Dr Abdulaleem (Aleem) Al-Othmani

Job: Senior Lecturer in Computer Science (TNE)

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: N/A

E: abdulaleem@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr Abdulaleem Al-Othmani is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science (TNE) at De Montfort University. He is the programme manager for all APU/DMU dual award computing programmes.

Dr. Aleem received his BSc. degree in Computer Engineering from University of Baghdad, Iraq, in 2002; and his Master in Computer Science (Information Security) and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 2010 and 2016 respectively.

Before joining De Montfort University in March 2021, he was a Senior Lecturer in Cybersecurity and Software Engineering, and the Programme Coordinator for PhD and Master of IT at University Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), and he also held a Lecturer position at Asia Pacific University (APU) in Malaysia.

His research interests include steganography, digital watermarking, data leak prevention, machine learning in cyber security, and speech signal processing. His recent externally funded project aims to develop a comprehensive framework for data leak prevention in Malaysian higher educational institutions using semantic analysis. Dr Aleem has supervised over 20 PhD and Master theses, and more than 50 Bachelor dissertations. 

Research group affiliations

Cyber Technology Institute (CTI)

Research interests/expertise

  • Data Leak Prevention
  • Steganography & Digital Watermarking
  • IT Security Awareness
  • Machine learning in cybersecurity
  • Speech Signal Processing 

Areas of teaching

  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Forensic
  • Networks & Network Security
  • Computer Architecture
  • Research Methodology


  • PhD in Computer Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  • Master of Computer Science (Information Security), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  • BSc in Computer Engineering, University of Baghdad

Courses taught

  • Computer Networks
  • Devices and Networks
  • Computer Systems

Honours and awards

  • Certificate of Excellence, UTM School of Graduate Studies (SPS), for Excellent achievement in the PhD thesis, 18 Feb 2016.
  • Masters Scholarship, (SCC/HPE/NUFFIC/ARCADIS), Yemen/Netherlands, 2007 – 2009.
  • UTM International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF), UTM, Malaysia, 2011 – 2012.
  • MOHE Yemen, Bachelor's degree Scholarship, Computer Engineering, University of Baghdad, Iraq, 1998 – 2002.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • MBCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), since 2021
  • ACM Professional Member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), since 2021
  • AIS Academic Member, Association for Information Systems (AIS), since 2021
  • MIEEE, Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), since 2014

Current research students

Previously supervised more than 20 completed postgraduate studies (PhD and master)
Current Supervisions:
Safari Ismail Mussa, PhD, Accuracy of web app vulnerability scanners, 2nd supervisor.

Externally funded research grants information

  • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Principal Investigator, “A Comprehensive Framework for Data Leak Prevention in Malaysian Higher Educational Institutions Using Semantic Analysis”, Total Grant (RM99,380 ~= £17,750), 2020-2022.
  • UTM Research Student Grant (RSG) VOT 4S059, Principal Researcher, (EScience Fund Project: 01-01-06-SF1044), “Development of Secure Real-time Data Hiding System in GSM Mobile Encoded Speech Signal”, Total Grant (RM121,810 ~= £21,750), 2013 – 2014

Case studies

Professional Esteem Indicators

  • External Panel Member (Assessor) for the approval of MSc Computer Science programme, Birmingham City University (BCU), 2021
  • Viva External Examiner for Moayad Ali Hamood Baktan, Master of Information Technology, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), 2017,
  • Expert Reviewer of Instrumentations’ Content validity for PhD studies: (Saeed Alshahrani, UKM, 2020), (Ernie Mazuin, UTM, 2019), and (Qusay Al-Maatouk, UTM, 2019) and Expert Reviewer of Data Analysis Validity for (Ernie Mazuin, UTM, 2019)
  • Program Committee Member for IMCOM2020–Taiwan, KLTEC2019–Malaysia, TADHack2018–Malaysia, ICCSIT2018–Malaysia, WCIT2014–Malaysia, and WCIT2013–Malaysia.
  • Member of Editorial/Review Boards for several journals and conferences 

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