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Professor Vijay Varadharajan

Global Innovation Chair in Cybersecurity

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

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Biography

Vijay Varadharajan is Global Innovation Chair Professor in Cyber Security at the University of Newcastle since March 2017. He is also the Director of Advanced Cyber Security Engineering Research Centre (ACSRC) at Newcastle. Previously he was Microsoft Chair Professor in Innovation in Computing at Macquarie University (2001 till March 2017). Before this he was Dean/Head of School of Computing and IT at University of Western Sydney (1996-2000).

Previously, Vijay has headed worldwide Security Research at HP Labs based European Headquarters at Bristol, UK (1988-1995). During his tenure at HP Labs., under his leadership, some 6 different security technologies were transferred into successful HP products in Divisions, generating over billions of dollars. He also headed the Technical Security Strategy Initiative at HP under the Senior Vice President, USA. Before this, he was a Research Manager at British Telecom Research Labs. U.K (1987-88). During 1985-1986, first he was Research Fellow and then Lecturer in Computer Science at Plymouth and Reading Universities. He did his Ph.D in Computer and Communication Security in the U.K (1981-1984) from Plymouth and Exeter Universities in U.K., sponsored by BT Research Labs. He did his Electronic Engineering degree from Sussex University, UK (1978-1981). He was awarded the 1981 Prize of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, IEE, for outstanding performance at Sussex University as well as the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals Award (UK).

Vijay has had several visiting positions at different institutions over the years including Isaac Newton Inst of Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University, UK, Senior Research Scientist at Microsoft Research Cambridge UK, Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences at National University of Singapore, Invited Professor at French National Research Labs (INRIA), Invited Professor at the Indian Inst. of Technology, Research Scientist at Fujitsu Research Labs, Fellow at British Telecom Research Labs., UK, Visiting Professor at eScience Institute, Edinburgh University, Adjunct at Oxford Martin School, Oxford University, UK and Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Vijay has also been a Senior Visiting Fellow with the Australian Academy of Science and the Indian Institute of Science. Recently Vijay has been appointed as Mercator Fellow by the German Research Foundation with the Technical University of Darmstadt (2016-2022).

Vijay was on the Board of International Advisors of TCPA, USA, originally formed by HP, Microsoft, Intel, Sun and Compaq. Now TCPA is known as TCG and TCPA security specification is currently being in products endorsed by numerous companies. Vijay is a founding member of the Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board (Microsoft, USA) (announced by Bill Gates in July 2002) (2002-2014), is a member of the SAP International Security Advisory Board (SAP Corporation, Germany/Germany) (2010-2014) and is a member of SAP Next Business and Technology Board (USA) (2011-2013). He is also a member of the Australian Government's Peak Security Advisory Body, ITSEAG, for the Ministry of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy, Australia (2008-2013). Vijay  is a member of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee on Information and Communication Systems (2014 -- ). In April 2014, Vijay has been appointed to the ICT Advisory Panel in the NSW Government (2014-2015). In May 2015, he has been appointed to the Cyber Security Task Force (CSTF) in India, which has been created upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister of India (2015 -- ). He was a memmber of Strategic Research Priorities Committee (Cyber Security), Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia (2015). Previously he has acted as an Expert in Security for the European Union and for the UK Dept. of Trade and Industry. He has also acted as consultant and architect for several projects in computing, financial and telecom organizations in the UK, US and in Australia. He has been the Technical Board Director of Computer Science at Australian Computer Society (1999-2006), and a member of the Board of Studies NSW Australian Government 2005-2012. Vijay was a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) ARC College of Experts in Engineering, Mathematics and Informatics in 2011 for 3 years.

Vijay has published more than 400 papers in International Journals and Conferences, has co-authored and edited 10 books on Information Technology, Security, Networks and Distributed Systems and have held 3 patents. His research work over the years has contributed to the development of several successful secure commercial systems in the areas of Secure Distributed Applications, Secure Network Systems, Security Tools, Secure Mobile Systems as well as Cryptographic and Smart Card based Systems and secure financial, telecom and medical solutions. His current areas of research interest include Cloud Computing Security, Internet of Things Security, Big Data and Distributed Applications Security, Malware and Security Attacks, Software Security, Trusted Computing, Internet Security, Wireless and Mobile Networks Security, Secure E-Commerce, Security Architectures, Security Policies, Models and Protocols. He has supervised successfully over 34 PhD and 10 Masters Research students in UK and Australia. He was awarded MQ University's Supervisor of the Year in 2003.

He has given over 40 Keynote Speeches at Academic International Conferences, and has given over 200 invited speeches in various acadmic and industrial symposiums and workshops. He has been a program committee member/chaired over 200 international conferences all over the world. He is an Editorial Board member of several journals including the prestigious ACM Transactions on Information System Security (TISSEC) (USA), IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Systems (TDSC), IEEE Transactions in Information Forensics and Security (TIFS), IEEE Transactions in Cloud Computing (TCC) (USA), International Journal of Information Security, Springer (Germany), Computer and Communication Security Reviews (UK) as well as IEEE Security and Privacy. His research work has been supported by industry such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, British Telecom and Fujitsu, as well as government agencies such Australian Research Council (ARC), UK Research Council (EPSRC), Australian Defense (DSD), Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet Australia and European Union (COST, EUREKA, ESPRIT, RACE, INFOSEC EU and 7th Framework).

He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), a Fellow of the IEE, UK (FIEE), a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Applications, UK (FIMA), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Engineers (FIEAust) and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (FACS).Please write your Biography

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Plymouth Polytechnic
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Sussex - UK

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University of Newcastle
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2001 - 1/03/2017 Microsoft Chair Professor Macquarie University
Innovation in Computing
Australia
1/01/1996 - 31/12/2000 Dean/Head of School of Computing and IT University of Western Sydney
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/05/2015 -  Member Cyber Security Task Force (CSTF)
India
1/01/2015 - 31/12/2015 Member Office of the Chief Scientist
Strategic Research Priorities Committee (Cyber Security)
Australia
1/01/2014 -  Member Australian Academy of Science
National Committee on Information and Communication Systems
1/01/2014 - 31/12/2015 Member NSW Government ICT Advisory Panel
Australia
1/01/2011 - 31/12/2013 Member SAP Corporation
SAP Next Business and Technology Board
Germany
1/01/2011 - 31/12/2013 Member ARC (Australian Research Council)
Australia
1/01/2010 - 31/12/2014 Member SAP Corporation
SAP International Security Advisory Board
Germany
1/01/2008 - 31/12/2013 Member Ministry of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy
Australian Government's Peak Security Advisory Body, ITSEAG
Australia
1/01/2005 - 31/12/2012 Member NSW Board of Studies
Australia
1/01/2002 - 31/12/2014 Founding member Microsoft Corporation
Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board
United States

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2017 -  Director Advanced Cyber Security Engineering Research Centre (ACSRC)
Australia
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $577,597

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20176 grants / $577,597

Cloud Security: Techniques for Securing Cloud Data and Services$249,690

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Vijay Varadharajan
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700620
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Advanced Authorisation Infrastructures for Distributed Autonomic Systems$133,620

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Group

Funding body Defence Science and Technology Group
Project Team Professor Vijay Varadharajan, Dr Anton Uzunov
Scheme Research Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1700915
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Policy Driven Secure End to End Services in Distributed Software Defined Networks based Autonomous Systems$99,607

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Group

Funding body Defence Science and Technology Group
Project Team Professor Vijay Varadharajan
Scheme Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (CERA) Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700594
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Security and Trust in IoT Infrastructures$55,644

Funding body: CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Funding body CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Project Team Professor Vijay Varadharajan
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701323
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Security and Trust in Peer to Peer Computing Services$34,036

Funding body: Microsoft Australia

Funding body Microsoft Australia
Project Team Professor Vijay Varadharajan
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701022
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Health technology evaluation$5,000

Funding body: CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Funding body CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Project Team Professor John Attia, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Professor Vijay Varadharajan, Dr Craig Dalton, Conjoint Associate Professor Andrew Searles, Ms Jane Gray
Scheme ON Prime
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701038
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.8

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Software Defined Network Security PhD (Computer Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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News

PHD Scholarship - Advanced Authorization Infrastructures for Distributed Autonomic Systems

August 28, 2017

A PhD scholarship opportunity is available for a student to study the advanced authorisation infrastructures for distributed autonomic systems under the supervision of  Professor Vijay Varadharajan.

Professor Vijay Varadharajan

Position

Global Innovation Chair in Cybersecurity
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

Email vijay.varadharajan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8687
Mobile 0417023089

Office

Room EAG03d
Building Engineering A Building
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