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Dr Sarmadullah Khan

Job: Lecturer

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

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

T: +44(0)1162506429




Personal profile

Dr. Sarmadullah Khan is a Lecturer of Computer Science in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at De Montfort University, UK. Dr. Khan received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan in 2007. Dr. Khan obtained his MSc Ph.D in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy in 2009 and in 2013 respectively. Dr. Khan completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Luciano Lavagno.

After completing  PhD, Dr. Khan performed teaching activities at undergraduate level and at graduate level at CECOS University of IT and Emerging Science, Peshawar Pakistan for 4 years. He also served as PhD program advisor at CECOS University. He was a member of Board of Studies Committee, Curriculum Revision Committee of Higher Education Communication of Pakistan.

Dr. Khan’s research focuses on Internet of things security, content centric networks security, cryptographic key establishment and management and wireless sensor networks security.

Key areas of cyber security research: Cryptography and key management in the Internet of Things (IoTs) applications / Content centric networks and Industry 4.0 using Blockchain and attribute based mechanisms

Main contributions to cyber security research: Communication is one of the basic and important aspects of cyber security. Based on my academic background in wireless communication and systems, initially my research focused on securing communication using cryptographic and key management mechanisms in IoT projects. For example, European projects BUTLER, BEMO- COFRA and EBBIT. However, my recent research activities focus on securing communication in vehicular networks, smart-grid and industrial applications and published relevant papers in Q1/Q2 ranked journals (Journal of Sensor and Energies). My long-term research goal is to develop a mechanism that ensures access control, authenticity, integrity and privacy of both devices and data in IoT using block-chain, physically unclonable functions and attribute-based mechanisms.

Research group affiliations

Cyber Security Centre and Internet of Things Security

Publications and outputs 

Secure Communication Architecture for Dynamic Energy Management in Smart Grid
S Khan, R Khan, AH Al-Bayatti
IEEE Power and Energy Technology Systems Journal, 2019

VANSec: Attack Resistant VANETs Security Algorithm in terms of Trust Computation Error and Normalized Routing Overhead

S Ahmed, MU Rehman, A Ishtiaq, S Khan, A Ali, S Begum
Journal of Sensors 2018, 17, 2018

Multiple authorities attribute-based verification mechanism for Blockchain mircogrid transactions

S Khan, R Khan
Energies 11 (5), 1154, 2018

Elgamal Elliptic Curve Based Secure Communication Architecture for Microgrids

S Khan, R Khan
Energies 11 (4), 759, 2018

ARV2V: Attack resistant vehicle to vehicle algorithm, performance in term of end-to-end delay and trust computation error in VANETs

MU Rehman, S Ahmed, SU Khan, S Begum, A Ishtiaq
2018 International Conference on Computing, Mathematics and Engineering …, 2018

Quantized adaptive decentralized control for interconnected nonlinear systems with actuator faults

W Khan, Y Lin, SU Khan, N Ullah
Applied Mathematics and Computation 320, 175-189, 2018

Design and implementation of an automated network monitoring and reporting back system
R Khan, SU Khan
Journal of Industrial Information Integration 9, 24-34, 2018

Research interests/expertise

  1. Internet of Things Security (IoT security)
  2. Wireless sensor networks security
  3. Content centric networks security
  4. Key establishment and management

Areas of teaching

  1. Network Security
  2. Cryptography
  3. Communication Systems
  4. Mobile and Sensor Network
  5. Cyber Engineering



Courses taught

Cyber Engineering

Honours and awards

MS leading to PhD scholarship from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. (2008-2012)

Membership of professional associations and societies

IEEE member

Conference attendance

  1. International Conference on Emerging Technologies (ICET), December 2015, Peshawar, Pakistan
  2. The 5th International Conference on Sensor Systems and Software (S-CUBE-2014), Coventry, Great Britain, October 6-7, 2014
  3. The 6th International Conference on Security of Information and Networks (SIN '13). November 2013, Askaray,Turkey, 376-379
  4. Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT), 2012 10th International Conference on, Islamabad, 2012, pp. 257-260
  5. 2011 6th International Conference on Risks and Security of Internet and Systems (CRiSIS), Timisoara, 2011.
  6. Information Society (i-Society), 2011 International Conference on, London, 2011.

Key research outputs

Wakeel Khan, Yan Lin, Sarmad Ullah Khan & Nasim Ullah (2017): “Adaptive output-feedback control for a class of nonlinear systems with actuator failures and input quantization”, International Journal of Control, November 2017, DOI: 10.1080/00207179.2017.1403050 

Rafiullah Khan, Sarmad Ullah Khan, “Design and Implementation of an Automated Network Monitoring and Reporting Back System”, Journal of Industrial Information Integration. 

R. Khan and S.U. Khan, “Design and Implementation of UPnP-based Energy Gateway for Demand Side Management in Smart Grid”, in Journal of Industrial Information Integration, 2017.

R. Khan and S. U. Khan, "Reducing Energy Waste Due to Idle Network Devices," in IEEE Potentials, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 37-45, Sept.-Oct. 2017.

R. Khanand S.U. Khan, “Energy Saving Through Intelligent Coordination Among Daily Used Fixed and Mobile Devices”, in Elsevier Journal on Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems, vol. 14, pp 43-57, June 2017.

R. Khanand S.U. Khan, “Design and Implementation of Ad-Hoc Collaborative Proxying Scheme for Reducing Network Energy Waste”, in Elsevier Journal on Digital Communications and Networks, vol. 3, issue 2, pp 118-128, May 2017.

W. Khan, Y. Lin and S. U. Khan, "Decentralized adaptive quantized control for a class of interconnected nonlinear systems with actuator faults and input saturation2017 36th Chinese Control Conference (CCC), Dalian, 2017, pp. 1359-1366

W. Khan, Y. Lin and S. U. Khan, "Robust tracking control for a class of multivariable nonlinear systems with input quantization," 2017 IEEE/ACIS 16th International Conference on Computer and Information Science (ICIS), Wuhan, 2017, pp. 317-322

Mehraban Khan, Zahid Ullah, Qazi Mudassir, Sarmad Ullah Khan, “Address Resolution Protocol Caching using Optimized RAM-Based CAM”, International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security, Vol.14, No.08, August 2016, ISSN 1947-5500

Rafiullah Khan, Sarmad Ullah Khan, Achieving Energy Saving through Proxying Applications on behalf of Idle Devices, Procedia Computer Science, Volume 83, 2016, Pages 187-194, ISSN 1877-0509.

Sarmad Ullah Khan, Luciano Lavagno, Claudio Pastrone, M.A. Spirito, "Online Authentication and Key Establishment Scheme for Heterogeneous Sensor Networks," International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, vol. 2014, Article ID 718286, 11 pages, 2014