Keynote Speaker


Prof. Muhammad Khurram Khan

King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Title: Security and Privacy in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: State-of-the-art and Future Directions

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) are a collection of smart components such as sensors, Lidars, Electronic Control Units (ECUs), and cameras programmed through voluminous lines of code. There is growing interest in CAVs in global markets, as they hold the potential to create a more sustainable future. They are generating increased revenues and experiencing significant market penetration, thereby enabling disruptive innovations in the automotive industry. With the booming technological sophistication of today's vehicles as well as their hyper-connectivity, cybersecurity becomes more critical than ever. In this speech, we will focus on recent technological advancements and developments in CAVs. Moreover, we will explore security and privacy issues and challenges that could exacerbate the risks of data breaches and cyberattacks in CAVs. Lastly, we will highlight some emerging cybersecurity trends in CAVs along with future research directions.


Muhammad Khurram Khan is a global thought leader and influencer in cybersecurity. He is a Professor of Cybersecurity at the Center of Excellence in Information Assurance, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He is one of the founding members of CoEIA and has served as Manager R&D from March 2009 until March 2012. He, along with his team, developed and successfully managed the cybersecurity research program at CoEIA, which turned it into one of the best centers of excellence in the region. He is the founder and CEO of the "Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research" , an independent and non-partisan cybersecurity think-tank in Washington, D.C., USA. He has contributed to cyber policy work for the G20 (Saudi and Italian Presidencies) in shaping a safer cyberspace for children, protecting the masses and vulnerable populations in cyberspace, and empowering and enabling women in the cybersecurity profession. In 2019, he played an instrumental role as a cybersecurity subject expert for a USD 6 million series B investment in a South Korean startup, "SecuLetter," which has received a corporate valuation of over USD 40 million (2020) with a pre-IPO valuation of USD 100 million (2022).

He is the Editor-in-Chief of a well-reputed international journal, ‘Telecommunication Systems' , published by Springer-Nature for over 27 years, with a recent impact factor of 2.5 (JCR 2023). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Cyber Insights Magazine. Furthermore, he is the area editor (Cyberecurity) of IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, which has a 35.6 impact factor in JCR 2023. Moreover, he has been on the editorial board of several journals, including IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, Journal of Network & Computer Applications (Elsevier), IEEE Access, IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, PLOS ONE, Electronic Commerce Research, IET Wireless Sensor Systems, Journal of Information Hiding and Multimedia Signal Processing, and International Journal of Biometrics, etc. He has also played the role of guest editor for several international journals published by IEEE, Springer, Wiley, Elsevier, and Wiley. Besides, he is one of the organizing chairs of more than 5 dozen international conferences and a member of the technical committees of more than 10 dozen international conferences. In addition, he is an active reviewer of several international journals as well as research foundations in Switzerland, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and the Czech Republic.

Prof. Khurram is an honorary professor at the IIIRC, Shenzhen Graduate School, China. He is also an adjunct professor at Taylor’s University, Malaysia, and Fujian University of Technology, China. He secured an outstanding leadership award at the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Networks and Systems Security in Australia. He has been included in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2010 edition. In addition, at the AIT international Conference in Japan in June 2010, he received a certificate of appreciation for outstanding contributions in "Biometrics and Information Security Research". He has been awarded a Gold Medal for the ‘Best Invention and Innovation Award’ at the 10th Malaysian Technology Expo 2011, Malaysia. Moreover, in April 2013, his invention won a Bronze Medal at the "41st International Exhibition of Inventions" in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, he was awarded the best paper awards from the Journal of Network and Computer Applications (Elsevier) and the IEEE Systems Journal. He was the recipient of the King Saud University Award for Scientific Excellence (Research Productivity) in May 2015. He was also a recipient of the King Saud University Award for Scientific Excellence (Inventions, Innovations, and Technology Licensing) in May 2016.

He has published over 450 research papers and is the inventor of 10 US/PCT patents. He has edited nine books/proceedings published by Springer-Verlag, Taylor & Francis, and IEEE. He has secured several national and international competitive research grants totaling over USD 4 million in the domain of cybersecurity. He has played a leading role in developing the "BS Cybersecurity Degree Program" and the "Higher Diploma in Cybersecurity" at King Saud University.

His research areas of interest are cybersecurity, IoT security, automotive cybersecurity, digital authentication, multimedia security, cyber policy, and technological innovation management. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (UK), a fellow of the British Computer Society (UK), a fellow of the FTRA (Korea), a senior member of the IEEE, and a senior member of the IACSIT (Singapore). He is also the Vice Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Saudi Chapter. He has been a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE (CTSoC) from 2019–2021. He is currently working as a chair of the task group (TG) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on child online protection in the Metaverse. His research has been cited over 26,500 times with an h-index of 87 (Google Scholar) .

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