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Dr Sharif Abuadbba

Senior Research Scientist

https://people.csiro.au/A/S/sharif-abuadbba

Biography

Dr Alsharif (Sharif) Abuadbba is a Senior Research Scienist and Team Leader of Distributed Systems Security at CSIRO’s Data61. He received his Ph.D. from RMIT University, Australia. His focus is on developing augmented cyber defence capabilities using advances in AI/ML as well as the security of AI against adversarial attacks. He has recently helped to define Cyber Security CRC projects, such as Deception as a Service, Smart Shield (leading) and TAPE (leading), which received funding in excess of $2.5M. Dr Abuadbba was one of a handful of CSIRO staff awarded the exceptional early career Julius Career Award 2022. He also received the Data61 cash performance award 2022. He has previously worked with California-based technology company AgilePQ Inc as a senior R&D engineer and contributed to a number of US IP patents in the area of cybersecurity. He cofounded EyeCura Pty Ltd, a cybersecurity startup, which now has three online products on IOS, and Google Play used by +10K users. His research impact also includes 40+ publications in many prestigious CORE A conferences and journals such as IEEE S&P, NDSS, ACM AsiaCCS, ICDCS, ESORICS, ACSAC, and IEEE TIFS. He is a regular reviewer at IEEE TIFS, IEEE TDSC, and IEEE TSC.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2017

    PhD in Computer Science (Cybersecurity) with presigious VC award of Research Excellence
    RMIT University, Australia

  • 2013

    Master of Computer Science with Honour Distinction, GPA 4/4
    RMIT University, Australia

Achievements and Awards

  • 2022-2025

    Julius Career Award
    CSIRO

  • 2020-2021

    SCS program award for collaboration
    CSIRO's Data61

  • 2019-2020

    DSS group high achievement award
    CSIRO's Data61

  • 2018-2018

    Eureka international Innovation award for creative startup
    Eureka international

  • 2018-2018

    RMIT prestigious VC award of PhD Research Excellence in Technology
    RMIT University

  • 2015-2016

    CSIT HDR Student Publications Awards
    RMIT University

  • 2014-2014

    Nominated for the student of the year in state of Victoria Australia
    RMIT University

  • 2013-2014

    Best-graduated Master student of Computer Science
    RMIT University

Current Roles

  • Team Leader, Distributed Systems Security | Data61
    Lead team of researchers and projects | Carry out impactful research | Help in commecialising of Cybersecurity products

  • Cofounder, Eyecura Pty Ltd
    Board Member | previously major IP contribution and Team lead

Grants

  • 2020-2023

    PhD scholarship (200,000$), Cybersecurity CRC

  • 2020-2023

    PhD scholarship (114,000$), CSIRO's Data61

  • 2020-2021

    2 Honour scholarship (20,000$), Cybersecurity CRC

  • 2019-2021

    Smart Shield : AI based anti-phishing systems project (1M$), Cybersecurity CRC

  • 2019-2021

    Deception As a Service project (1.2M$), Cybersecurity CRC

  • 2019-2020

    3 vacation student scholarships (30,000$), Cybersecurity CRC