People

Key Staff

Meet the staff of The Cyber Academy:

Bill Buchanan
Professor
Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, next generation user interfaces, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, e-Health, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and simulation.
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Marian Dunbar
Research Project Administrator
Marian Dunbar is a research project administrator supporting the work of The Cyber Academy. She has worked on a number of EU and other research projects in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. She has a BSc Social Sciences degree from the University of Edinburgh, a PG Diploma from Robert Gordon's University and has worked for the Universites of Edinburgh and Heriot Watt.
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Bobby Souter
Senior Computing Support Technician
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Richard Macfarlane
Lecturer
Rich Macfarlane has been a Lecturer in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University since 2009, playing a key role in the creation and development of the GCHQ certified MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics. Working within the Centre for Networking, Distributed Computing and Security research group. Teaching and research in the areas of Computer and Network Security, Pen Testing, Digital Forensics, Networking, Cloud Computing, Software Engineering and Online teaching and E-learning.
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Naghmeh Moradpoor
Lecturer
Dr Moradpoor (PhD, MSc, BSc, CEH v.8, PGCert, MBCS) is a Lecturer in Cybersecurity and Networks at Edinburgh Napier University. Her general research interests include security, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, artificial intelligence, genetic algorithms, mobile phone forensics, network resource management and next generation networks, systems and services. She is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH.v8) and her current area of research is focused on the application of neural networks for detection and classification of cybersecurity attacks.
Gordon Russell
Senior Lecturer & Subject Group Leader
Gordon's current research interests are Cryptography, Digital Forensics and Cyber Security. He has led the development of the GCHQ certified MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics, including introducing new modes of study. He led the development of the MSc Advanced Security and Cybercrime, providing distance learning opportunities for postgraduate studies. He has a strong international reputation, which has been built on an innovative teaching environment (LinuxZoo) and on the SQL Hacks book. His research work investigates the usage of secret shares for storing information, and focuses on creating robust Cloud-based infrastructures which do not require encryption keys, and which can automatically rebuild themselves on a major disaster.
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Petra Leimich
Lecturer
Based at Edinburgh Napier University, Dr Petra Leimich is a Lecturer in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, a Teaching fellow and a member of the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networking and Security. Her main area of expertise is Digital Forensics, specifically Database Forensics. Her current research interests focus on the areas of distributed file system and cloud forensics (particularly Hadoop), similarity hashing, digital forensic triage, web browser forensics, database forensics and information security and privacy. Petra also has a strong interest in research-led teaching and has successfully helped honours and masters students publish their original research.
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Dr Elias Ekonomou
Lecturer
Dr Elias Ekonomou is a Lecturer in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. Elias joined as a researcher in security for e-Health applications including the integration of data and access rights across various health domains. Additionally, he designed a data transportation protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks. He is a former SE/RSE Enterprise Fellow with experience in productising intellectual property arising from academic research and has delivered various CPD courses for international corporations, including a top UK bank and public organisations such as Police Scotland
Dr Imed Romdhani
Lecturer
Programme Leader of the MSc Wireless and Mobile Networks. Module Leader of a set of Advanced Networking modules Module Leader of the MSc Dissertation Project module Active member of the Ineternet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Founder and CEO of Digital Tunisia Founder of the Student PPMS Project (www.studentppms.com) Higher Education Expert at E-Taalim (www.e-taalim.com) Specialties: IPv6, Wireless and Mobile Networking, Multicast Communication, Vehicular and Mesh Networks, Wireless Sensor Networks, Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy, PRINCE2 certified
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Robert Ludwiniak
Lecturer
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Adrian Smales
Researcher
Adrian Smales is a Research Fellow and Ph.D. Researcher within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. Adrian’s main areas of expertise when not studying for his Ph.D. are Project Management, Security, and Senior Management. He is currently researching Health Informatics, including electronic health record governance and information sharing. One of his main research topics is using predictive analytics and cognitive computing. Other areas of expertise have been demonstrated as the project manager for the EU funded DFET project coordinating at a national and European level, lecturing and managing partners. He is a specialist in secure management and sharing of data in key sectors such as healthcare, public services, and law enforcement.
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Peter Aaby
Researcher
Peter has experience setting up corporate and campus network infrastructure. He holds an IT Networking HND degree from the Business Academy Aarhus in Denmark, gaining excellent grades for his final internship project at Bankdata 2014. Since then Peter was accepted into 3rd year of the BEng (Hons) degree in Computer Security and Forensics at Edinburgh Napier University. In early 2015 he displayed excellent understanding within Cipher-cracking while representing the university, by winning the “2015 Universally Challenge Cyber Security Competition”. Later Peter also appeared as an expert on the BBC Panorama’s episode “How Hackers Steal your Identity”, helping to devise a British Broadband website as a challenge to former criminal hackers. Peter is also the co-founder of ENU Cyber Security Society, with the core role of engaging students socially around academic topics such as penetration testing, hardware security and digital forensics.
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Owen Lo
Research Fellow
Owen Lo, BEng (2010) degree in Computer Networks and Distributed Systems and awarded a PhD (2015) degree in health informatics. Owen has contributed to numerous research projects including evaluation of a cloud-based e-Health platform (Cloud4Health), implementation of a data governance engine (safi.re), evaluation of an Anonymised, Distributed, e-Commerce Architecture (ADeCA) and development of digital forensic investigation tools (Fragment Finder). His current research area is on side-channel attacks which is a technique used to attack a cryptographic system by monitoring the physical outputs of the system. Additionally, he is involved in the spin-out project named Fragment Finder which aims to develop a suite of digital investigation tools to enable rapid detection of contraband data.
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Professor Ahmed Al-Dubai
Professor
Professor Ahmed Al-Dubai received a PhD studentship (Merit Competition-Award) from University of Glasgow. He has been working on the area of group communications, parallel and distributed computing and high-performance networks for more than 12 years. His research has been supported by EU, Universities UK and the Royal Society. His findings have been published in world leading journals such as IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and in prestigious international conferences including IEEE IPDPS, IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE WCNC, ICPP, IEEE IPCCC and ACM-SAC. Ahmed has been the recipient of several academic awards and recognitions. He has been a member of several editorial boards of scholarly journals. He has been the Guest Editor for a number of special issues in scholarly journals.
Alistair Lawson
Associate Professor (Reader)
Alistair Lawson is an Associate Professor with The Cyber Academy, a member of Research Centre for Algorithms, Visualisation and Evolving Systems, and is leader of the Data Science Special Interest Group within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. He has worked on projects related to the application of computer security within e-Health for enhanced information sharing. His work led to the creation of a successful spin-out company: Symphonic Trust. This work, related to Trust and Governance for Information Sharing, has now advanced into a high-impact project in London which is integrating over 7,000 health and social care entities. Previous projects have included collaborative grants with Microsoft plc which aimed to improve the care of the elderly using Trusted Cloud-based services [EPSRC: TS/I002561/1] with Imperial College with an enhanced Cloud-based e-Health system [EPSRC: TS/H001883/1]. Other work includes research into Privacy, Trust, and Online Reputation.
Rameez Asif
Lecturer of Cybersecurity and Networking
Dr. Rameez Asif is a Lecturer of Cybersecurity and Networking. He has recently joined School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. He is a multi-disciplinary researcher and academician. His general research themes include but not limited to data networking, IoT, software define networks, cryptology, cybersecurity, signal processing and photonics. His current area of research is focused on the design and implementation of the cost-effective Quantum-to-the-Home (QTTH) networks with high secure key rates.