Thomas Tan

thomas tan

Dr Thomas Tan



Dr. Zhiyuan Tan is a Lecturer at the School of Computing. He was awarded his PhD degree by University of Technology Sydney, Australia in 2014. Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier University, he had been a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Twente since 2014.

His research background is in network security and pattern recognition. Primarily, he is interested in bringing knowledge about pattern recognition and machine learning to the tasks of behavior modelling and algorithm design in the domain of network security. Representative tasks include network traffic characterisation, detection of intrusive traffic behaviors in a complex network, malicious packet payload contents discovery, detection of suspicious attempts on a host system and selection of optimal features from a large-scale feature space.

Dr. Tan has a long history of collaboration. He has active collaborations with fellow faculty at the University of Twente and fellow cyber security faculty from Eindhoven University of Technology. He also has long-term collaborations with international acclaimed scholars from UTS, CSIRO and University of New South Wales.

His research findings have been published in world leading journals such as IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, Future Generation Computer Systems, Computer Networks and in prestigious international conferences including IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE TrustCom and ICONIP.

Dr Tan has been invited to serve as a reviewer for top journals, including IEEE TPDS, IEEE TC, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (T-IFS), IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC), FGCS, and Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA). Dr Tan also has engaged in various research venues, including IEEE TrustCom, Feature 5V and IEEE Access Journal, as a committee member, an organising chair, and a guest editor respectively.

Research Areas



Research Degree External Examining

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


Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Computer Sciences and its Applications
  • Guest Editor of Special section on Security and Trusted Computing for Industrial Internet of Things, IEEE Access, ISSN: 2169-3536
  • Guest Editor of 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 of 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


Invited Speaker

  • An Invited Talk on Internet of Things and Its Security at the Dongguan University of Technology, China, December 2017


Fellowships and Awards

  • The National Research Award 2017 - The Research Council of the Sultanate of Oman
  • IEEE Outstanding Service Award


Conference Activity

  • Organiser of Special Session on Industrial Automation and Process System’s Security for IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE’17)
  • Organiser and Chair of 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 of The 2nd EAI International Conference on Future Intelligent Vehicular Technologies (Future 5V)
  • Technical Program Committee Member of 16th IEEE International Conference On Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications (TrustCom 2017)
  • Technical Program Committee Member of The 9th International Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security (CSS 2017)
  • Organiser and Chair of International Workshop on Securing IoT Networks 2017 held in conjunction with The 2017 IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things (iThings-2017)


Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member of European Alliance for Innovation



  • Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing for Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Elsevier


Current Post Grad projects