Alireza Jolfaei

Associate Professor

College of Science and Engineering

place Tonsley Building (4.07)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr. Alireza Jolfaei is an Associate Professor of Cybersecurity and Networking in the College of Science and Engineering at Flinders University. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Distinguished Speaker of the ACM on the topic of Cybersecurity. His main research interest is in Cyber-Physical Systems Security, where he investigates the hidden interdependencies in industrial communication protocols and aims to provide fundamentally new methods for security-aware modelling, analysis and design of safety-critical cyber-physical systems in the presence of cyber-adversaries. He has been a chief investigator of several internal and external grants with a total amount exceeding $2,6 million. He successfully supervised five HDR students to completion. He received the prestigious IEEE Australian council award for his research paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security.

Dr. Jolfaei is the Chair of the Security and Privacy Technical Committee of the IEEE Consumer Technology Society and the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Consumer Technology Society's World Newsletter. He has served as the IEEE Australia Chair of the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society for Membership Development and Activities, as the Secretary of the IEEE NSW Joint Chapter on Consumer Technology, Broadcast Technology, and Product Safety Engineering, as the Chairman of the Computational Intelligence Society in the IEEE Victoria Section, and also as the Chairman of Professional and Career Activities for the IEEE Queensland Section. He was the founder and councillor of the IEEE Student Branch at Federation University and also contributed to the foundation of the IEEE Northern Territory Subsection. He has served as the associate editor of several IEEE journals and transactions, including the IEEE Transactions on Consumer Technology and IEEE IoT Journal. He has served as a Program co-Chair and a Technical Program Committee member for major conferences, including IEEE ICCCN.


PhD degree in Applied Cryptography from Griffith University.


Ranking based on Google Scholar keywords, which are based on publication citations:

  • #1 in SCADA Security
  • #2 in Distributed Systems Security
  • #3 in Cyber-Physical System Security
Honours, awards and grants
  • Chair of the Security and Privacy Technical Committee, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society.
  • Distinguished Speaker of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) on the topic of Cyber Security, 2019-2022.
  • Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  • People's choice award from the Sydney Water Innovation Festival, the Smart City Shark Tank, for AI-enabled cyber protection for water quality monitoring systems, 2021.
  • Best paper award and a recognition diploma from the 1st International Workshop on AI-enabled Policing and Law Enforcement (AI-PLE) Workshop, IEEE EDOC Conference, for the paper entitled "Security Principles and Challenges in Electronic Voting" in 2021.
  • Best paper award and a recognition diploma from the 18th ACM International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing & Multimedia (MoMM) for the paper entitled "A Dynamic Deep Trust Prediction Approach for Online Social Networks" in 2020.
  • Recognition diploma with a cash award from the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society for the paper entitled "Security Hardening for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators" published at the 2019 IEEE IES International Conference on Industrial Technology.
  • Prestigious IEEE Australian Council Award for the best postgraduate student paper in 2015.
Teaching interests
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Coding Theory
  • Cyber-Physical Systems Security
  • Offensive Security
  • Digital Forensics

Dr Jolfaei has extensive experience in curriculum design and the development of multi-disciplinary micro-credential programs to raise awareness, particularly on cyber security issues for a variety of audiences. He developed and convened various units on cyber-physical systems security, offensive security, digital forensics, information security and privacy. The teaching theme of those units covers various areas including penetration testing, exploit generation, reverse engineering, fuzzing, vulnerability detection and mitigation, in the context of smart cities. He received several acknowledgements and nominations for teaching awards from his students.

Topic coordinator
COMP3033 Cloud and Distributed Computing
COMP9033 Cloud and Distributed Computing
Topic lecturer
COMP9033 Cloud and Distributed Computing
COMP3033 Cloud and Distributed Computing
Supervisory interests
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Cybersecurity (2)
Associate supervisor: Cybersecurity (1)
  • Cybersecurity