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Ali Ismail Awad (Ph.D., SMIEEE) is currently an Associate Professor of Cybersecurity at the College of Information Technology (CIT), United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Additionally, Dr. Awad is coordinating the Master’s Program in Information Security from 2022 at the same institution. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the University of Plymouth, UK. Dr. Awad was an Associate Professor (Docent) with the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden, where he served as a coordinator of the Master’s Program in Information Security from 2017 to 2020. He was also an Associate Professor with the Electrical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Al-Azhar University at Qena, Egypt. His research interests include Cybersecurity, network security, Internet of Things security, and image analysis with biometrics and medical imaging applications. Dr. Awad has edited or co-edited eight books and authored or co-authored several journal articles and conference papers in these areas. In 2021 and 2022, he was listed in the top 2% of influential scientists worldwide. He is an Editorial Board member of the Future Generation Computer Systems Journal, Computers & Security Journal, the Internet of Things, Engineering Cyber-Physical Human Systems Journal, the Health Information Science and Systems Journal, and formerly the IET Image Processing Journal. Dr. Awad is an IEEE senior member.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Honorary Associate Professor, University of Nottingham

Aug 1 2023 → …

Visiting Researcher (Associate Professor), University of Plymouth

Jun 1 2018 → …

Associate Professor, Luleå University of Technology

Jul 1 2017Oct 31 2022

Assistant Professor, Luleå University of Technology

Sept 1 2015Jun 30 2017

Research interests

  • Cybersecurity
  • Network Security
  • Internet of Things Security
  • Identity and Access Control
  • Biometrics
  • Image Analysis
  • Security Education
  • Security Hands-on


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