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Ali Al-Sherbaz

ASL: TECHNICAL & APPLIED COMPUTING

Associate Professor in Mobile and Network Security, and Academic Subject leader of the Technical and Applied computing. An expert in Network Security, connected cars communications, 5G/IoT/M2M communications, and SDN, who thrives at the interface between the business and the technical world. Chevron icon

Biography

Dr Ali Al-Sherbaz is currently the Associate Professor in Mobile and Network Security, and Academic Subject leader of the Technical and Applied computing, school of computing and Engineering at the University of Gloucestershire.

He has twenty five years theoretical and practical experience in researching and teaching at various universities both in the Middle East and in the UK, with good experience in both academic and industrial projects. Ali is the Chair of BCS British Computer Society, member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering), IEEE Communication Society, IEEE Standards Associations and Member in the Institution Engineering and Technology IET. Leading the research active staff within the University and acting as a core member of the School Executive Team, providing strong strategic leadership and quality management for research and enterprise (R&E) activities across the faculty, leading strategically important partnerships for the University of Gloucestershire.

His academic career has focused on providing access to excellence through higher education and research in Computing and Engineering. A key part of his role is also establish partnerships in EU, Middle East, Far East, India and China, which means to liaise with multi-stakeholders on a technical and a managerial level, curriculum development, Laboratory development and building long term Partnerships. Developing and delivering a strategic vision for the Universities technical/research and related commercial activities, involving: Ideas development; forward planning; analysis and evaluation; problem solving and resolution and the focusing of business/commercial objectives – championing commercial activities and using broad business development skills to drive forward investment.

Qualifications

PhD: Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Buckingham, 2010

Accreditation

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies

  • Chair of BCS British Computer Society (NN Branch)
  • Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering),
  • Member IEEE Communication Society,
  • Member IEEE Standards Associations
  • Member in the Institution Engineering and Technology IET

Teaching & Research

Teaching

  • Secure System Architecture
  • Advanced Networking and Security
  • Software Defined Network
  • Wireless and Network Enterprise
  • CyberSecurity
  • Research Methodologies

Research

Dr Ali Al-Sherbaz has lead and delivered the following research projects:
  1. Cybersecurity and Police: I work closely with local police to discuss the cybersecurity issues , we launched in May 2017, Cybersecurity forum holds regular monthly meetings attended by academics, IT directors, managers and specialists from local businesses, business networks and Local Police. Businesses that attend will benefit from expert briefings on current cyber threats, impacts, trends and government advice, helping them reduce the likelihood of disruption due to cybercrime. to discuss the cyber threat landscape focusing on hackers and how they operate, and strategic issues are considered and as part of this the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is explored as a strategic issue that could affect SMEs.
  2. 5G/LPWAN: 8 Years Mobile and Wireless leading projects and activities, I have organised several events and establish undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and PhD supervise research students.
  3. Blockchain: Three Years investigation in Blockchain, the decentralised nature of Blockchain makes it an ideal technology for a key role in the IoT world. Allowing millions of connected devices to share information securely and transparently, Blockchain enables autonomy and ultimately, faster machine-to-machine transactions
  4. Connected Cars: 6 years investigation of vehicular communications channel, performance, and statistical modelling as well as routing and traffic analysis. Carried-out partially in cooperation with Kier-WSP, and EU consortium Nets4Cars.
  5. Internet of Things: 5 years extensive focus on M2M and IoT channel modelling and its applications, in addition to performance and statistical modelling. Delivered in cooperation with weightless SIG; funding was secured and the first R&D IoT system in Northampton was installed and developed with different applications.
  6. SDN – Network Security: A 4-year project on Software Defined Network security performance and modelling, and traffic analysis. This project was carried out in cooperation with HP Enterprise.
  7. Digitising the Heritages using virtual reality technology

External responsibilities

Developing and delivering a strategic vision for the Universities technical/research and related commercial activities, involving: Ideas development; forward planning; analysis and evaluation; problem solving and resolution and the focussing of business/commercial objectives – championing commercial activities and using broad business development skills to drive forward investment.

Professional positions

The Chair of the British Computer Society - Northampton Branch