Research Staff

Research Group Leader


thumb_a100880e-dc9a-4dbc-ba33-7eb13119693b-png Dali Kaafar. Professor.

Prof. Dali Kaafar is the Group Leader of the Networks Group. He is also the Chief Scientist of the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub and a Professor at the Faculty of Science and Engineering in Macquarie University. His main research interests are in the area of data Privacy, Networks Security and Performance modelling. He holds the position of visiting professor of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). He was previously a Senior Principal Researcher, Research leader and a principal researcher at the Mobile Networks Systems group at NICTA and a researcher at the Privatics team at INRIA in France. Prof. Kaafar obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Nice Sophia Antipolice at Inria France. He published over 200 scientific peer-reviewed papers with several repetitive publications in the prestigious ACM SIGCOMM and IEEE INFOCOM. Prof. Kaafar is also a member of the editorial board of the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium and Journal (PETS and PoPETS). He currently serves as the associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing Systems. He is also member of several technical committees including the ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT), ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) and WWW. He is the general Chair of Passive Active Measurement 2017.

Research Staff

Craig RussellPrincipal Research Engineer, Network Measurements and Modelling Team
I have 20 years experience in the design, implementation and operation of large data networks, both in the commercial and research sectors. Prior to joining CSIRO I worked as a network engineer for a tier-2 telecommunications carrier and as a software engineer for a multinational company. I also attained the highest level of industry certification in networking (Cisco Certified Inter-networking Expert, CCIE).

My current area of research and development is in Software Defined Networking (SDN) and its application to cyber-security and network analytics. Together with colleagues at UNSW and AARNet, I have built an Australia wide SDN test-bed spanning 9 university campuses and CSIRO, developed a prototype “connectivity-as-a-service” SDN application and co-founded the Australian SDN Alliance, an informal industry group to promote the adoption of SDN technology. My main focus is the development of research prototypes that can demonstrate the intrinsic value of innovation to industry.

DavidSmith_photo1-150x150 David Smith. Senior Research Scientist, Network Measurements and Modelling Team
My research interests include:

  • Game theory for distributed networks;
  • Distributed optimisation for wireless mesh networks and 5G Networks;
  • Smart-grid communications and demand-side management;
  • Wireless networks for disaster response;
  • Body area networks — technologies and systems.
  • Privacy preserving technologies for releasing data, information-theoretic.
Dinusha Vatsalan. Research Scientist, Privacy Team
Dinusha Vatsalan is a Research Scientist at Data61-CSIRO, Australia, and an Honorary Lecturer in the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University. Her research interests are mainly in privacy preserving techniques, privacy in data matching and mining, privacy in social media, privacy risk evaluation and prediction, health informatics, and population informatics. She is currently working on privacy in web search and social media as well as privacy preserving data matching.
photoGJ-150x150 Farhad Farokhi. Research Scientist, Data Privacy Team
Farhad Farokhi is a research scientist at the Information Security and Privacy Group at CSIRO’s Data61. He also holds a Research Fellow position at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Prior to that, he was a McKenzie Fellow at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne. In 2014, he received his PhD degree in Automatic Control from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering (Automatic Control), respectively, in 2008 and 2010 from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. During his PhD studies, he was a visiting researcher at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Farhad has been the recipient of the VESKI Fellowship from the Victorian State Government and the 2015 Early Career Researcher Award from the University of Melbourne. He was also a finalist in the 2014 European Embedded Control Institute (EECI) PhD Award. His research interests include security and privacy of cyber-physical systems, such as smart grids and intelligent transportation systems.
photoGJ-150x150 Guillaume Jourjon. Senior Research Scientist, Network Measurements and Modelling Team
My research interests revolve around network measurements, fraud detection, and new network architectures.  My current projects include:

  • Large Scale Measurement Architecture and performance evaluation;
  • Network Economics;
  • Software Defined Networking;
  • Multi-threaded high-speed packet processing for network bound applications;
  • Cyber-security.
Photo_MingDing Ming Ding, Senior Research Scientist, Data Privacy Team

My research interests:

  • Information Theory and Signal Processing
  • Data Privacy and Security
  • Machine Learning and AI
  • Wireless Communications
Ni Ding. Research Scientist, Network Measurements and Modelling Team
My research interests generally include optimizations in information theory, wireless communications, signal processing and machine learning. I am currently interested in the discrete and combinatorial optimization problems raised in the following areas:

  • discrete event control in cross-layer adaptive modulation
  • (information theoretic) lossless and lossy data compression
  • information flow over a graph
  • game theory (in particular, the games with strong structures, e.g., supermodular and convex games)
photoGJ-150x150 Raghav Bhaskar. Senior Research Scientist, Network Measurements and Modelling Team
TR Thierry RakotoariveloSenior Research Scientist, Team Leader Network Measurements and Modelling Team
My research interests focus on large scale cyber-physical systems such as IoT systems, sensor networks, or Internet-wide testbeds. I am interested in:

  • the design, provisioning, and orchestration of these systems
  • experiment-driven evaluations and measurement campaigns on such systems
  • the collection, curation and staging of their produced data
  • the analysis and algorithms to extract meaningful information from these data

Engineering Staff

1785942 Jonathan Chan. Senior Research Engineer, Data Privacy Team

I am a CISSP and CRISC, and my current research interests are:

  • Secure and usable authentication for online users
  • Privacy engineering and risk management
  • Business Process Compliance
PaulTyler Paul TylerSenior Engineer, Data Privacy Team
Paul is a research engineer with an interest in bringing research to the domain of transport and infrastructure. Paul is particularly interested in:

  • connected and automated vehicles
  • traffic control systems
  • data privacy and security in transport environments
XinlongGuan Xinlong Guan, Research Engineer, Network Measurements and Modelling Team
Xinlong is a research engineer working on :

  • Android development
  • Website development
  • Desktop application development
  • Backend development

Contributed Staff

Brian Anderson. Distinguished Research Scientist; Professor ANU
Brian research interests have included many contributions in the area of circuits, signal processing and control, and currently his work focuses on distributed control of multiagent systems, sensor network localization, and econometric modelling.
Guaoqiang Mao. Senior Principal Research Scientist; Professor UTS
Mahbub Hassan, Senior Principal Research Scientist; Professor UNSW
Photo-on-9-05-2014-at-5.07-pm-150x150 Hassan Asghar.Research Scientist, Lecturer Macquarie University
I am mainly interested in research in cryptography, information security and privacy. Within these broad fields, my current research areas are:

  • Design and analysis of observation resistant password systems
  • Topics in cryptography such as identification protocols and multi-party computation
  • Application of cryptography for network security such as secure network function virtualisation
  • Formal treatment of privacy threats and application of privacy preserving technologies for sharing/releasing data
Holz_Ralph_150x200-150x150 Ralph Holz, Research Scientist; Lecturer University of Sydney
My research interests revolve around security and (network) measurement, with a decidedly empirical approach. My current interests are:

  • Global-scale measurement of Internet service deployments and their security
  • Data-driven security mechanisms
  • Analysis of blockchain technology and its implications
malcolm-crompton Malcolm Crompton. Visiting Scientist; Managing Director of Information Integrity Solutions Pty Ltd