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Research interests

Security and Privacy in Smart Grid

  • Peer-to-peer (local) electricity trading markets
  • Smart metering
  • Smart electric vehicle charging
  • Demand response

Applied Cryptography in Smart City and e-Health

  • Keyless car sharing systems
  • Frictionless authentication
  • Health data collection, distribution and access control

Prizes and awards

  • Winner of the Student Video Competition organised by the flagship IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm 2017), the video: "Secure and Privacy-friendly Local Electricity Trading"
  • Best Paper Award at the 11-th International Conference on Emerging Security Information, Systems and Technologies (SECURWARE 2017), the award
  • Distinguished Achievement Award as Postgraduate Research Student of the Year nominee by the School of Computer Science of The University of Manchester (2015)

Supervision information

Graduated PhD students

Graduated Master students


Other research

Ongoing Reseach Projects

Previous Reseach Projects

Scholarships and Fellowships

  • Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Research Fellowship, The University of Manchester, (2018–2023)
  • Postdoctoral Scholarship Holder in international mobility, KU Leuven, (2015–2018)
  • Industrial CASE Ph.D. Studentship, EPSRC and Toshiba Research Europe, (2011–2015)
  • ONE North East Postgraduate Bursary, One North East, (2009–2010)


Mustafa A. Mustafa is currently a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) as well as a Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Manchester.

He received the B.Sc. degree in communications from the Technical University of Varna, Varna, Bulgaria, in 2007, the M.Sc. degree in communications and signal processing from Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from The University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K., in 2015. He then was a post-doctoral research fellow with the imec-COSIC research group, Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), KU Leuven, Belgium. Since July 2018 he is a Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Manchester. In August 2022 he has been promoted to a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor).

He was the recipient of the Best Student Video Award from IEEE SmartGridComm 2017 and the Best Paper Award from SECURWARE 2017. During his PhD studies he was also a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award as Postgraduate Research Student of the Year 2015 nominee by the School of Computer Science of The University of Manchester. He currently acts as an expert in the IEC/SYC/WG 3 “IEC Smart Energy Roadmap”. He has also given tutorials, guest lectures and invited talks at several national and international summer schools/seminars/workshops/conferences. He has acted as a reviewer for a large number journals and international conferences.

His research interests include information security, data privacy and applied cryptography in areas such as smart grid, smart city, e-health, and IoT. His main expertise lies in applied crypto in the Smart Grid domain where he has filed one patent and published numerous papers at leading Smart Grid conferences.


My group

Current PhD students

  • Kamil Erdayandi - "Privacy-friendly Multi-agent Systems for Smart Grid Application" - main supervisor
  • Khlood Jastaniah - "Security and Privacy for the Internet of Things (IoT) in E-health" - main supervisor
  • Fatimah Aljaafari - "Detecting Vulnerabilities in IoT Lightweight Cryptography Algorithms using Fuzzing and Symbolic Execution" - co-supervisor
  • Twisha Twisha - "Effective Solutions for BotVM Detection" - co-supervisor

Current MSc students

  • Robbie Thandi - "Privacy-Enhancing Settlements Protocol in Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading Markets", MSc in Computer Science, The University of Manchester, expected to graduate in November 2021.

Further information

My contact details


Kilburn Building - office 2.93

Department of Computer Science

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road

Manchester, M13 9PL, UK




For prospective PhD students

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in the following areas:

  • Applied cryptography in Smart Grid, Smart City, e-Banking, e-Health, IoT (Internet of Things), etc.
  • Distributed trust computing
  • Blockchain and public ledgers
  • Mobile and wireless security
  • Privacy-friendly machine learning
  • Anonymous communication

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Smart Grid Security: Protecting Users' Privacy in Smart Grid Applications, The University of Manchester

1 Jul 201130 Jun 2015

Award Date: 12 Oct 2015

Master in Science, Intelligent Video Surveillance System for Detecting Abnormal Human Behaviour, Newcastle University

15 Sept 200930 Aug 2010

Award Date: 1 Sept 2010

Bachelor of Science, Design of Magnitude Response Equaliser, Technical University Varna

15 Sept 200230 Jul 2007

Award Date: 17 Jul 2007

External positions

Voluntary researcher , Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

1 Jul 201830 Jun 2023

Areas of expertise

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Information Security
  • Data Privacy
  • Smart Grid

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Digital Futures
  • Energy
  • Manchester Energy


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