Thomas Tan

thomas tan

Dr Thomas Tan

Lecturer in Cybersecurity

Biography

Dr Zhiyuan Tan is a Lecturer in the School of Computing at the Edinburgh Napier University (ENU). He holds a BEng degree (2005) with high distinction from the North-eastern University, China, and a MEng degree (2008) from the Beijing University of Technology, China. He was awarded a PhD degree in Computer Systems by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia in 2014.

Prior to joining ENU in 2016, Dr Tan held different research positions at three research intensive universities, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Cybersecurity at the University of Twente (UT), the Netherlands from 2014 to 2016; a Research Associate at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia in 2014; and a Senior Research Assistant at La Trobe University, Australia in 2013.

Dr Tan has a strong research background, and his current research interests include cybersecurity, machine learning, data analytics, virtualisation and cyber-physical system. Dr Tan has received AUD 27,800 funding from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and UTS for his research on autonomous network intrusion detection, as well as £6,987 funding from ENU for his research on securing future 5G health care systems. Over the past nine years, he also has participated in other network security research projects funded by CSIRO, Minster of Education (Oman), and ITEA2-/CATRENE.

These projects have contributed highly efficient solutions for 1) detecting, classifying and defending malicious activity and intrusion in an entire network as well as systems providing critical services, 2) furthering the cutting edge in practical security monitoring, and 3) developing secure data and service architectures. Based on the outcomes of these projects, Dr Tan has published over 45 quality scholarly articles. His most recent research achievements have been published in highly-cited IEEE Transactions and Elsevier journals as well as premier international conferences.

His research contribution on cybersecurity is internationally recognised. According to Google Scholar, he has an H-Index of 13 and his research articles have received over 830 citations since 2011. Moreover, he has earned various research awards, including a National Research Award 2017 from the Research Council of the Sultanate of Oman, a Best Paper Award, and a Kaspersky Lab’s Annual Student Cyber Security Conference Finalist Award, over the past years.

Besides, Dr Tan has played various chair roles in international workshops and conferences, and has served international journals as an editorial board member or as an associate editor. Dr Tan has organised Special Issues for international journals. Dr Tan has also been invited to serve as a technical program committee member of major international conferences and a reviewer for prestigious journals.

In addition, Dr Tan has been involved in supervising Research Master and PhD students since he accomplished his PhD thesis in 2013 and has been entitled to independently supervise research student projects since 2016. Over the past 5 years, Dr Tan has mentored and supervised 7 PhD students, and his research students have achieved productive research outcomes, including 7 journal and 4 conference publications. By far, 2 PhD students have successfully accomplished their study under his mentoring.

Dr Tan is now RECRUITING highly self-motivated Ph.D. students, who are expected to conduct challenging research on Network Security
- Adversarial machine learning for Anomaly/Malware detection
- Virtualisation security based on non-parametric behaviour modelling
- Knowledge transfer (Transfer Machine Learning) in cyber-security problems
- IoT Security with focuses on Cloud and Edge computing security issues

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Conference Activity

  • TPC Member, 2019 The 2nd International Conference on Software and Services Engineering (CSSE 2019)
  • TPC Member, The 5th IEEE International Conference on High Performance and Smart Computing (IEEE HPSC 2019)
  • TPC Member, The 5th IEEE International Conference on Big Data Security on Cloud (BigDataSecurity 2019)
  • TPC Member, The 5th International Symposium on Security and Privacy in Social Networks and Big Data (SocialSec 2019)
  • Publicity Chair, The 11th International Workshop on Security in e-Science and e-Research (ISSR 2019)
  • TPC Member, Wireless Days 2019 (WD'19)
  • TPC Member, The International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Communication Networks (CICN 2019)
  • Publicity Chair, The 7th IEEE International Workshop on Network Optimization and Performance Evaluation (NOPE-19)
  • Organising Chair, The 3rd International Workshop on Securing IoT Networks (SITN 2019)
  • Organising Chair, The 3rd International Workshop on Secure Smart Society in Next Generation Networking Paradigm (SECSOC 2019)
  • Program Vice Chair, The 5th International Conference on Dependability in Sensor, Cloud, and Big Data Systems and Applications (DependSys 2019)
  • TPC Member, The 11th International Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security (CSS 2019)
  • TPC Member, The 6th International Symposium on Big Data Principles, Architectures & Applications (BDAA 2019)
  • Co-Chair, Organised Session on Recent Advances in Security & Privacy in Healthcare (Secure-eHealth) in conjunction with 2019 IEEE 8th Global Conference on Consumer Electronics (GCCE 2019)
  • TPC Member, The 11th International Symposium on UbiSafe Computing (UbiSafe 2019)
  • Technical Program Chairs; The 9th EAI International Conference on Cloud Computing (CloudComp 2019)
  • TPC Member, Future 5V 2018 - 3rd EAI International Conference on Future Intelligent Vehicular Technologies
  • Organiser and Chair, The Second International Workshop on Securing IoT Networks 2018 (SITN-2018)
  • Organiser and Chair, The Second International Workshop on Secure Smart Societies in Next Generation Networks (SECSOC 2018)
  • Program Chair, The 8th EAI International Conference on Big Data Technologies and Applications (BD:TA 2018)
  • TPC Member, The 2nd International Workshop on Cyberspace Security (IWCSS 2018)
  • TPC Member, The 17th IEEE International Conference On Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications (TrustCom 2018)
  • TPC Member, The 2018 the International Conference on Software and Services Engineering (ICSSE2018)
  • TPC Member, The 2018 International Workshop on Privacy, Security and Trust in Computational Intelligence (PSTCI 2018)
  • Publicity Chair, The 10th International Workshop on Security in e-Science and e-Research (ISSR 2018)
  • Organiser, International Symposium on Advances in High Performance Computing and Networking (AHPCN-2018)
  • Organiser, Special Session on Industrial Automation and Process System’s Security for IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE’17)
  • Organiser and Chair, International Workshop on Securing IoT Networks 2017 (SITN-2017) held in conjunction with The 2017 IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things (iThings-2017)
  • Organiser and Chair, The 1st IEEE International Workshop on Secure Smart Society in Next Generation Networks (SECSOC2017) held in conjunction with The 16th IEEE International Conference On Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications (IEEE TrustCom-17)
  • Publication Co-chair, The 2nd EAI International Conference on Future Intelligent Vehicular Technologies (Future 5V)
  • TPC Member, The 16th IEEE International Conference On Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications (TrustCom 2017)
  • TPC Member, The 9th International Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security (CSS 2017)
  • TPC Member, The 2017 World Symposium on Computer Applications & Research (WSCAR 2017)
  • TPC Member, The Third International Symposium on Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications (ISTA'17)

 

Editorial Activity

  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Recent Advance in Security and Privacy for Smart Society for Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, Online ISSN:1532-0634
  • Lead Guest Editor, Special Issue "Emerging Security and Privacy Issues in IoT-based Smart Networks" for Information by MDPI, (ISSN 2078-2489)
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Security and Privacy for Smart Cities: Challenges and Opportunities, Computers and Electrical Engineering, ISSN: 0045-7906
  • Guest Editor, Special Collection on Advances in Cyber Physical Social Systems, International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, ISSN: 15501477
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Secure Smart Society in Next Generation Networking Paradigm, Journal of Cyber Security Technology, Print ISSN: 2374-2917 Online ISSN: 2374-2925
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Moving from Wireless Sensor Networks towards the Internet of Things: Future Trends and Research Challenges, Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks Journal, ISSN: 1551-9899
  • Editorial Board Member, The International Journal of Computer Sciences and its Applications
  • Guest Editor, Special section on Security and Trusted Computing for Industrial Internet of Things, IEEE Access, ISSN: 2169-3536
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Access, ISSN: 2169-3536

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing 2017 - Future Generation Computer Systems, ISSN: 0167-739X
  • The National Research Award 2017 - The Research Council of the Sultanate of Oman
  • IEEE Outstanding Service Award
  • Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing 2016 - Journal of Network and Computer Applications, ISSN: 1084-8045
  • Finalist of Asia-Pacific & MEA Round, Kaspersky Lab’s Annual Student Conference ‘CyberSecurity for the Next Generation’ 2013
  • Best Paper Award - The 1st International Conference on Security of Internet of Things

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Grant Reviewer for Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vidi, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

 

Invited Speaker

  • An Invited Talk on Network Security: Data Analysis Aspects at Hunan University of Science and Technology (China), 22 June 2018
  • An Invited Talk on Internet of Things and Its Security at the Dongguan University of Technology, China, December 2017

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of British Computer Society (BCS)
  • Member of European Alliance for Innovation (EAI)
  • Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • Ph.D. degree external examiner for Charles Sturt University, Australia

 

Reviewing

  • Computational Intelligence
  • Enterprise Information Systems
  • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (IEEE TVT)
  • IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine (IEEE WCM)
  • IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (IEEE TWC)
  • IEEE Transactions on Cybernetic
  • IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing (T-SUSC)
  • IEEE Transactions on Computational Social System (TCSS)
  • Computer & Security (COSE)
  • Journal of Medical Systems
  • International Journal of Embedded Systems (IJES).
  • Computers & Electrical Engineering
  • the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (IEEE/ACM TCBBSI)
  • Reviewing a book proposal for Blockchains for Network Security for IET
  • IEEE Access
  • Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (CEUS)
  • Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience (CCPE)
  • IET Networks
  • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (T-IFS)
  • IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC)
  • IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC)
  • IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC)
  • IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM)
  • IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering (TNSE)
  • Journal of Cyber Security Technology
  • Applied Computing and Informatics (ACI)
  • Information Sciences (INS)
  • ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (ToIT)
  • Security and Communication Networks (SCN)
  • IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS)
  • Future Generation Computer Systems (FGCS)
  • Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA)
  • Frontiers of Computer Science (FCS)

 

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • AUD 2,900, "Network Denial-of-Service Attack Detection Using Image Retrieval", SoCC Incentive Grant, School of Computing and Communications, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • AUD 27,800 , "Intrusion Detection in Peer-to-Peer Systems Using Statistical Techniques", CSIRO UTS ICT Top-up Scholarship CSIRO, Marsfiled, Australia

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Ms. Pallavi Jagannatha - Master of Computer Science with Specialisation in Cyber Security, University of Twente, the Netherlands