Ali Babar

Professor Ali Babar

Professor

School of Computer Science

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


M. Ali Babar a Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide.

During the more than 18 years of my research career, I have individually and as a team lead carried out World leading research on many topics that are considered vital for industrial software intensive systems and services. For the last 5 years, my team and I have started mainly focusing on developing approaches and tools for engineering Secure Software Systems and Services for/with emerging technologies such as Cloud Computing, Edge Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data. Technologically our research falls at the intersection of Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence (ML/NLP), and Cyber Security; methodologically we use empirical research methods, both qualitative and quantitative. 

Traditionally, I have carried out research in Software Systems Engineering, an area that is being increasingly considered critical to Cyber Security. The results of my research have been published in more than 220 peer-reviewed scientific papers that have attracted 8400 citations with h-index 46 according to Google scholar, 10 March 2020. This level of citations is among the leading Software Engineering researchers in Aus/NZ. Along with my collaborators, I led the authoring of a paper that was awarded the most influential paper for Australasian Software Engineering Conference in 2014 and several of my co-authored papers have received the best paper award at different international conferences. I have built and led high performing R&D teams that have successfully carried out high quality research, mostly in close collaboration with industry.

I led the University of Adelaide’s participation, involving 16 researchers from 6 schools, in a successful bid for setting up a Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC), whose estimated budget is around A$140 Millions over 7 years with A$50 Millions provided by the Australia government. I was one of the key players who led the development of the business case for establishing the CSCRC consisting of two programs (i.e., Security of Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Security as a Service). I leads the theme on Platform and Architecture for Cyber Security as a Service.

Our research is being carried out and evaluated in close collaboration with industry/government partners such as DSTActewAGL, TSS, ATO, Jemena, Cisco, DST Group, Health SA and Defence SA. We also have active engagements with the emerging Australian Cyber Security ecosystem’s key players such as AustCyber, Data61, DST Group, Oceania Cyber Security Centre, and Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (AC3).

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2013 Professor University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2013 Reader (Software Engineering) Lancaster University, Lancaster
    2009 Associate Professor IT University of Copenhagen
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2003 - 2007 University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia PhD
    1998 - 1999 University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney Australia MSc Computing
  • Research Interests

  • DSTG/Maritime Division – Secure, Scalable and Energy Efficient Hybrid Clouds, Ali Babar, M., A$481, 396, Nov 2019 – Oct 2020.
  • Cyber Security CRC – Architectural Support for Security as a Service, Ali Babar, M., A$540, 000, Jul 2019 – Jun 2022.
  • Cyber Security CRC – Architectural Support for Security Orchestration, Ali Babar, M., A$540, 000, Aug 2019 – Jul 2022.
  • Cyber Security CRC – A Set of Tools for Security Automation, Ali Babar, M., & Guo, M., A$195, 000, November 2018 - October 2019.
  • Cyber Security CRC – DevSecOps for Intra-Organisational Software Development Teams, Ali Babar, M., Zahedi, M., A$156, 000, May 2019 – Apr 2022.
  • Cyber Security CRC – Automated Security Configuration & Compliance in Virtualized Environments, Ali Babar, M., A$156, 000, May 2019 – April 2022.
  • Cyber Security CRC – Software Vulnerability Prediction as Service, Ali Babar, M., Liu, L., Zahedi, M., A$156, 000, Aug 2019 – Jul 2022.
  • Cyber Security CRC – Machine Learning for Security Configuration, Ali Babar, M., Shen, H., A$156, 000, Aug 2019 – Jul 2022.
  • Cyber Security CRC – Deep Extraction for Cybersecurity Relation, Ali Babar, M., A$111, 000, Oct 2019 – Sep 2022.
  • DSTG/Maritime Division – Energy Efficient Networks for Combat Systems, Ali Babar, M., A$132, 349, Jan 2019 – Jun 2019.
  • DSTG/WCSD – Research Program in Tactical Information Resilience (RePTIR) - Intelligent Information Technologies for Secure Distributed Autonomous Systems, Ali Babar, M., Lim, C., A$540, 000 (A$209,000 – 2019-2020 awarded, A$331, 000 – 2020-2022 agreed).
  • DSTG/WCSD – Research Program in Tactical Information Resilience (RePTIR) –Blockchain technologies for supporting Information Assurance in Distributed Tactical Systems, Ali Babar, M., A$560, 000, 2017-2020.
  • DSTG/Maritime Division – Secure and Scalable Private Cloud Research for Combat Systems, Ali Babar, M., A$ 680, 000, April 2017 – March 2019.
  • DSTG/WCSD – Research Program in Tactical Information Resilience (RePTIR), Ali Babar, M., A$371, 472, September 2017 - August 2019.
  • DSTG-NGTF/Data61 - Trustworthy Software Systems (Software Architectural Resilience) in Fog and Cloudlet Architectures, Ali Babar, M., A$75, 000, Apr 2018 – Dec 2018.
  • DSTG/SRI – Design for Data Farming Infrastructure, Ali Babar, M., A$60, 000, Mar 2018 – May 2018.
  • LIEF/ARC, (Co-PI with Sheng, M., Bouguettaya, A., Loke, S., Li, X., Liang, W., Benatallah, Yang, J., Zomaya, A., Wang, Y., Zhou, W., Yao, L., Taylor, K., Bergmann, N.), A Large-Scale Distributed Experimental Facility for the Internet of Things, $348,026, 2018.
  • DSTG-NGTF/Data61 - Trustworthy Software Systems (Software Architectural Resilience) in Fog and Cloudlet Architectures, Ali Babar, M., A$80, 052, Mar 2017 – June 2017.
  • DSTG/CERA - Swarm Intelligence and Genetic Fuzzy Trees for Threat Avoidance and Target Allocation, Lim, C., Shi, P., Chew, H., Ali Babar, M., A$ 99, 882, April 2017 – March 2018.
  • DSTG/CERA - Swarm Intelligence and Multi-Mission Coordination in Urban Areas, Lim, C., Shi, P., Chew, H., Ali Babar, M., A$99, 882, April 2017 – March 2018.
  • CSIRO/Data61 – Collaborative Research Project: Science of Cyber Security and Engineering Secure Systems, Ali Babar, M., A$719, 320, July 2016 – June 2019 (The PhD scholarships to be awarded based on Data61 competitive process).
  • Green Project Fund, University of Adelaide, Ecoversity Dashboard Extension, Ali Babar, M., A$9, 000, 2017-2017.
  • DSTG/Maritime Division - Computing Infrastructure Performance and Interoperability Research Cloud, Ali Babar, M., A$150, 000, May 2016 – April 2017.
  • DSTG/WCSD, Layered Approaches to Secure Systems with Fog and the Internet of Things (IoT), Ali Babar, M., A$29, 981, April – May 2016.
  • Ecoversity Program University of Adelaide – Green Project Fund, Smart Waste Management Gamification, Ali Babar, M., A$20, 000, April - December 2016.
  • DSTO/Maritime Division – Computing Infrastructure Performance and Interoperability Research ­ Cloud, Ali Babar, M., A$219, 699, July 2015 – April 2016, Contract Research.
  • D2D CRC – Reference Architecture for Defence Big Data Systems, Ali Babar, M., A$32,291, October 2015 – March 2016.
  • NICTA/SSEG – Architecting for Continuous Integration and Deployment, Ali Babar, M., A$104, 007 (over three years, A$34, 699 renewable annually), April 2015 – March 2018. 
  • DSTO/Maritime Division – Investigation into the Use of OpenStack for Submarine Mission Systems, Ali Babar, M., A$176, 400 – November 2014 – July 2015.

Following are the teaching responsibilities (Course design and delivery)

Software Architecture - Semester 2, 2017 (Graduate/Undergraduate)

Software Engineering Workshop I - Semester 1, 2017  (Undergraduate)

Software Engineering Project B - MSE - Semester 2, 2016 (Graduate)

Software Engineering Project A - MSE - Semester 1, 2016 (Graduate)

Software Engineering Project B - MSE - Semester 2, 2015 (Graduate)

Software Engineering Project A - MSE - Semester 1, 2015 (Graduate)

Engineering Software as a Service - Semester 1, 2015 (Undergraduate)

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Principal Supervisor Developing and evaluating a data fusion framework and tools for supporting Cyber Common Operating Picture (CCOP) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Roland Lloyd Croft
    2020 Principal Supervisor Open Source Software Security Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yongzheng Xie
    2020 Principal Supervisor AI-Enabled Platform for Validation and Fusions of Security Threat Data Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Liuyue Jiang
    2019 Principal Supervisor Human-AI Collaboration for Securing Organizational Systems: A Case of Software Security Patch Managment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Nesara Madugoda S. Dissanayakege
    2019 Co-Supervisor Secure Message Transmission in Vehicular Ad-hoc Network Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Orvila Sarker
    2019 Principal Supervisor DevSecOps Through Shared Mental Models in Intra-Organization Software Development Teams Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Roshan Namal Rajapakse
    2019 Principal Supervisor Automation Platform for Clouds (containers) Security Configuration and Compliance across a Cloud-based Lifecycle Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mubin Ul Haque
    2019 Principal Supervisor Using Machine Learning and Deep Learning Based Approach for Security Automation, Orchestration and Response Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Zarrin Tasnim Sworna
    2019 Principal Supervisor Developing a Framework of Secure Microservice Architecture in Cyber Physical Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yasir Abdullah J Althobaiti
    2018 Principal Supervisor Building a Predictive Maintenance Framework for Adaptive Mission Critical Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Triet Huynh Minh Le
    2018 Principal Supervisor Intelligent Security Mechanisms for Cyber-Purging Architecting Using Fog Computing Paradyms Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Bushra Sabir
    2016 Principal Supervisor Risk Analysis and Management for Cloud Environment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Bakheet Hamdan M Aljedaani
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor A Reference Architecture and a Software Platform for Engineering Internet of Things Search Engines Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nguyen Khoi Tran
    2017 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Architecture-Centric Support for Security Orchestration and Automation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Chadni Islam
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Cloud Service Discovery and Analysis: A Unified Framework Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Abdullah Masod O Alfazi
    2016 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Towards Quality-centric Design and Evaluation of Big Data Cyber Security Analytics Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Faheem Ullah
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor An Empirical Study of Architecting and Organizing for DevOps Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mojtaba Shahin
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83134478
  • Email: ali.babar@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4366
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 4
  • Room: 4 54
  • Org Unit: School of Computer Science

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