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Dr Surya Nepal

Senior Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Surya Nepal is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Data61 and the Mission Lead for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Mission. He has been working at CSIRO since 2000. His main research interest is in the development and implementation of technologies in the area of cybersecurity. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Surat, India; his Master of Engineering . from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand; and his PhD from RMIT University, Australia. He has more than 300 publications to his credit. Many of his works are published in top international journals and conferences such as ACM CCS, NDSS, ASIA CCS, RAID, ACM MM, VLDB, ICDE, ICWS, SCC, CoopIS, ICSOC, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, ACM Transaction on Internet Technology, IEEE Transactions on Computers, Communications of the ACM and ACM Computing Survey. Some of his papers have received the best paper award at international conferences. His lifetime citation is 12993 (Google Scholar), with an h-index of 53 and an i10-index of 220. Dr Nepal has received several publications and invention awards at CSIRO.

Dr Nepal currently leads the Cybersecurity and Quantum Systems group at CSIRO's Data61 comprising 60 research staff and over 50 research students, conducting research in different security aspects, including quantum-resilient. He is a co-inventor of 6 patents in web services and security and has edited three books and several conference proceedings. Dr Nepal serves as program chair and committee member in many international conferences and workshops. He has delivered talks/tutorials/keynotes on trusted distributed systems in national and international avenues. He also serves as an editorial board member of IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, ACM Transactions on Internet Technology and Frontiers in Big Data: Cybersecurity and Privacy.

Dr Nepal's research outcomes are accepted and adopted by researchers and industry in practice. This is demonstrated through (a) applying research outcomes by clients to solve practical problems, (b) licensing developed technologies to industry, and (c) demonstrating the use of developed technologies in practice. His research is supported by governments and industries (e.g., ARC, Aus-India Strategic Research Fund, US Army, Boeing, AFP, etc.), obtained through competitive processes and totalling value over millions of dollars.

Dr Nepal also holds the deputy research director of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and conjoint professor position at UNSW.

Current Roles

  • Mission Lead
    Critical Infrsatructure Protection and Resilient (CIPR) Mission

  • Research Group Leader
    Cybersecurity and Quantum Systems

Academic Qualifications

  • 2000

    RMIT University, Australia

  • 1996

    Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

  • 1993

    BE (Computer)
    NIT Surat, India

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