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Dr Mary He

Job: Associate Professor in Cybersecurity

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7589



Personal profile

Dr Hongmei (Mary) He (FHEA, SIEEE) is an Associate Professor of Cybersecurity in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at De Montfort University. Previously, she worked as a lecturer in AI and Cyber Security for Cranfield University. She  obtained her PhD in Computer Science and MSc in Multimedia and Internet Computing from Loughborough University, UK in 2006 and 2003, respectively. Dr He had rich postdoctoral research experience for several universities, such as Loughborough University, University of Bristol, Ulster University and University of Kent, where she completed many projects sponsored by EPSRC, MoD, FP7 and Leverhulme Trust. Her expertise in AI, especially in machine learning, has been explored in a wide range of applications, such as Cognitive Robotics, Cognitive Cyber Security, Data/Sensor Fusion, Computational Finance, and Safety & Security of Autonomous Systems, etc. 

Dr He has been working in the area of Computer Science and Engineering for more than 35 years and accumulated rich experience in theory and practice in relevant areas. Before coming to the UK, she was a senior embedded system engineer at the Motorola Design House, Shenzhen, China. Currently, her research focuses on Trustworthy AI, especially Cybersecurity and Safety of Autonomous Systems. She is a productive researcher and has published many papers in peer-reviewed journals, national/international conferences, and book chapters. Dr He has created solid international collaboration in AI and Robotics. She is a full member in EPSRC peer-review college and was EU H2020 ICT Robotics Programme review panel member in 2016 and 2019.  Dr He actively serves for IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Chapter as the chapter secretary, and she is the chair of the task force, " Artificial Intelligence and Edge Computing for Trustworthy Robots and Autonomous Systems",  for Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning Technical Committee, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

Research interests/expertise

(1) Artificial Intelligence

(2) Trustworthy Robots and Autonomous Systems 

(3) IoT/Edge Intelligence 

(4) Cognitive Cybersecurity

(5) Complex Networks

(6) Optimisation

Areas of teaching

  • Machine learning for robotic vision
  • Data driven cyberattack detection
  • AI technology
  • Algorithm Analysis
  • Data Analysis


  • PhD in Computer Science, Loughborough University, UK, 2006
  • MSc in Multimedia and Internet Computing, Loughborough University, UK, 2003.

Courses taught

  • Concurrent and Parallel Algorithms (CETC2910)
  • Big Data and Business Models (IMAT3614)

Honours and awards

  • Best Paper Award for the paper, “How Good a Shallow Neural Network for Non-linear Decision
  • Making Problems”, BICS2018. 08 July 2018
  • Certificates for Significant Contribution to EPSRC peer-review (top 7% and 6%), 2017 and 2018.
  • Certificate for notable and exemplary services to the IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Chapter. 7 Oct. 2017.
  • Best paper award for the paper, “Optimal Cascaded Hierarchies of Linguistics Decision Trees for Decision Making”, in The IAENG International Conference on AI and Applications (ICAIA'09). 19 Mar 2009.

Membership of external committees

  • Vice Chair, Adaptive & Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning Technical Committee (ADPRLTC), IEEE Computational Intelligence, 2020-
  • Chair of the Task Force on “AI and Edge Computing for Trustworthy Robots and Autonomous System” for ADPRLTC, 2020-  
  • Secretary of IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Chapter, 2016 - 
  • Associate editor for special issue, “AI and Edge Computing for Trustworthy Autonomous Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, 2020  - 
  • Associate editor for Frontiers in Blockchain, 2018 - 
  • Editor board member for Advances in Computing, 2013 -
  • Full membership of EPSRC peer review college, 2015 - 
  • Panel member of H2020 ICT Robotics in 2016 and 2019.
  • PCM for many international conferences, WCCI, CEC, IJCNN, etc. 

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Senior Member of IEEE in Computational Intelligence, RAS, Cybersecurity and Women in Engineering societies, 2016 -
  • Fellow of HEA, 2019 –