Omer F. Rana
Mudasser Wyne
Cardiff University, UK
National University, San Diego, USA


Title How to complete a PhD – successfully and Life After

This two hour tutorial describes approaches and techniques that can be used to successfully carry out PhD research. The proposer recognizes that there are many ways in which successful research can be carried out, often requiring creative thought processes that are not always easy To generalise. However, over the years, the proposer has found good practice that has been utilized by both students and supervisors, which has the potential to significantly improve the outcomes from PhD research. The proposer believes that PhD research ideas can be developed as early as undergraduate study, and a supportive research environment is often necessary to nurture some of these ideas towards successful research. A significant focus of this tutorial is on computer science and informatics related PhD research, however many of the general principles will also be relevant for other disciplines. The tutorial also looks into the life after getting PhD, what careers to pursue such as ‘Deciding against or in favour of an academic career’ and ‘Employer attitudes to the PhD’. This tutorial builds on a similar tutorial delivered at FIT 2016, and takes account of feedback from attendees. Additional material has been added on career prospects post-PhD. The slides from the tutorial at FIT 2016 received the largest number of views on Dialed.In (across all presentations at the event).
Aims and learning objectives
The aim of this tutorial is to provider undergraduate and postgraduate students (in addition to young faculty) with skills to carry out (and supervise) a successful PhD. The proposers builds on their experience in the UK, Europe and the United States, to identify good (and bad) practice – from the PhD proposal stage to eventual completion of a PhD thesis.
Learning Objectives:

  • Producing a research plan – how to write a PhD proposal
  • Understanding the PhD process – variations to this, as observed by the proposer
  • Understanding the stages in the PhD process – the importance of planning vs. the desire for serendipity
  • Understanding how to documenting your work – and the publishing process
  • Understanding and assessing impact from PhD work
  • Importance of understanding the “impact” of PhD work – and how this work could be commercialised or used for societal benefit
  • Is there a life after PhD?
An outline of the tutorial content
  • The ingredients of a successful research proposal. Often students interested in pursuing research study (in Pakistan or abroad), need to produce a research proposal.
  • The importance of developing the proposal is important – to ensure that it fully reflects the aspirations of the student, and more importantly, understanding how the proposed work will actually be carried out. Understanding how a proposal can structured will be outlined.
  • The process to successful PhD completion – from initial idea, through literature survey, critique of existing literature, through results and evaluation.
  • Documenting your work – the “publish or perish” phrase often used in academia and how this should be considered by PhD students. In the age of social media, how research can be promoted to a wide (and diverse) readership.
  • The importance of peer review and the need for establishing (and nurturing) a research culture.
  • How will your PhD work be used after the examination? Will it be archived in a library or put on a shelf for someone to discover – or could more effective use be made of your work? This aspect of the tutorial will explore commercialization potential, in addition to potential exploitation of the work in other contexts.
Bio of Omer Rana Bio of Mudasser Wyne
Omer Rana is Professor of Performance Engineering in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University (UK). He holds a PhD in Neural Computing & Parallel Architectures from Imperial College (University of London, UK), an MSc in Microelectronics from the University of Southampton (UK) and a BEng in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College (University of London, UK). He has successfully supervised 15 PhD students and participated as external examiner for 95 students (in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand). He has also acted as an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Imperial College, University College London, Bangor University, Brunel University, King’s College (London Univ.) and the Open University – all in the UK. He also currently acts as an external advisor for undergraduate computer science degree schemes to the University of Dammam (Saudi Arabia – now called Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University) and Liverpool University (UK). He has held visiting positions at Argonne National Lab (USA), Oak Ridge National Lab (USA), Syracuse University (US), New University of Lisbon (Portugal), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia), University of Waikato (New Zealand) and the University of New South Wales (Australia). During these visits, he also provided short courses to computer science students related to his area of research in high performance distributed computing and data mining/analysis. He has been involved in organising summer schools (for PhD and early career researchers) at three IEEE/ACM conferences (Cluster Cloud & Grid Computing (CCGrid), Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS), and Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC)). He was also co-organiser for the summer school in 2014 on “autonomic systems for intelligent transport systems”, as part of the EU COST Action – ARTS, particularly aimed at early career researchers. Prof. Rana has published over 300 papers in international peer reviewed conferences and journals, and prior to joining Cardiff University worked as a software developer with London-based Marshall BioTech. Limited, developing instrumentation and data analytics software on a contract-basis (undertaking projects with Astra-Zeneca, Merck, Amersham International, Hybaid and Fisons Applied Sensors Technology). He is a fellow of the UK “Higher Education Academy”. Mudasser Wyne is a Professor at the National University (San Diego, USA), and has been in academics for more than 30 years with 2 years at High Energy Physics institute (Germany), has served in 5 countries and 7 different academic institutes, including National University. He joined in 2008 as Professor of Computer Science and is currently serving as the Chair of Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. He enjoys working on academic related activities hence served as Chair of University Research Council, chair of graduate council Program review and undergraduate program review committees in addition to serving on program assessment committees. He served with ABET for accrediting Computer Science and Information system programs since 2001 and retired as Commissioner for ABET Computing accreditation Commission (CAC) July 2015. He is also actively involved in other numerous professional activities. Served asbChair/co-chair of 14 International Conferences/workshops, Panel chair for 7 International Conferences/workshops and have given 21 invited talks at International Conferences/workshops. In addition, he served on 4 PhD thesis committees, 7 editorial boards for International Journals, and program committees for 200 international conferences with 50+ Publications in peer reviewed international Journals and conferences. In recognition of his hard work he was awarded the 2013 NU Professoriate award, ABET appreciation award 2014 for conducting difficult accreditation visit, and 2 best paper awards. One of the latest accomplishments and honor is the award of prestigious 2015-16 Fulbright William J. Fulbright Scholarship award to Saudi Arabia. Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, and it is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.



Muhammad Yousaf
Experiences of Modern Honeypots and Honeynet


Title Experiences of Modern Honeypots and Honeynet


Bio of Muhammad Yousaf

Dr. Muhammad Yousaf is working as Assistant Professor in Faculty of Computing, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He is Academic Advisor for the graduate program of Information Security at Riphah Institute of Systems Engineering (RISE), Islamabad.

He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering in 2013 from Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE), University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Taxila. His research interests include network security, network forensics, traffic analysis, mobility management, and bandwidth aggregation. His expertise is in the design of the networking protocols and their performance modeling. He has a number of international research publications in IEEE, ACM, Springer, Elsevier conferences and journals. He has also been the founding member of the ISOC Pakistan Islamabad Chapter. He also served as Vice President of the ISOC Pakistan Islamabad Chapter for two and half years. 

Currently, he is leading a research project titled as "Deployment of Collaborative Modern HoneyNet to improve Regional Cybersecurity Landscape (CMoHN)" funded by the APNIC ISIF.ASIA cyber security research grant. Earlier, he worked as Research Team Lead in an R&D project titled as "End-to-End Mobility Management Framework (EMF) for Multi-homed Mobile Devices" funded by National ICT R&D Fund, Ministry of Information Technology, Govt. of Pakistan. He also worked as IPv6 Network Domain Expert in another National ICT R&D Fund project titled as "Design and Development of Hybrid IPv4-IPv6 Network for QoS enabled Video Streaming Multicast Application".  In Riphah, he is leading the Network Security Research Group. He has been teaching the courses of Information Systems Security, Network Security, Mobile Networks, Computer Communications and Networks, Operating Systems, Computer Organization and Architecture, etc. at graduate and undergraduate levels.