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Ali Ismail Awad (Ph.D., SMIEEE, MACM) is currently an Associate Professor of cybersecurity at the College of Information Technology, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. He has been coordinating the Master's Program in Information Security at the same institution since 2022. He is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Dr. Awad is also a Visiting Researcher at the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom. He is also an Associate Professor with the Electrical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Al-Azhar University at Qena, Egypt. Dr. Awad was an Associate Professor (Docent) with the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Luleå, Sweden, where he coordinated the Master’s Program in Information Security from 2017 to 2020. In 2021, he was promoted to a Recognized University Teacher rank at LTU for his pedagogical achievements. His research interests include cybersecurity, network security, Internet of Things (IoT) security, and image analysis with biometrics and medical imaging applications. Dr. Awad has edited or co-edited several books and authored or co-authored several journal articles and conference papers in these areas. In 2021, 2022, and 2023, he was listed in the top 2% of influential scientists worldwide. He is an Editorial Board member of Future Generation Computer Systems, Computers & Security, Internet of Things; Engineering Cyber-Physical Human Systems, Health Information Science and Systems, and  Security, Privacy and Authentication section by Frontiers. Dr. Awad is an IEEE Senior Member and an ACM Professional 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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