. In addition, Ameer is the founder and the director of the Electronic Evidence Laboratory, UEL, where he and his team closely working with Law Enforcements agencies on cybercrime research projects. Ameer is a research active in the area of cybercrime and digital forensics where he has been publishing research papers in peer-reviewed conferences and internationally reputed journals. He is a co-editor of the book “Issues in Cybercrime, Security, and Digital Forensics” and a guest editor for special issues of many journals.





Al-Sakib Khan Pathan

Southeast University, Bangladesh


Defending Against Common Cyber Attacks: Phishing and Cross-Site Scripting

Abstract: Social engineering is a very common method of deceiving people in the Cyberspace. Phishing is one of the most common attacks that the social engineers use to trick the users to reveal their confidential information. While various types of security schemes and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSs) may be employed to mitigate other types of cyber-attacks, phishing cannot be thwarted only by using those, even if the techniques are sophisticated. This is because, often the human mistakes are involved in the process of leakage of confidential data and information. Hence, awareness of the issue and controlled cyber behavior would be key to defending against phishing type attack. Another cyber-attack, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) could also be tackled efficiently by using some Content Security Policy (CSP) which would work alongside the traditionally used security and defense mechanisms. The purpose of this talk is to share some research findings in these and relevant areas. Also, some information would be shared for the general readers of the topic. We would like to explore how the major portion of these types of attacks could be thwarted or mitigated just by observing some precautions while interacting in the Cyberspace.


Short Biography:

Al-Sakib Khan Pathan received PhD in Computer Engineering in 2009 from Kyung Hee University, South Korea and B.Sc. in Computer Science and Information Technology from Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Bangladesh in 2003. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Computer Science and Engineering department, Southeast University (SEU), Bangladesh. He is also holding the position of Additional Director of the Institutional Quality Assurance Cell, SEU. Previously, he was with the Computer Science department at IIUM, Malaysia during 2010-2015. He has served as a General Chair, Organizing Committee Member, and Technical Program Committee (TPC) member in numerous international conferences/workshops like INFOCOM, GLOBECOM, ICC, LCN, AINA, VTC, HPCC, SGIoT, etc. He was awarded the IEEE Outstanding Leadership Award for his role in IEEE GreenCom’13 conference. Among various editorial roles, he is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Computers and Applications, Taylor & Francis, Associate Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, Editor of Ad Hoc and Sensor Wireless Networks, Old City Publishing, International Journal of Sensor Networks, Inderscience Publishers, and The International Arab Journal of Information Technology, Guest Editor of many special issues of top-ranked journals, and Editor/Author of 15 published books. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.





Prof. Tarik Taleb

School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland

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Towards Customizable Networks

Abstract: The telecom industry keeps reinventing itself. Soon, the world will be experiencing the 5th generation mobile networks (5G). These 5G mobile systems are expected to meet different strict requirements beyond the traditional operator use cases. Major obstacles to overcome in 5G systems are principally the highly-centralized architecture of mobile networks along with the static provisioning and configuration of network nodes built on dedicated hardware components. This has resulted in lack of elasticity and flexibility in deployment of mobile networks; rendering their run-time management costly, cumbersome and time-consuming.

On the other hand, mobile networks are nowadays architected to serve all mobile users; ensuring some degree of service-level differentiation, by making decisions on different user profiles, but with no specific tailoring of the functioning to the specific user needs. However, statistics demonstrate that users do not behave all in the same way. Furthermore, a single mobile network usually ensures the communication for all service types, regardless of the suitability of its available functionality to deliver these services with acceptable Quality of Experience and network efficiency. It becomes then apparent that having the same mobile network architecture serving all mobile users, let alone all mobile applications, despite the diversity they exhibit in their attitudinal response to mobile services, have to be rethought.

5G systems need to accommodate elasticity, flexibility, dynamicity, scalability, manageability, agility and customization along with different levels of service delivery parameters according with the service requirements. For this purpose, different requirements have to be met and numerous associated challenges have to be subsequently tackled. This keynote will touch upon the recent trends the mobile telecommunications market is experiencing and discuss the challenges these trends are representing to mobile network operators. To cope with these trends, the keynote will then showcase the feasibility of on-demand creation of cloud-based elastic mobile networks, along with their lifecycle management. The keynote will introduce a set of technologies and key architectural elements to realize such vision, turning end-to-end mobile networking into software engineering. The keynote will particularly showcase the need for the deep customization of mobile networks at different granularity levels: per network, per application, per group of users, per individual users and even per data of users. The keynote will also assess the potential of Network Function Virtualization, Software Defined Networking and Network Slicing to provide the appropriate customization and highlights the technology challenges. The keynote will also elaborate on a high level architectural solution addressing a massive multi-slice environment.


Short Biography:

Prof. Tarik Taleb is currently Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland. He is the founder and director of the MOSA!C Lab ( Prior to his current academic position, he was working as Senior Researcher and 3GPP Standards Expert at NEC Europe Ltd, Heidelberg, Germany. He was then leading the NEC Europe Labs Team working on R&D projects on carrier cloud platforms, an important vision of 5G systems. Before joining NEC and till Mar. 2009, he worked as assistant professor at the Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan, in a lab fully funded by KDDI. From Oct. 2005 till Mar. 2006, he worked as research fellow at the Intelligent Cosmos Research Institute, Sendai, Japan. He received his B. E degree in Information Engineering with distinction, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Information Sciences from Tohoku Univ., in 2001, 2003, and 2005, respectively.

Prof. Taleb’s research interests lie in the field of architectural enhancements to mobile core networks (particularly 3GPP’s), network softwarization & slicing, mobile cloud networking, network function virtualization, software defined networking, mobile multimedia streaming, inter-vehicular communications, and social media networking. Prof. Taleb has been also directly engaged in the development and standardization of the Evolved Packet System as a member of 3GPP’s System Architecture working group. Prof. Taleb is a member of the IEEE Communications Society Standardization Program Development Board. As an attempt to bridge the gap between academia and industry, Prof. Taleb founded the “IEEE Workshop on Telecommunications Standards: from Research to Standards”, a successful event that got awarded “best workshop award” by IEEE Communication Society (ComSoC). Based on the success of this workshop, Prof. Taleb has also founded and has been the steering committee chair of the IEEE Conf. on Standards for Communications and Networking.

Prof. Taleb is the general chair of the 2019 edition of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC’19) to be held in Marrakech, Morocco. He is the guest editor in chief of the IEEE JSAC Series on Network Softwarization & Enablers. He is/was on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Journal on Internet of Things, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, and a number of Wiley journals. Till Dec. 2016, he served as chair of the Wireless Communications Technical Committee, the largest in IEEE ComSoC. He also served as Vice Chair of the Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee of IEEE ComSoc (2006 - 2010). He has been on the technical program committee of different IEEE conferences, including Globecom, ICC, and WCNC, and chaired some of their symposia.

Prof. Taleb is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE ComSoc Communications Software Technical Achievement Award (Dec. 2017) for his outstanding contributions to network softwarization. He is also the (co-) recipient of the 2017 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize (May 2017), the 2009 IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Best Young Researcher award (Jun. 2009), the 2008 TELECOM System Technology Award from the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation (Mar. 2008), the 2007 Funai Foundation Science Promotion Award (Apr. 2007), the 2006 IEEE Computer Society Japan Chapter Young Author Award (Dec. 2006), the Niwa Yasujirou Memorial Award (Feb. 2005), and the Young Researcher's Encouragement Award from the Japan chapter of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) (Oct. 2003). Some of Prof. Taleb’s research work have been also awarded best paper awards at prestigious IEEE-flagged conferences.





Prof. Athman Bouguettaya

School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney, Australia

From IoT Data to Services

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) is fast becoming a reality with a range of everyday “things” becoming sensor-equipped and internet connected. Ultimately, everything that we see and don’t see will be connected to the Internet. These Web-enabled “things” will be continuously streaming data whose size and volume will dwarf anything we have witnessed so far. This is called Big data. It is here to stay and in a big way. It is coming from all sorts of sensors, including instruments conducting deep space exploration from earth or satellites, highly sensorized high-energy physics, social media, smartphones, genomics machines, etc. The cloud has been instrumental in supporting the storage and processing of the ever increasing amount of data. “Domesticating” IoT data, i.e., making it useful, however, has been a major challenge. Service computing is the next major evolution of computing that aims at transforming massive data into artefacts that are acted upon and made “useful”, i.e., turned into services. In this talk, I will first overview the big data trend produced by human and physical sensors. I will then motivate the need for a uniform service management to service IoT data. I will then describe our latest research that focuses on servicing IoT-based sensor clouds.


Short Biography:

Athman Bouguettaya is Professor and Head of School of Information Technologies, at the University of Sydney, Australia. He was previously Professor and Head of School of Computer Science and IT at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA) in 1992. He was previously Science Leader in Service Computing at the CSIRO ICT Centre (now DATA61), Canberra. Australia. Before that, he was a tenured faculty member and Program director in the Computer Science department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (commonly known as Virginia Tech) (USA). He is a founding member and past President of the Service Science Society, a non-profit organization that aims at forming a community of service scientists for the advancement of service science. He is or has been on the editorial boards of several journals including, the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, the International Journal on Next Generation Computing, VLDB Journal, Distributed and Parallel Databases Journal, and the International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer-Verlag book series on Services Science. He served as a guest editor of a number of special issues including the special issue of the ACM Transactions on Internet Technology on Semantic Web services, a special issue the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing on Service Query Models, and a special issue of IEEE Internet Computing on Database Technology on the Web. He served as a Program Chair of the 2017 WISE Conference, the 2012 International Conference on Web and Information System Engineering, the 2009 and 2010 Australasian Database Conference, 2008 International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC) and the IEEE RIDE Workshop on Web Services for E-Commerce and E-Government (RIDE-WS-ECEG'04). He also served on the IEEE Fellow Nomination Committee. He has published more than 220 books, book chapters, and articles in journals and conferences in the area of databases and service computing (e.g., the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, the ACM Transactions on the Web, WWW Journal, VLDB Journal, SIGMOD, ICDE, VLDB, and EDBT). He was the recipient of several federally competitive grants in Australia (e.g., ARC), the US (e.g., NSF, NIH), Qatar (NPRP). EU (FP7), and China (NSFC). He also won major industry grants from companies like HP and Sun Microsystems (now Oracle). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM.





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