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Dr Nauman Aslam

Associate Professor

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Dr. Nauman Aslam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Digital Technologies. He joined Northumbria University in August 2011.

EE Naumanaslam Staffprofile 255Dr. Nauman Aslam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Digital Technologies. He joined Northumbria University in August 2011.

Dr. Nauman received his PhD in Engineering Mathematics from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2008. He was awarded Master of Engineering Degree in Internetworking from Dalhousie University in 2003; and BSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan in 1993. Prior to joining Northumbria University he worked as an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, Canada from 2008 - 2011. Currently, he also holds an adjunct assistant professor position at Dalhousie university.

Dr. Nauman has extensive research experience in wireless ad hoc and sensor networks. Currently he is leading a team to set up a research facility for developing wireless sensor based health care applications. He has held research supports from industry including CMC Microsystems Canada and federal funding organizations including ACOA/AIF.

Dr. Nauman has published over 25 refereed research articles in international journals and conference proceedings. He has also co-organized international workshops and conference. He also served on many technical program committees and reviewed papers for several journals. Dr. Nauman is a member of IEEE and IAENG.


PhD, MEng, BSc, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests span the general areas of wireless ad hoc and sensor networks. During the last few years my research contributions focused on energy efficient communication protocols, energy efficient architectures, and QoS-aware medium access control (MAC) for WSNs. I am interested in design and development of viable communication protocols by using fundamental concepts from graph theory, optimization and intelligent techniques. I am also keenly interested in new applications of WSNs including health care and industrial control systems. 

Currently, my research activities are focused at investigation of the following topics:

  • Design and development of energy efficient algorithms for wireless sensor actor networks
  • Secure communication protocols for wireless sensor networks
  • Cooperative communication for energy efficient data dissemination in wireless sensor networks
  • Wireless sensor based healthcare application
  • Artificial intelligence based techniques for network protection and cyber security

Department of My main teaching interests include Network Architecture, Analysis and Design, Security and Networking Technologies.

Currently I am involved in teaching the following modules:

  • EN0714: Implementing Secure Converged Wide Area
  • EN0404: Introduction to Programming with Robots
  • EN0636: Principles of wireless computer networks
  • EN0715: Optimising Converged Cisco Networks

Sponsors and Collaborators

I am actively engaged in research collaborations within my school as well as with colleagues from other universities internationally. Currently I have active collaboration with colleagues in University of Bedfordshire (UK), Acadia University (Canada), IBA Karachi (Pakistan), Dalhousie University (Canada) and UoIT (Canada).

Centre of excellence for Learning, Innovation, Networking and Knowledge (cLINK), funded by European Union's Erasmus Mundus. The project involves six European and eight Asian partners. Project is led by Northumbria University and I am involved as the Team Leader. Amount 2.5 Million Euros

Research Contract, funded by Cape Breton University Project on Petroleum Applications of Wireless Sensor Networks, Atlantic  Innovation Fund, 2010 -  Amount CAD $ 27500

Faculty of Engineering, Dalhousie University - Dean's Research Grant, 2010 - Amount CAD $ 4000

Faculty of Engineering, Dalhousie University - New Faculty Start Up Grant, 2008 - Amount CAD $ 20,000

Key Publications

Abidalrahman Moh'd, Nauman Aslam, William Phillips and William Robertson, "A dual-mode energy efficient encryption protocol for wireless sensor networks" Elsevier Ad hoc Networks, August 2013 (article in press)

Barraclough, P. A., Hossain M. A., Tahir M., and Aslam, N., Intelligent phishing detection and protection scheme for online transactions, Elsevier Science Expert Systems with Applications, 40 (2013) 4697-4706, 2013

Abidalrahman Moh'd, Nauman Aslam, William Robertson and William Phillips, "SN-SEC: A Secure Wireless Sensor Platform with Hardware Cryptographic Primitives" Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, May 2012.

Aslam, N., Robertson, W., Phillips, W., and Sivakumar, S., "A Multi-Criterion Optimization Technique for Energy Efficient Cluster Formation in Wireless Sensor Networks", Elsevier Information Fusion Journal Volume 12, Issue 3 (2011), pages 147-240

Zahoor Khan, Shyamala Sivakumar, William Phillips, Nauman Aslam, "EPR: Energy-aware Peering Routing Protocol for Body Area Network Communication in Hospital Environment" Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing (Accepted for Publication in 2013).

Aslam, N., "Optimizing Connectivity in 3D Wireless Sensor Networks", Smart Wireless Sensor Networks, INTECH Publishers, ISBN No. 978-953-307-261-6, Dec. 2010.


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