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Vishal Sharma, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer (~Assistant Professor)

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Queen's University Belfast

Belfast, BT9 5BN


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PhD projects: CPS Security; Autonomous Systems; UAV Communications and Security; Mobile Internet Security; Blockchain Systems.

Short bio

Vishal Sharma received the PhD and BTech degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from Thapar University and Punjab Technical University, respectively. He is working as a Lecturer (~Assistant Professor) in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) at the Queen's University Belfast (QUB), Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Before coming to QUB, he was a Research Fellow in the Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD) Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore, with Prof. Paweł Szałachowski and Prof. Jianying Zhou, under a project entitled, future-proof blockchain, funded by MoE-Tier 2 grant, Singapore. Before joining SUTD, he worked as a Research Assistant Professor under Industry-Academia Cooperation Foundation in the MobiSec Lab. at Soonchunhyang University with research sponsored by ETRI-Korea, NRF-Korea, IITP-Korea, MSIT-Korea, and AFOSR-USA. He was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Ilsun You in the Information Security Engineering Department at Soonchunhyang University in association with Prof. Jeong Hyun Yi at Soongsil University, South Korea. Before this, he worked as a lecturer in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Thapar University, India. He is a certified professional, a senior member of IEEE and a professional member of ACM. He served as an Associate Technical Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine, and at present, he serves on the editorial board of CAAI Transactions on Intelligence Technology (IET), Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, IET Networks, Future Internet, ICT Express, and Section Editor-in-Chief of drones journal. His areas of research and interests are Autonomous Systems, UAV Communications, Network Behavior Modeling, 5G and Beyond, Blockchain, and CPS Security.

Awards, Honors and Achievements

2022: Queen's Merit Award for Fellowship (FHEA).
2022: CyberASAP'22 - Cyber security academic startup.
2021: EiC Travel Grant (Drones Journal).
2021: Co-Chair, IEEE UK and Ireland Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
2021: Elevated to Senior Member, IEEE.
2021: Editor: ICT Express, Elsevier.
2021: Section Editor-in-Chief: Drones.
2021: BCS Accreditation Liaison, QUB.
2021: Racial Equity Network School Co-Champion, QUB.
2020: Best research paper award for work published during PhD from Thapar University (Alma mater award).
2020: Top 2% scientist for citation impact during the single calendar year (2019).
2020: IEEE ComSoc: My Article included as one of the Best Readings in UAV Assisted Wireless Networks, Topic: Interference Mitigation and Drone Deployment.
2020: Appointed Associate Editor: IET Networks.
2020: Appointed Academic Editor: Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (WCMC).
2020: Two of my papers (P1, P2) in IEEE Communications Letters were amongst the top 50 popular articles until April 2020.
2019: Appointed Associate Technical Editor: IEEE Communications Magazine.
2019: Appointed Associate Editor: IET CAAI TRIT.
2019: One of my papers in IEEE Communications Letters, "An Energy-Efficient Transaction Model for the Blockchain-Enabled Internet of Vehicles (IoV)," was amongst the top 5 popular articles in March 2019.
2019: One of my books, “5G Enabled Secure Wireless Networks,” is included in the IEEE Comsoc Information Security Technical Committee's report (ICC’19).
2019: Top 1% reviewers in Cross-Field (Publons).
2019: Outstanding Reviewer Award- JNCA, FGCS, Physical Communications, Computers and Electrical Engineering, PMC Elsevier.
2018: Recognized Reviewer Award- Physical Communications, Computers and Electrical Engineering, PMC, Computer Networks, Information Sciences, Heliyon, Applied Computing and Informatics, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture-Elsevier, IJCS-Wiley.
2018: One of my papers in CCPE, Wiley, "Cooperative frameworks and network models for flying ad hoc networks: a survey," was among the top 20 most downloaded articles between 2016 and 2018.
2018: One of my papers in JNCA, Elsevier, "Intelligent deployment of UAVs in 5G heterogeneous communication environment for improved coverage," had the most social media attention in 2017 and 2018.
2017-2018: International research travel grants: JEJU-03'17, US-05'18, and JEJU-10’18.
2017: Best paper award at ICCMIT 2017, Poland.
2017: Best paper award at CISC 2017, South Korea.
2017: Best paper award at EAI-IoTaas 2017, Taiwan.
2016: Current Erdős Number: 5.
2013-2015: Chair- ACM Student Chapter, Thapar University (January 21, 2013 - November 30, 2015).
2015: Poster selected amongst the top 9 in the area of networks at ACM annual event (IRISS'15).
2015: Awarded Official ACM-Membership Ambassador Certificate.
2015: National research travel grants: IEEE ICECS (Coimbatore-02’15), ACM Annual Event (Goa-02’15) and ACM Security Symposium (Delhi-02’15).
2014: Awarded Official ACM-Membership Ambassador Certificate.
2012: Qualified GATE'12 (Admitted to Ph.D. program at Thapar University).
2011-2012: University Merit.
2011: TGMC IBM Student Ambassador.
2009-2011: Best project awards (Industrial Trainings).
2008-2011: Recipient of Scholarship from the Government of India.
2005-2006: Sports Scholarship for the year.