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Professor Rupak Kharel

Professor of Cyber Security
School of Psychology and Computer Science

Rupak is a Professor of Cyber Security within the school and has over 17+ years of experience in the academia where he lectures on various modules on cyber security, digital forensics and emerging digital technologies. He is avid advocate of secure digital transformation for SMEs and have worked on multiple externally funded projects. His research focusses on cyber physical systems and challenges including cyber security amongst other areas and have published abundantly in journals/conferences.

Rupak is currently leading and conducting research in the area of cybersecurity and related areas. He is also providing leadership contribution to enhance the research capacity, capability, education, knowledge transfer and scholarly activity within the School, especially in the cyber focussed area.
Rupak's research currently focuses on various use cases and verticals of cyber physical systems and IoT, looking at challenges such as relationship between cyber security and energy efficiency, futuristic and emerging application areas such as connected vehicles or Internet of Vehicles, V2V or in general V2X. Some of the work relates to virtual vehicle hijacking and physical layer security for beyond 5G technologies. In this context, Rupak and his team investigate the smart spectrum management for ultra-dense network and physical layer security implications.
In recent years, Rupak become more interested on applied research, for example application of various digital technologies within the context of industrial problems. He investigates on the left shifting approach of development, or Digital Security by Design. He has published recent papers on secure software development framework, and this is the work that has originated from the Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry Project.

Rupak is Professor of Cyber Security at the School of Psychology and Computer Science, University of Central Lancashire, UK. Prior to this, he was a Reader in Cyber Security at the Department of Computing and Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University between April 2019 - Oct 2021, and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering between July 2011. - April 2019. He has over 17+ years of experience in the field of academics, R&D, software engineering and application development. He received his PhD in Secure Communication Systems and MSc from Northumbria University, UK in 2011 and 2007 respectively. Before this, he completed his Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Institute of Engineering (IoE), Pulchowk Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2004.
He has secured several research grants as principal investigator from government bodies and industries, including £6million ERDF funded Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry and multiple Innovate UK/GCRF funding, worth circa £1.5million, in collaboration with Industries for applied research and development.
He has co-authored 100+ research articles and have organized multiple international conferences and academic events. He has served as a Guest Editor for Special Issue on Emerging Trends and Approaches to Cyber Security of MDPI Electronics and Special Issue on Connected Vehicles in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) of MDPI Sensors. He is also associate editor for IEEE Access.