PERSONAL DETAIL


DR. MUHAMMAD REZA BIN Z'ABA

Department of Computer System & Technology
Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
 
  reza.zaba@um.edu.my
 Department of Computer System & Technology, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, W.Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 
Homepage
  https://sites.google.com/view/rezazaba/home
ResearcherID Link
  http://www.researcherid.com/rid/N-4195-2017
Scopus ID Link
  http://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=24726154700

BIOGRAPHY


Dr. Muhammad Reza Z'aba is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer System and Technology, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya. He was previously a researcher at MIMOS Berhad (from 2010 until February 2018), which is a research arm under the purview of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia.

He received his Bachelor of Science (Computer) in 2004 from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and PhD from Queensland University of Technology, Australia in 2010. His main research interests are in the area of symmetric cryptography (block ciphers and hash functions). He is also looking into blockchain-related technologies including digital currencies and other areas of information security.

 


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION
(Qualification), (Institution).



PROFESSIONAL
(Organisation), (Role), (Year), (Level).


  • Malaysian Society for Cryptology Research, Member, 2015 to 2019, (National)
  • MySEAL (National Trusted Cryptographic Algorithm List - Senarai Algoritma Kriptografi Terpercaya Negara), Committee Member, 2016 to 2020, (National)
  • International Association for Cryptologic Research, Member, 2018 to 2019, (International)
  • Working Group on Cryptography and Security Mechanisms (WG/G/5-2), Member, 2018, (National)
  • Centre for Research in Industry 4.0 (CRI4.0), Member, 2018 to 2020, (University)
  • Association for Computing Machinery, Member, 2019 to 2020, (International)

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
(Area).


  • Encryption System
  • Cryptography (Symmetric Cryptography, Block Cipher, Hash Function, Blockchain)


RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
(Publication).


Article in Academic Journals

2019
  • Iftikhar Ahmad, Rafidah Md Noor, Muhammad Reza Z'aba, "LTE Efficiency When Used in Traffic Information Systems: A Stable Interest Aware Clustering", International Journal of Communication Systems (Q3, IF=1.717), Volume: 32 Issue: 2 Pages: e3853 Published: 2019/01/25 https://doi.org/10.1002/dac.3853, (ISI-Indexed)
  • Iftikhar Ahmad, Rafidah Md Noor, Muhammad Reza Z'aba, Muhammad Ahsan Qureshi, Muhammad Imran and Muhammad Shoaib, "A Cooperative Heterogeneous Vehicular Clustering Mechanism for Road Traffic Management", International Journal of Parallel Programming. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10766-019-00629-y (ISI-Indexed)

2018
  • Raenu Kolandaisamy, Rafidah Md Noor, Ismail Ahmedy, Iftikhar Ahmad, Muhammad Reza Z’aba, Muhammad Imran and Mohammed Alnuem “A Multivariant Stream Analysis Approach to Detect and Mitigate DDoS Attacks in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks,” Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, vol. 2018, Article ID 2874509, 13 pages, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/2874509. (ISI-Indexed)

2017
  • Geong Sen Poh, Vishnu Monn Baskaran, Ji-Jian Chin, Moesfa Soeheila Mohamad, Kay Win Lee, Dharmadharshni Maniam and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "Searchable Data Vault: Encrypted Queries in Secure Distributed Cloud Storage". Algorithms, volume 10, issue 2, article 52, MDPI, 2017. e-ISSN 1999-4893. (SCOPUS-Indexed)

2016
  • Yasir Amer Abbas, Razali Jidin, Norziana Jamil and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "Lightweight PRINCE Algorithm IP Core for Securing GSM Messaging using FPGA". Research Journal of Information Technology, volume 8, issue 1-2, pages 17-28, Academic Journals Inc, 2016. ISSN: 1815-7432 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Herman Isa, Norziana Jamil and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "Construction of Cryptographically Strong S-Boxes Inspired by Bee Waggle Dance". New Generation Computing, volume 34, issue 3, pages 221-238, Springer, 2016. ISSN: 0288-3635 (ISI-Indexed)

2015
  • Yasir Amer Abbas, Razali Jidin, Norziana Jamil, Muhammad Reza Z'aba and Mohd Ezanee Rusli. "PRINCE IP-core on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA)". Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, volume 10, issue 8, pages 914-922, Maxwell Scienti c Publication Corp, 2015. ISSN: 2040-7459 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Herman Isa, Norziana Jamil and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "Improved S-Box Construction from Binomial Power Functions". Malaysian Journal of Mathematical Sciences, Special Issue: The 4th International Cryptology and Information Security Conference 2014 (Cryptology 2014), volume 9, pages 21-35, PERTANIKA, UPM 2015. ISSN: 1823-8343. (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS)

2014
  • Muhammad Reza Z'aba, Norziana Jamil, Mohd Ezanee Rusli, Md Zaini Jamaludin, Ahmad Azlan Mohd Yasir. "I-PRESENT: An Involutive Lightweight Block Cipher". Journal of Information Security, volume 5, number 3, pages 114-122, Scienti c Research, 2014. ISSN: 2153-1234 (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS)

2013
  • Norziana Jamil, Ramlan Mahmod, Muhammad Reza Z'aba, Nur Izura Udzir and Zuriati Ahmad Zulkarnain. "Diffusion Analysis of Message Expansion in STITCH-256". Journal of Information Security, volume 4, number 3, pages 129-137, Scienti c Research 2013. ISSN: 2153-1234 (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS)
  • Norziana Jamil, Ramlan Mahmod, Muhammad Reza Z'aba, Nur Izura Udzir and Zuriati Ahmad Zulkarnain. "Diffusion and Statistical Analysis of STITCH-256". Journal of Applied Sciences, volume 13, issue 5, pages 673-682, Asian Network for Scienti c Information 2013. ISSN: 1812-5654 (SCOPUS-Indexed)

2012
  • Herman Isa, Iskandar Bahari and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "AES: Current Security and Efficiency Analysis of its Alternatives". Journal of Information Assurance and Security (JIAS), volume 7, issue 1, pages 52-60, 2012. ISSN: 1554-1010 (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS)

2010
  • Muhammad Reza Z'aba, Kenneth Koon-Ho Wong, Leonie Simpson and Ed Dawson. "Algebraic Analysis of Small Scale LEX-BES". International Journal of Cryptology Research, volume 2, issue 1, pages 51-62, 2010. ISSN: 1985-5753 (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS)
Proceeding

2016
  • Herman Isa, Norziana Jamil and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "S-box Optimisation using Heuristic Methods". Proceedings of the 5th International Cryptology and Information Security Conference 2016 (Cryptology 2016), pages 120-128, INSPEM, UPM, 2016 (SCOPUS-Indexed)

2014
  • Herman Isa and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "Randomness of the PRINCE Block Cipher". International Conference on Frontiers of Communications, Networks and Applications (ICFCNA) 2014, pages 1-6, IET, 2014 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Herman Isa, Norziana Jamil and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "Improved S-Box Construction from Binomial Power Functions". Proceedings of the 4th International Cryptology and Information Security Conference 2014 (Cryptology 2014), pages 131-139, 2014 (SCOPUS-Indexed)

2013
  • Herman Isa and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "S-Box Construction from Non-Permutation Power Functions". Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Security of Information and Networks, SIN '13, Turkey, pages 46-53, ACM, 2013 (SCOPUS-Indexed)

2012
  • Herman Isa and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "Randomness Analysis on LED Block Ciphers". Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Security of Information and Networks, SIN '12, Jaipur, India, pages 60-66, ACM, 2012 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Iskandar Bahari and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "Analysis of the LBlock Lightweight Block Cipher". Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Cryptology and Computer Security 2012 (Cryptology 2012), pages 25-30. School of Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2012. (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS)
  • Geong Sen Poh, Moesfa Soeheila Mohamad and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "Structured Encryption for Conceptual Graphs". Advances in Information and Computer Security - 7th International Workshop on Security, IWSEC 2012, Fukuoka, Japan, volume 7631 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 105-122, Springer, 2012 (SCOPUS-Indexed)

2011
  • Geong Sen Poh and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "On the Security and Practicality of a Buyer Seller Watermarking Protocol for DRM". Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Security of Information and Networks, SIN 2011, Sydney, Australia, pages 251-254, ACM, 2011 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Herman Isa, Iskandar Bahari, Hasibah Su an and Muhammad Reza Z'aba. "AES: Current Security and Eciency Analysis of its Alternatives". Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information Assurance and Security, IAS 2011, Melaka, Malaysia, pages 267-274. IEEE Computer Society, 2011 (SCOPUS-Indexed)

2010
  • Muhammad Reza Z'aba, Kenneth Wong, Leonie Simpson, and Ed Dawson. "Algebraic Analysis of Small Scale LEX-BES". Proceedings of the 2nd International Cryptology Conference 2010 (Cryptology 2010), Malaysia, pages 77-82. Penerbit Universiti, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia, 2010. (SCOPUS-Indexed)

2009
  • Muhammad Reza Z'aba, Leonie Simpson, Ed Dawson, and Kenneth Wong. "Linearity within the SMS4 Block Cipher". Information Security and Cryptology: 5th International Conference, Inscrypt 2009, volume 6151 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 248-265. Springer, Heidelberg, 2010. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Muhammad Reza Z'aba, Havard Raddum, Leonie Simpson, Ed Dawson, Matt Henricksen, and Kenneth Wong. "Algebraic Analysis of LEX". Proc. Seventh Australasian Information Security Conference (AISC 2009), volume 98 of Conference in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), pages 33-45. Australian Computer Society, 2009 (SCOPUS-Indexed)

2008
  • Muhammad Reza Z'aba, Havard Raddum, Matt Henricksen, and Ed Dawson, "Bit-Pattern Based Integral Attack". Fast Software Encryption, 15th International Workshop, FSE 2008, volume 5086 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 363{381. Springer, Heidelberg, 2008. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
Monograph

2019
  • Muhammad Reza Z’aba, Norziana Jamil, Mohd Saufy Rohmad, Hazlin Abdul Rani and Solahuddin Shamsuddin (2019). The CiliPadi Family of Lightweight Authenticated Encryption. Round 1 Candidate, NIST Lightweight Cryptography Project. 

AREAS OF RESEARCH
(Project title), (Role), (From)-(Until), (Level), (Source).


  • PEMBENTUKAN PARAMETER SYARIAH BAGI PELAKSANAAN FINTECH DALAM KEWANGAN ISLAM DI MALAYSIA, Consultant, 2019 - 2020, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), (National)
  • Sensor Data Diagnostic Algorithm Using Data Mining With Block Chain Technology For Secure And Reliable In-service Shm, Consultant, 2019 - 2021, Others MOHE - Top 100 (IIRG)-IISS, (National)
  • The Regulatory Challenges of Smart Contracts On Blockchains In The Supply Chain Industry, Consultant, 2019 - 2021, International Funding, (International)
  • Regtech Project 2.0: Multidisciplinary Courses And Activities, Consultant, 2018 - 2020, International Funding, (International)
  • Wireless Backhaul Network Planning and Optimization Techniques Based on Deep Learning Algorithms, Consultant, 2018 - 2020, Bantuan Kecil Penyelidikan (BKP), (National)
  • A Security Framework for Blockchain Applications, Consultant, 2018 - 2019, RU Geran - Fakulti Program, (National)
  • Energy Optimization of Cognitive Radio Wireless Sensor Networks in Smart Spaces, Consultant, 2018 - 2019, RU Geran - Fakulti Program, (National)
  • The Investigation into Permutation Property of Block Ciphers, Principal Investigator(PI), 2018 - 2019, RU Geran - Fakulti Program, (National)

PRESENTATIONS
(Title), (Event), (Date Presented), (Organiser), (Level).


INVITED SPEAKER
  • The Design and Analysis of Lightweight Block Ciphers, The 2nd Malaysian Cryptology and Information Security Lecture Series 2015, 2015-05-12 to 2015-05-12, The Institute for Mathematical Research (INSPEM), (National)
  • Digital Currency: An Introduction, The 13th Annual Convention of Members of the Syariah Advisory Committee of Financial Institutions in Malaysia (Muzakarah Ahli Majlis Penasihat Syariah (MPS) Institusi Kewangan di Malaysia kali ke-13), 2017-07-20 to 2017-07-20, JAKIM, (National)
  • The Evolution of Money to Cryptocurrency, Syariah Fintech Forum 2017, 2017-11-08 to 2017-11-08, Association of Shariah Advisors in Islamic Finance (ASAS), (National)
  • The Security of Cryptocurrencies, IEICE Workshop on Cryptography and Information Security, 2017-12-15 to 2017-12-15, Multimedia University, Melaka, (National)
  • Adakah Blockchain bukan Bitcoin? (Is Blockchain not Bitcoin?), Seminar Blockchain Kebangsaan (National Blockchain Seminar), 2018-11-13 to 2018-11-13, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, (National)
  • Leading Technologies in the RegTech Universe, UM RegTech Talk Series #1: An Introduction to the RegTech Ecosystem, 2019-03-15 to 2019-03-15, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, (University)

EXPERT/TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
(Activity), (Organisation), (Role), (From)-(Until), (Level).


  • Reviewer, Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology (JST), UPM, Reviewer, 2019-2019, (International)
  • Reviewer, National Postgraduate Poster Competition, Reviewer, 2019-2019, (National)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Engineering, UKM, Reviewer, 2019, (International)
  • Editorial Board, OIC-CERT Journal of Cyber Security (OIC-CERT JCS), Editorial Board, 2018-2019, (International)
  • External Reviewer, The 25th International Conference on Neural Information Processing (ICONIP 2018), Siem Riep, Cambodia, External Reviewer, 2018-2018, (International)
  • Committee Member for Registration and Publication (Articles Evaluator), International Conference on Information Technology & Society (IC-ITS) 2018, Committee Member, 2018-2018, (International)
  • External Reviewer, The 6th International Cryptology and Information Security Conference 2018 (Cryptology 2018), Port Dickson, Malaysia, External Reviewer, 2018-2018, (International)
  • Technical Evaluation Panel (Invited) for MOSTI's Flagship Fund, SIRIM Industrial Research, Technical Evaluation Panel, 2016-2018, (National)

CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY
(Contribution To Society), (Level), (Start Date), (End Date).


  • "Apa Itu Hash Function?", article written for coin.my (https://coin.my/blockchain/apa-itu-hash-function/), (Community), 22/01/2019 until 22/01/2019
  • Commentator. "Kata laluan lemah, terlalu ringkas antara faktor akaun bank pelanggan mudah digodam". Berita Harian., (National), 17/12/2018 until 17/12/2018
  • "Blockchain and Its Applications". Talk given to students of Database Course (WIA/WIB 2001), (University), 05/12/2018 until 05/12/2018
  • "Kriptografi: Sejarah dan Asal Usulnya", article written for coin.my (https://coin.my/blockchain/kriptografi-sejarah-dan-asal-usulnya/), (Community), 21/11/2018 until 21/11/2018
  • "Mata Wang Kripto: Satu Penerangan Ringkas". Talk given at Masjid Al-Iman, Kemensah Heights, (Community), 19/03/2018 until 19/03/2018

SUPERVISION


POST GRADUATE STUDENT
(Name of Degree), (Name of Candidates), (Title of Thesis), (Academic Session)

Ongoing
  • Doctoral Degree (phd), Yeow Kim Chai, SECURED DISTRIBUTED STORAGE IN MOBILE FOG COMPUTING FOR INTERNET OF THINGS, 2018/2019
  • Doctoral Degree (phd), Nuurshiraathal Firdaws Bt Abd Rani, -, 2018/2019
  • Master Degree, Khairil Hafizzee Bin Zakaria, Hybrid Call Filtering Algorithm for Disaster Management, 2018/2019
  • Doctoral Degree (phd), Noman Mazhar, -, 2018/2019
  • Doctoral Degree (phd), Iftikhar Ahmad, EFFICIENT CELLULAR RESOURCES UTILIZATION FOR TRAFFIC INFORMATION SYSTEM USING VANET TECHNOLOGY, 2017/2018
  • Doctoral Degree (phd), Raenu A/l Kolandaisamy, VANET INTEGRATED WITH CLOUD COMPUTING, 2017/2018
  • Doctoral Degree (phd), Mohammad Asif Hossain, PRIVACY AND SECURITY ISSUES OF THE INTEGRATION OF INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) AND BIG DATA ANALYTICS, 2017/2018

TEACHING
(Course Title), (Academic Session), (No of Student), (No of Contact Hours).


FIRST DEGREE
  • PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS, 2018/2019(1), 30, 1
  • COMPUTER PENETRATION, 2018/2019(1), 25, 3
  • INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT AND ETHICS, 2018/2019(1), 180, 3
  • THINKING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS, 2018/2019(1), 30, 3
  • ENTERPRISE NETWORK DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT, 2017/2018(2), 4, 3
  • ENTERPRISE NETWORK DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT, 2017/2018(2), 21, 3
  • DATA STRUCTURE, 2017/2018(2), 59, 3