Soufiene Djahel


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    - UAVs as a service for supporting safety critical and non-critical services in Smart Cities.
    - Digital Twins for CAVs
    - Transport electrification
    - B5G and 6G for CAVs
    - AI-based threats prevention and mitigation for securing Smart Cities critical infrastructure.

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    Research Interests

    Wireless Networks

    Cyber Security

    • Lightweight and Adaptive security solutions for resource-constrained devices (e.g., wearables)
    • Secure access control in e-healthcare systems
    • Security and privacy issues in IoT systems
    • AI-enabled critical infrastructure protection – e.g., smart grid and transport network (threats detection and mitigation).

    Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

    Smart Cities 


    Soufiene Djahel holds a Ph.D. degree (2010) from USTL (FR), a Magister degree (2007 - Distinction) from UAMB (DZ) and a State Engineering degree (2004 - Distinction | Best Engineer in the Faculty of Engineering) from UBMA (DZ). He is a Professor in the Centre for Future Transport and Cities (CFTC) at Coventry University (UK). His previous appointments include Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security then Reader in Connected and Autonomous Systems at the Universiy of Huddersfield (UK), Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), and Engineering Research Manager at University College Dublin (IE).  His research interests include the design and evaluation of communication, planning, optimization and security algorithms and techniques to unlock the potential of emerging wireless connected and autonomous systems, such as CAVs and UAVs, in enabling smarter, safer, and more sustainable cities. His research aims to drive the innovation in the future mobility and other critical services in smart cities with a focus on enhancing the efficiency, sustainability and resilience to cyber threats. His research was supported by the Newton Fund, JSPS, EPSRC DTP, and the Transport Systems Catapult. He is the recipient of the FY2021 JSPS Invitational Fellowship for Research in Japan award from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    Education, Postgraduate Certificate, PGCERT Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Manchester Metropolitan University

    Award Date: 3 Jul 2017

    Computer Science, Doctorate, Secure Routing and Medium Access protocols in Wireless Multi-hop networks, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille

    Award Date: 3 Dec 2010

    Computer Science, MSc, Networking and Distributed Systems, Université Abderrahmane Mira

    Award Date: 2 Feb 2007

    Computer Science, MEng, Computer Science for Industry, Universite Badji Mokhtar

    Award Date: 1 Jun 2004

    External positions

    Invited JSPS fellow, The University of Electro-Communications

    Jul 2022Aug 2022

    External Examiner for BEng/MEng Computer Systems Engineering programme, Middlesex University

    May 2021Sept 2025

    Visiting Associate Professor, University College Dublin

    Dec 2020Nov 2025

    Visiting researcher, BTIIC (BT Ireland Innovation Centre) at Ulster University

    Aug 2019

    Business Fellow, Transport Systems Catapult

    Jan 2019Dec 2019

    Invited Associate Professor, Research Institute of Computer Science and Random Systems

    Jul 2018Aug 2018


    • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    • QA76 Computer software


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