Centre for Smart Systems, AI and Cybersecurity (SSAICS)



SSAICS This multidisciplinary research centre with a specific focus on Smart Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity and their applications.

Our aim

SSAICS research centre sits within the School of Digital Technologies and Art, but works closely with other research centres across the University. The Centre’s themes are cross-cutting research domains; therefore, we are working closely with other research centres/groups in the University, fostering interdisciplinary research. Our vision is to carry out world-leading theoretical and applied research in the centre’s define themes and with our expertise we will work with partners and foster international collaboration and knowledge exchange. The main research themes for the centre are



The purpose of smart systems is to embed technology into the way the world already functions. This general definition underpins many emerging concepts and applications including, Smart Homes, Smart Cities, Smart Grid, Smart Agriculture, to mention but few. All under the umbrella of a Smart World, these concepts present many opportunities for a sustainable world, at the same time they come with considerable challenges, especially with the emerging technology of The Internet of Things, where billions of devices are expected to be connected. SSAICS research in Smart Systems focuses on new models and architectures for various applications and addresses emerging challenges. SSCAIS covers expertise in relevant areas including smart cities, IoT, communications, networks, Cloud/Edge computing, WSN, Robotics, Blockchain and even Games technologies.



AI is expected to underpin almost all future technology developments in various domains and for various purposes. Particularly, AI is an integral part of any smart systems deployment, for enhanced automation and decision making. With the available computation resources, we can now achieve a lot more with AI and machine learning; whether it is for improved surveillance systems, or predictive analytics for health or climate data AI have already shown promising results but more theoretical and applied research are still needed to unlock its full potential. SSCAIS centre’s members have relevant expertise in machine learning, computational intelligence, data analytics, statistical methods, optimisation applied to various applications domains, including health, smart cities, security, engineering and video analytics, to mention but few.



The increased adoption of smart systems and digital technologies, in general, present everlasting security challenges. We are becoming so dependent on technology that security breaches proved to have detrimental effects on individuals as well as organisations. In the case of smart systems, imagine the effects compromising the security of a smart home or a smart hospital can have on implicated people and services! SSAICS research centre takes a holistic approach to cybersecurity considering tools, processes and people. The centre researches a wider spectrum of cybersecurity from the human factor in cyber safety through anomaly and intrusion detection to biologically inspired and AI based solutions for secure and resilient systems in different environments including Cloud/Edge networks, Smartphones and IoT.


The SSAICS research centre promotes research excellence in some important emerging technologies and support business partners and other stakeholders implement cutting edge solutions to solve real world problems. Smart Systems, AI and Cybersecurity are interconnected areas and together provide a holistic approach to build next generation technologies. In addition, the centres organises and host regular activities to promote our research and opportunities for knowledge exchange collaboration, including seminars, workshops, and conferences, where we can engage with relevant stakeholders and develop synergies for joint projects. The SSAICS research centre is always on the look for motivated PhD candidates to join and be part of our research team who can help them excel in the PhD studies and their research career.

If you are an organisation looking for our expertise to solve your problem or to develop joint projects or you are a passionate researcher looking for PhD opportunities and want to know more information, please do not hesitate to contact the centre’s director Prof. Elhadj Benkhelifa at e.benkhelifa@staffs.ac.uk

Group leader

Professor Elhadj Benkhelifa

Professor Of Computer Science (Tef)

Researchers within Centre for Smart Systems, AI and Cybersecurity (SSAICS)

Professor Huseyin Seker

Associate Dean - Research & Enterprise

Professor Tony Dodd

Associate Dean Research And Enterprise

Mohamed Sedky

Associate Professor

After received his BEng(Hons) in Electro-Physics and Communications in Alexandria University, Egypt, in 1996, Mohamed founded SKM communication systems with two partners.

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Dr Alison Griffiths

Associate Professor

Alison's expertise includes smart grids and their protection and renewable integration, smart homes, wireless sensor network design, implementation & optimisation.

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Dr Abdel-Hamid Soliman

Associate Professor

Abdel-Hamid's expertise includes automation, including Smart Cities, Building automation, Energy management, Security, Safety and health applications.

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Dr Md Asaduzzaman

Associate Professor

I am an Operational Research and also a Statistician. My main researches are applying queueing, optimisation and data analytics models for resource allocation & planning in healthcare and telecommunications and forecasting in environmental sciences.

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Alastair Dawes

Academic Practice Learning Manager

As an Enterprise Reader I spend half of my time connecting the knowledge within the University to business, to help them solve their problems.

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Dr Saeed Shiry Ghidary


Dr Benhur Bakhtiari Bastaki

Senior Lecturer

Dr Rakan Aldmour


Dr Anas Amjad

Course Director

Anas's expertise is in smart technologies, wireless sensor networks, digital signal and image processing, mathematical modelling and simulation of engineering systems.

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Dr Ali Sadegh Zadeh


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Dr Maryam Shahpasand

Senior Lecturer

Dr Mohammad Hasan

Senior Lecturer

Mohammad has worked as Lecturer and as Assistant Professor in the past. Now, he works as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Staffordshire University. He is involved in postgraduate research e.g. Masters by Research (MRes), PhD s…

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Dr Mostafa Tajdini


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