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Syed Taha Ali
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS)
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
NUST Campus H-12, Islamabad
Tel: -
Email: taha.ali@seecs.edu.pk
Web: https://agrammaton.wordpress.com/

Specialization:
computer networks, network security, Internet-of-Things, digital currencies, secure elections

Education:
PhD. - Electrical Engineering - University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia - Australia - 2012

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Adversarial attacks on Intrusion Detection Systems:

New adversarial attacks on intrusion detection systems


Project Level: PG
Project Type: Thesis Knowledge Area: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2022
Status: Active
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Muhammad Imran Abeel [EE] Arshad Nazir [EE]
Students
Ayisha Naeem [MSEE-2K20]

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Defeating Traffic Classification Tools using GANs:

Defeating Traffic Classification Tools using GANs


Project Level: PG
Project Type: Thesis Knowledge Area: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2021
Status: Active
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Arshad Nazir [EE] Wajahat Hussain [EE]
Students
Madeeha Minhas [MSCS-2K20]

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Intelligent Bots using GANs:

Intelligent Bots using GANs


Project Level: PG
Project Type: Thesis Knowledge Area: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2021
Status: Active
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Arshad Nazir [EE] Wajahat Hussain [EE]
Students
Rimsha Chauhdary [MSEE-2K20]

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Securing IoT devices with In-hop encryption:

This project secures IoT devices.


Project Level: PG
Project Type: Thesis Knowledge Area: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2021
Status: Active
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Wajahat Hussain [EE] Muhammad Imran Abeel [EE]
Students
Arslan Riaz [MSIS-11]

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Collaborative Work in Augmented Reality:

This project aims to ensure collaborative work in augmented reality.


Project Level: PG
Project Type: Thesis Knowledge Area: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2021
Status: Active
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Wajahat Hussain [EE] Muhammad Imran Abeel [EE]
Students
MUHAMMAD ARSLAN NIAZ [MSCS-9]

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Investigating Mempool Optimizations for Ethereum:

This project investigates mempool optimizations for cryptocurrencies, e.g. Ethereum


Project Level: PG
Project Type: Thesis Knowledge Area: Information Management
Year: 2020
Status: Active
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Wajahat Hussain [EE] Muhammad Imran Abeel [EE]
Students
Syeda Roushan Arshid [MSCS-8]

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Smart Contracts for International Freight:

Smart Contracts for International Freight


Project Level: PG
Project Type: Thesis Knowledge Area: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2020
Status: Active
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Muhammad Imran Abeel [EE] Arsalan Ahmad [DoC] Wajahat Hussain [EE]
Students
FARWA WAQAR [MSIT-19]

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Autoscaling and resource placement in containerized based NFV:

This thesis invesigates autoscaling and resource placement in containerized based NFV.


Project Level: PG
Project Type: Thesis Knowledge Area: Telecommunications
Year: 2020
Status: Completed
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Muhammad Imran Abeel [EE] Arsalan Ahmad [DoC] Wajahat Hussain [EE]
Students
ABDUL BASIT ALVI [MSEE-8]

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Advisor
Muhammad Khuram Shahzad [DoC]
Committee Members
Syed Taha Ali [EE] Farhan Khan [DoC] Muazzam A Khan Khattak [DoC]
Students
SOHAIB HANIF [MSIT-19]

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Intelligent Multimedia Protocol Tunnelling:

This project develops solutions to evade multimedia protocol detection.


Project Level: PG
Project Type: Thesis Knowledge Area: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2019
Status: Active
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Arsalan Ahmad [DoC] Wajahat Hussain [EE] Muhammad Imran Abeel [EE]
Students
HASSAN ROSHAN AWAN [MSEE-9]

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Intelligent traffic shaping to evade censorship:

This project develops new techniques to evade machine learning firewall tools.


Project Level: PG
Project Type: Thesis Knowledge Area: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2019
Status: Active
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Arsalan Ahmad [DoC] Wajahat Hussain [EE] Muhammad Imran Abeel [EE]
Students
MUHAMMAD HAMAS RIZWAN [MSEE-9]

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Actualizing fast lanes using SDN and Smart Contracts:

In this project we design fast lanes using SDN and smart contracts to enable trust.


Project Level: PG
Project Type: Thesis Knowledge Area: Networking and Communications
Year: 2019
Status: Completed
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Muhammad Imran Abeel [EE] Wajahat Hussain [EE] Arsalan Ahmad [DoC]
Students
MUHAMMAD MUNEEM SHABIR [MSEE-8]

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Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Ammar Hasan [EE] Iftikhar Ahmad Rana [EE] Muhammad Latif Anjum [EE]
Students
ASAD ULLAH CHUGHTAI [MSEE-8]

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Scalable and efficient certificate revocation systems:

This project looks at building scalable and efficient certificate revocation systems using blockchain technology.


Project Level: PG
Project Type: Thesis Knowledge Area: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2018
Status: Active
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Committee Members
Haleemah Zia [DoC] Arsalan Ahmed [DoC] Fahd Ahmed Khan [EE]
Students
KIRAN SHAKIR [MSIT-17]

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Online Auction Service for Properties:

An online portal to run auctions for properties


Project Level: UG
Project Type: FYP
KnowledgeArea: Information Management
Year: 2021
Status: Active
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Arshad Nazir [EE]
Students
Syed Mehdi Raza Bukhari [BSCS-8]


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A Blockchain-based Voting System:

This project will investigate the application of blockchain in electronic and online voting paradigms.


Project Level: UG
Project Type: FYP
KnowledgeArea: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2020
Status: Completed
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Hassaan Khaliq Qureshi [EE]
Students
Muhammad Zaid Mughal [BEEE-9] Faizan Ahmad [BEEE-9]


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A Blockchain-based Secure Metering System:

This project builds a transactive energy system for users to trade renewable energy.


Project Level: UG
Project Type: FYP
KnowledgeArea: Networking and Communications
Year: 2020
Status: Completed
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Fahad Javed [DoC]
Students
Sana Shakeel [BEEE-9] Hannah Nadeem [BEEE-9]


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Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Wajahat Hussain [EE]
Students
Muhammad Shahzaib Waseem [BSCS-6] Muhammad Shafay Ijaz [BSCS-6] Tarmah Bin Iqbal [BSCS-6]


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Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Osman Hasan [EE]
Students
Muhammad Fahad Baig [BEEE-8] Haider Tariq [BEEE-8] Safi Majid [BEEE-8]


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Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Muhammad Imran Abeel [EE]
Students
Usama Khalid Khan [BSCS-5] Awais Waheed [BSCS-5] Muhammad Suchal Riaz [BSCS-5] Muhammad Ammad Malik [BSCS-5]


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Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Muhammad Imran Abeel [EE]
Students
Maryam Hasnain [BESE-6] Maryam Adnan [BESE-6] Sharif Ahmad [BESE-6]


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Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Haleemah Zia [DoC]
Students


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Analysis of vulnerabilities in home networks:

This project uses port scanning and network analysis techniques to detect and mitigate vulnerabilities in home networks.


Project Level: UG
Project Type: FYP
KnowledgeArea: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2018
Status: Completed
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Arsalan Ahmad [DoC]
Students
Talha Javed Mukhtar [BSCS-5] Muhammad Karshasup Khan [BSCS-5]


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Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Wajahat Hussain [EE]
Students
Syed Ajwad-Ud-Din [BSCS-5] Maheen Jamil [BSCS-5] Nabeel Hussain Syed [BSCS-5]


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Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Hassan Aqeel Khan [EE]
Students
Abdul Manan Ali [BSCS-5] Hashim Ikram [BSCS-5] Saad Obaid Ul Islam [BSCS-5]


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Secure Analytics Using Blockchain:

This project develops Android apps for secure analytics conducted using blockchain-based platforms.


Project Level: UG
Project Type: FYP
KnowledgeArea: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2018
Status: Completed
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Haleemah Zia [DoC]
Students
Adil Ahmad [BSCS-5] Sarum Younas [BSCS-5] Osama Nadeem [BSCS-5]


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Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Haleemah Zia [DoC]
Students
Usama Zafar [BSCS-3]


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Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Haleemah Zia [DoC]
Students
Shah Nawaz Khan [BSCS-4]


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Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Haleemah Zia [DoC]
Students
Huzaifa Mahmood Bajwa [BESE-5] Muhammad Mubashir Nazir [BESE-5] Ramsha Tariq [BESE-5]


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End-to-end encryption of Video Feed for IoT Devices:

This project aims to secure the Internet of Things by encrypting IoT data at the first hop.


Project Level: UG
Project Type: FYP
KnowledgeArea: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2016
Status: Completed
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Ubaid Ur Rehman [DoC]
Students
Syeda Maria Hussain [BSCS-3]


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E2E Verifiable Elections:

This project will look at designing and demo-ing an E2E verifiable voting system.


Project Level: UG
Project Type: FYP
KnowledgeArea: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2016
Status: Completed
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Ubaid Ur Rehman [DoC]
Students
Maryam Attiq [BSCS-3] Muhammad Umar [BSCS-3]


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Novel C&C options for Botnets:

This project will explore novel C&C communication options for next generation botnets.


Project Level: UG
Project Type: FYP
KnowledgeArea: Information Assurance and Security
Year: 2016
Status: Completed
Advisor
Syed Taha Ali [EE]
Co-Advisor
Ubaid Ur Rehman [DoC]
Students
Omar Ahsan [BESE-4] Muhammad Shehzad [BESE-4] Muhammad Junaid [BESE-4]


Research Experience

Research Projects Officer , Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

October 2011 - July 2012

Details: I worked on a project to ‘green’ residential WiFi networks. Typical home WiFi access point (AP) power usage can be reduced by as much as 40% if the radio is turned off during idle periods, leading to massive savings on a larger scale. We developed algorithms to strategically adjust the mode and transmit power of WiFi APs in response to user traffic. We showcased a working demo in June, 2012.
Postdoctoral Researcher , University of New South Wales

August 2012 - February 2013

Details: I researched security solutions for software-defined networks and body area networks.
Research Associate, Dept. of Computing Science , Newcastle University

March 2014 - February 2016

Details: I worked on multiple projects including end-to-end verifiable election systems, Bitcoin technology, and botnet command-&-control infrastructures.
Journal

(1.) S. T. Ali , M. Siddiqi, V. Sivaraman , "Secure Opportunistic Contextual Logging for Wearable Healthcare Sensing Devices", IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, Vol. 18 , No. 2, Apr, 2021. IF: 6.404
(2.) S. T. Ali , M. Siddiqi, V. Sivaraman , "Forensic Verification of Health Data from Wearable Devices using Anonymous Witnesses", IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Vol. preprint , No. preprint, Mar, 2020. IF: 9.515
(3.) Syed Taha Ali , Patrick McCorry, Peter Hyun-Jeen Lee, Feng Hao , "ZombieCoin 2.0: managing next-generation botnets using Bitcoin", International Journal of Information Security, Vol. , No. , PP. , Jan, 2017. IF: 1.915
(4.) Syed Taha Ali , Vijay Sivaraman, Sanjay Jha, Adam Radford , "A Survey of Securing Networks using Software Defined Networking", Transactions on Reliability, Vol. 64 , No. 3, PP. 1086, Oct, 2015. IF: 1.934
(5.) Syed Taha Ali , Vijay Sivaraman, John Matthews, Craig Russell, Syed Taha Ali, Arun Vishwanath , "Greening Residential Wi-Fi Networks under Centralized Control", Transactions on Mobile Computing, Vol. 14 , No. 3, PP. 552, Jan, 2015. IF: 2.543
(6.) Syed Taha Ali , Vijay Sivaraman, Diethelm Ostry, Gene Tsudik, Sanjay Jha , "Securing First-Hop Data Provenance for Bodyworn Devices Using Wireless Link Fingerprints", Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 9 , No. 12, PP. 2193, Jan, 2014. IF: 2.408
(7.) Syed Taha Ali , Vijay Sivaraman, Diethelm Ostry , "Eliminating Reconciliation Cost in Secret Key Generation for Body-Worn Health Monitoring Devices", Transactions on Mobile Computing, Vol. 13 , No. 12, PP. 2763, Jan, 2014. IF: 2.543
(8.) Syed Taha Ali , Vijay Sivaraman, Diethelm Ostry , "Authentication of lossy data in body-sensor networks for cloud-based healthcare monitoring", Future Generation Computer Systems, Vol. 35 , No. , PP. 80, Jan, 2014. IF: 2.786
(9.) Syed Taha Ali , Vijay Sivaraman, Diethelm Ostry , "Secure key loss recovery for network broadcast in single-hop wireless sensor networks", Ad hoc Networks, Vol. 8 , No. 6, PP. 668, Jan, 2010. IF: 1.53

Conference

(1.) Syed Taha Ali , Muhammad Siddiqi, Vijay Sivaraman , "Secure lightweight context-driven data logging for bodyworn sensing devices", Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Digital Forensic and Security (ISDFS), Jan, 2017, , Pakistan.
(2.) Syed Taha Ali , Patrick McCorry, Dylan Clarke , "Bitcoin: Perils of a P2P Decentalized Cryptocurrency", Proceedings of the Security Protocols Workshop, Jan, 2015, Cambridge , United Kingdom.
(3.) Syed Taha Ali , Patrick McCorry, Peter Hyun-Jeen Lee, Feng Hao , "ZombieCoin: Powering Next-Generation Botnets with Bitcoin", Proceedings of the Bitcoin Workshop, Financial Cryptography & Data Security, Jan, 2015, , Barbados.
(4.) Syed Taha Ali , Vijay Sivaraman, Diethelm Ostry , "Zero Reconciliation Secret Key Generation for Mobile Bodyworn Health Monitoring Devices", Proceedings of the WiSec (Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks), Jan, 2012, , United States.
(5.) Syed Taha Ali , Vijay Sivaraman, Diethelm Ostry , "Authentication of Lossy Data in Body Sensor Networks", Proceedings of the SECON (International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking), Jan, 2012, , South Korea.

Book/Chapter

(1.) [Chapter] Syed Taha Ali , Judy Murray , "Real-World Electronic Voting: Design, Analysis and Deployment /An Overview of End-to-end Verifiable Voting Systems", Saunders Saunders, ISBSN , Jan 2016.

(1.) [Book] H. B. Haq, S. T. Ali , "Building and Islamic Case for Open Markets/Navigating the Cryptocurrency Landscape", Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue, Islam and Liberty Network , ISBSN 978-969-7576-78-4,Apr, 2019.

Assistant Manager, Engineering Dept. , WorldCALL Broadband
January 2003 - July 2005