Max teaches across a range of subjects in computing for our undergraduate and postgraduate students. His research is centred on the increasingly challenging theme of cyber security and data privacy in emerging technologies and cyber-physical systems such as Internet of Things and Smart Cities. Max is particularly motivated by research that responds to real world research questions and aims to develop practical solutions to these questions.
Throughout his academic career, Max has published many high impact outputs in international peer-reviewed journals such as IEEE Transactions and conferences in cyber security and privacy. Given the challenging and multidisciplinary nature of cyber security research, Max favours interdisciplinary approaches to answer security, privacy and trust questions and have incorporated socio-technical aspects of cyber security in his research.
His main interests are:
- Cyber security and data privacy in ad hoc networks under smart city, Internet of Things and vehicular communications paradigms.
- Human interactions, privacy and trust in emerging technologies and future pervasive environments.
- Exploring the application of new technologies such as Blockchain to improve the security and foster the resilience of distributed systems.
He was invited as a keynote speaker to IEEE Cyber Science conference in London and joined the editorial board of the International Journal on Cyber Situational Awareness (IJCSA) after that. He also became a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Vehicle Information and Communication Systems (IJVICS) in 2018. He is the Lead editor of Book “Towards Sustainable and Economic Smart Mobility: Shaping the Future of Smart Cities”, published by World Scientific Publishing Europe Ltd. Max supervises a wide range of undergraduate, MSc and PhD projects in the areas of cyber security, digital forensics, privacy and risk assessment.
Max received his PhD in Electronics and Computer Engineering in Brunel University London in 2015. His PhD research was to investigate how optimisation techniques can be utilised to improve the quality of service (QoS) routing as well as avoiding security threats/attacks in Vehicular Ad hoc Networks (VANETs). Later that year, he joined as a research assistant in cyber security the Research Centre for Critical Infrastructure, Computer Technology and Protection (PROTECT) lab at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), UK. His role was mainly focused on developing novel schemes to address the challenges of cyber security and data privacy in cyber-physical systems and critical infrastructure such as Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Grids and Smart Cities. He contributed to developing and writing three EU Horizon 2020 proposals targeting cyber security education, smart grids security and resilience, and Big Data privacy. Since Max joined our university in 2016, he attracted many PhD applicants and successfully recruited few self-funding PhD students which he supervises. He also developed a new Computer Systems & Security module inline with professional body accreditation requirements and later on, he worked closely with his colleagues to develop a new BSc Cyber Security course at UCLan in alignment with the Cyber Security Technical Professional Integrated Degree Apprenticeship. Max's research in cyber security and data privacy have attracted the attention of many media outlets including TV, Radio and Papers. He was invited to many panel discussions on Inside Story programme on Aljazeera English, and to comment on recent data breaches and cyber security news on BBC news, RT, DW TV, TRT World, BBC Radio Lancashire, Forbes and Metro.
- PhD, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London, 2015
- MSc Data Communications Systems (Distinction), Brunel University London, 2010
- BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Operating Systems, Damascus University Syria, 2007
- Cyber Security
- Data Privacy
- Cyber-Physical Systems
- Internet of Things
- Smart City
- Fellow of Higher Education Academy
- Member of the British Computer Society
- External Examiner for BSc (Hons) Cyber Security at Hong Bang University in Vietnam, a franchised provision from the University of Bedfordshire, UK