Centre for Smart Systems, AI and Cybersecurity (SSAICS)

Themes

Summary

SSAICS is a multidisciplinary research centre with a specific focus on smart systems, artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity and their applications.

Our aim

The SSAICS research centre sits within the School of Digital, Technologies and Arts, 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 within the University, fostering interdisciplinary research. Our vision is to carry out world-leading theoretical and applied research within the centre’s defined 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 smart systems, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

Smart systems

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 and smart agriculture, to mention but a few. Under the umbrella of a smart world, these concepts present many opportunities for a sustainable world and, at the same time, they come with considerable challenges, especially with the emerging technology of the Internet of Things (IoT), where billions of devices are expected to be connected.

Research by SSAICS in Smart Systems focuses on new models and architectures for various applications and addresses emerging challenges. SSAICS covers expertise in relevant areas including smart cities, IoT, communications, networks, cloud/edge computing, WSN, robotics, blockchain and even games technologies.

Artificial intelligence (AI)

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 has already shown promising results but more theoretical and applied research is still needed to unlock its full potential. SSAICS members have relevant expertise in machine learning, computational intelligence, data analytics, statistical methods and optimisation applied to various application domains, including health, smart cities, security, engineering and video analytics, to mention but a few.

Cybersecurity

The increased adoption of smart systems and digital technologies, in general, presents everlasting security challenges. We are becoming so dependent on technology that security breaches are 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 people and services! SSAICS research takes a holistic approach to cybersecurity, considering tools, processes and people. The centre researches a wide 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.

Research excellence

The SSAICS research centre promotes research excellence in some important emerging technologies and supports business partners and other stakeholders in implementing 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 centre organises and hosts 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 out for motivated PhD candidates to join and be part of our research team, who can help them excel in their PhD studies and 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, 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

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

Dr Rakan Aldmour

Lecturer

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 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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Dr Benhur Bakhtiari Bastaki

Senior Lecturer

Alastair Dawes

Director Of Business, Development & Ent

I am a digital innovation specialist working as the Director of Business and Enterprise for for the School of Digital Technologies and Arts at Staffordshire University.

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Professor Tony Dodd

Associate Dean Research And Enterprise

Dr Sarah Fox

Associate Professor

Sarah is a legal adviser to many Commissions and specialist bodies (incl Europol; the EU and UK Parliaments) with expertise in the areas of EU, international, and transport law. She achieved a prestigious Fulbright postdoc professorship to the USA.

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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 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 Ali Sadegh Zadeh

Lecturer

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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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Professor Huseyin Seker

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Computing

Dr Maryam Shahpasand

Senior Lecturer

Dr Saeed Shiry Ghidary

Lecturer

Saeed is a lecturer at school of Digital, technologies and arts. His main area of interests are Artificial intelligence, Robotics, Machine learning, Computer vision and Smart systems.

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Professor Abdel-Hamid Soliman

Professor

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

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Dr Mostafa Tajdini

Lecturer

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