Current Students

Xinbo Ban, PhD Student

I am a Ph.D. student in Computer Science (CS) at the Swinburne University of Technology and Data61|CSIRO, Australia. under the supervision of Ming Ding, I am working on the analysis of privacy and security for software and systems, specifically on emerging computing platforms and cyber-physical environments in which they operate. Through system simulation and program analysis, my research seeks to improve privacy and security guarantees in the IoT ecosystem. My research interests mainly include:

  • Software Vulnerability Analysis
  • IoT Security and privacy
Michal Kepkowski, PhD Student

I am a PhD student in Computer Security at Macquarie University and Data61 CSIRO, Australia. With my PhD advisors Mohamed Ali (Dali) Kaafar (Macquarie University), Hassan Asghar (Macquarie University), and Dinusha Vatsalan (Data61 CSIRO), I am working on an evaluation of modern authentication protocols. I am focusing on the security and privacy aspects of the biometric, passwordless, and multi-factor authentication mechanisms, and their application in the industry. I am researching the technical and usability challenges of strong authentication and their impact on individuals and organizations. My research interests include multi-factor authentication, passwordless authentication, biometric authentication, privacy-preserving authentication, and usability aspects of authentication.

imkhan Nan Wu, PhD Student

Nan Wu received the B.S. degrees (Hons.) in electronic and communication systems from The Australian National University, Australia, in 2015, and also from the Beijing Institute of Technology, China, in 2016, and the M.Res. degree in computer science from Macquarie University, Australia, in 2019. She is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree with Macquarie University. She is also with CSIRO’s Data61. Her research interests include privacy-preserving machine learning, privacy in data matching, security and privacy, and game theory.

Ehsan Razavi, PhD Student

Ehsan is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and is working under the supervision of Dr Ali Arefi at Murdoch University and David Smith at Data61/CSIRO. His PhD research focuses on load forecasting in smart grids considering rooftop PV generation behind the meter while maintaining households’ privacy. His research interests include:

  • Application of Machine Learning in Smart Grids,
  • Evaluation of Privacy-Preserving in Load Forecasting,
  • Energy Management and Scheduling of Power Systems and Smart Grids,
  • Stability Analysis of Power Systems,
  • Optimisation Algorithms.
Kanishka Ranaweera, PhD Student

Kanishka is currently reading his PhD in Privacy Preserving Machine Learning at Deakin University and Data61|CSIRO – Australia, under the supervision of Dr. David Smith and Prof. Pubudu Pathirana. He is currently working on communication efficient utility optimization for Differentially Private Federated Learning in Industrial IOT. More specifically he’s work is based on optimizing the differentially private stochastic gradient descent algorithms to improve utility while preserving the privacy aspects in Federated Learning applications in Industrial IOT. His current research interests include:

  • Federated Learning with user level differential privacy
  • Differentially private optimization methods
  • Application of privacy preserved federated learning in IIOT domains.
  • Utility optimization for DP-SGD
  • Adaptive Gradient Clipping Techniques
Haoran Qiang, PhD Student

I am a PhD student at School of Computer Science, University of Technology Sydney and affiliated to Data61, CSIRO. My research focuses on protecting visual privacy in the deep learning era. I am currently working on face de-identification in images and videos.

Past Students

 imkhan Muhammad Ikram, PhD Student

I am a PhD student in EET at UNSW and Data61|CSIRO, Australia. With my PhD advisor Mohamed Ali (Dali) Kaafar, I am working on evaluation and design of usable privacy and security systems for the Web and mobile platforms. The common theme of my work is to extract salient features via characterizations and measurements and to use specialized machine learning algorithms to improve security and privacy features, while maintaining adequate usability, of the privacy and security schemes on the web and mobile platforms. My research interests include:

  • Tracking-free efficient Web browsing
  • Evaluation of privacy preserving systems on the Web
  • Analysis of security and privacy preserving systems in mobile platforms
  • Spammer detection on online social networks
  • Characterization of black-hat marketplaces
rahat Rahat MasoodPhD Student

I am a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication (EE&T) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and Data61, CSIRO. Australia. I am working under the supervision of Mohamed Ali (Dali) Kaafar. My PhD research work focuses on the privacy of mobile and wearable devices (Internet of Things). The aim of my research project is to identify and combat privacy threats on mobile and wearable devices through the quantification and analysis of user behavioural biometrics. My research interests mainly includes:

  • Online Privacy Threats and Privacy Preserving Technologies
  • Behavioural Biometrics Authentication and User Behavioural Profiling
  • Networks Measurement and Formal Modelling
  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Authorization
Ali Dorri. Student
Arash Shaghaghi, PhD Student
Ashanie Gunathillake, PhD Student
Benoy Varghese, PhD Student
Fangzhou Jiang, PhD Student 
Guohao Lan, PhD Student
Hailong Huang. PhD Student
Hamed Nosrati. Student
Harini Kolamunna, PhD Student
Jiaan Guo, Student
Jiadong Sun, Student 
Jing Yue, Student
Jun Young Kim. Student
Kaavya Sriskandaraja. Student
Kalani Gamage. Student
Long Liu, Student
Marjan Moradi, Student
Mehdi Nobakht, PhD Student 
Mosarrat Jahan, Student
Nicole Sawyer, PhD Student
Saad Irtza, Student 
Sally Dang, Student
Samaneh Movassaghi. PhD Student
Samiya Shimly. Student
Sherry Shi. Honours Student
Tanvir Ul Huque, PhD Student
Thi Tham Nguyen, Student
Wattalage Sarith Kasunjith Fernando, Student 
Yining Hu, Student
Yizhou Yang. PhD Student
Yongjian Zhao. Student
Zhiyong Sun. Student
Zi Qi Chen, Student
Chuan Ma, PhD Student
Azade Fotouhi, PhD Student
Amir Hoseini, PhD Student
Nirmani Hewa Ranchagoda, PhD Student
Natasha Fernandes, PhD Student
Dinh Nguyen, PhD Student
Dong Ma, PhD Student
Marwa Hassan, PhD Student
Maryam Shahpasand, PhD Student