Team Members

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Dr. Mohamed Khamis

Reader/Associate Professor and Team Lead

Postdocs and Research Assistants

Tania Wallis

Research Assistant

Tania is researching the changing patterns of interaction with cyber-physical systems, such as increasing use of remote access to operational technology environments; and is investigating effective collaborations towards improving cybersecurity capability across critical infrastructure.
Keywords: Cyber-Physical Systems, Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructures

Dr. Md Shafiqul Islam

Post Doctoral Research Associate
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Shafiqul is developing interfaces to prevent thermal images attacks using computer vision techniques. He completed his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering with research interests in signal and image processing, machine and deep learning. His PhD dissertation is about applying advanced machine learning techniques for diabetes management and prediction. He developed a machine learning framework that can predict whether a subject will develop diabetes within the next 7-8 years or not. During his MS studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering, he worked on artifact removal from EEG signals for ambulatory epileptic seizure prediction applications. Both of his works have been published in IEEE sensor and biomedical signal processing journals.
Keywords: computer vision, machine learning, EEG

Dr. Pejman Saeghe

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Pejman Saeghe is an early career Research Associate in Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. His current research focuses on augmented, virtual, and extended reality (XR) privacy/security, and safety in social virtual environments. He has a background in immersive XR multimedia as part of his PhD at the University of Manchester in collaboration with the British Broadcasting Corporation Research and Development (BBC R&D). His publications can be found on his webpage above.
Keywords: virtual reality, augmented reality

Shaun Macdonald

Research Associate
page: Google Scholar

Shaun Macdonald is an early-career Research Associate in Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Their current role is analysing and disseminating research performed during the PT.Heat project, investigating thermal attacks on input modalities using thermal cameras and possible detection and protection strategies. Their background as a PhD was in calming and evocative affective haptic stimuli and their applicability as an intervention for social anxiety. In addition their research interests also include emotional encounters with social and zoomorphic robots and how this can be investigated via XR.
Keywords: HCI, Thermal Imaging, Usable Security, Affective Haptics, Social Robots

PhD Students

Florian Mathis, M.Sc.

PhD student, started Oct 2019

The objective of Florian’s PhD is to research the suitability of Virtual Reality (VR) as a test bed for usability and security evaluations.
Keywords: HCI, Virtual Reality, Usable Security

Yasmeen Abdrabou, M.Sc.

PhD student, started Oct 2019

My research combines HCI and usable security. In particular, I focus on the use of eye gaze to enhance security mechanisms, including and not limited to gaze behavior in security-related situations and personal identification.
Keywords: HCI, Eye Tracking, Usable Security

Norah Alotaibi, M.Sc.

PhD Student, started Jan 2020
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Thermal cameras can be utilized inconspicuously to expose heat traces left on input interfaces, posing a rising threat of a new front for side channel attacks. My research project aims to significantly contribute to and build on previous studies by investigating deep learning models that can improve the accuracy of thermal attacks and testing them in real-world scenarios in an attempt to understand the impact of thermal attacks on user privacy and security. This project will also contribute to the development of mechanisms to counter thermal attacks
Keywords: Thermal Imaging, Machine Learning, Security

Habiba Farzand, M.Sc.

PhD Student, started Jan 2021

My research is inspired by the convergence of Security & Privacy and Humans. I specifically focus on understanding and mitigating shoulder surfing – a privacy invasion found all around us.
Keywords: Shoulder Surfing, Usable Security, HCI

Robin Bretin

PhD Student in the SOCIAL CDT programme, started Oct 2020
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Robin’s doctoral project focuses on the study of human behaviour around Social drones in immersive virtual reality (VR). He aims to address three questions Humans - How do they behave around drones ? Drones - How to make them social ? And Virtual Reality - What are the limits and capabilities of using VR as an approach for researching Human-Drone Interaction?
Keywords: Human-Drone Interaction, Social Drones, Human-Robot Interaction

Melvin Abraham.

PhD student, started July 2021
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Melvin’s research is based on identifying and communicating security & privacy risks to a user within mixed reality. Looking specifically at how mixed reality can be leveraged, to communicate effectively when a users data is being collected or if a security risk is present.
Keywords: Privacy, Virtual Reality, Usable Security

Joseph O’Hagan

PhD student (secondary supervisor), started Oct 2018.
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Keywords: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality,

Cristina Fiani

PhD Student in the SOCIAL CDT programme, started Oct 2021

Cristina’s research focuses on children and adolescents’ privacy and emotional safety with virtual reality (VR). One of the aims is to create a framework for parents to protect them and moderate the social VR experience without neglecting children and adolescents’ expression and self-development.
Keywords: Virtual Reality, HCI, children and adolescents’ privacy

Noora AlSakar

PhD Student, started Oct 2021

Recent advances in mobile devices led them to seamlessly support eye tracking. This brings a lot of advantages to interaction. However, eye movements also reveal sensitive attributes about the user. My research aims to investigate the privacy risks of eye tracking on handheld mobile devices and design protective measures using AR based solutions.
Keywords: Privacy, Human centered security, Augmented reality.

Omar Namnakani

PhD Student, started Jan 2022
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My research focuses on the usability of the current gaze interaction techniques for the mobile contexts and scenarios. Particularly, I’m interested in exploring the concept of UI design to enhance eye gaze interaction on mobile devices.
Keywords: Gaze Interaction, Mobile Devices, Eye Tracking, User Interfaces, Gaze Input, Usability

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Visitors and Affiliates


Mark Turner, Summer 2022

Master and Bachelor/Honors Students

Marija Mumm, MSci, 2020/2021

Quentin Deligny, MSci, 2020/2021

Aiden Rafferty, Honours, 2020/2021

Calum Firth, Honours, 2020/2021

Asad Mahmood, Honours, 2020/2021

Stewart Brown, Honours, 2020/2021

Former Members and Past Visitors

Kelsey Collington

Research Assistant on NCSC project. Now PhD student at UofG.

Dr. Martin Schmitz

Role: Affiliate - Postdoc at the Technical University of Darmstadt

Maximillian Häring

Role: Visiting researcher - PhD student

Eva Gerlitz

Role: Visiting researcher - PhD student

Alina Stöver, M.Sc.

Role: Visiting researcher - PhD student in Psychology at the Technical University of Darmstadt

Dr. Karola Marky

Role: Post Doctoral Research Associate

Now: Assistant Professor at University of Hanover

Academic Collaborations

University of Edinburgh, UK

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany

Waseda University, Japan

German University in Cairo, Egypt

University of Palermo, Italy

Tampere University, Finland

Keio University, Japan

University of Oulu, Finland

University of Bayreuth, Germany

University of Stuttgart, Germany

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Technical University of Berlin, Germany

Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Hamm-Lippstadt Univeristy of Applied Science, Germany

University of Primorska, Slovenia

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

KU Leuven, Belgium

University of Vaasa, Finland

Qatar University, Qatar

University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen, Switzerland

Aarhus University, Denmark

Technical Univeristy of Vienna, Austria

École nationale de l’aviation civile (ENAC), France

Lancaster University, UK

Kore University of Enna, Italy

Former interns


Florian Mathis, Summer 2019

Nicolae Marton, Summer 2019

Paul Bekaert, Summer 2021

Jolie Bonner, Summer 2021

Morgan Bierey, Summer 2021

Mark Turner, Summer 2022