Associate Dean, Professor

Ph.D.  Computer Engineering – Telematics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
M.Sc.   Electrical Engineering specialized in Communication Systems, University of Technology of Kaiserslautern, Germany
B.Sc.   Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, UAE.


Omar Alfandi is the Associate Dean and Professor at the College of Technological Innovation at Zayed University. He holds a Doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in Computer Engineering and Telematics from the Georg-August-University of Goettingen - Germany in 2009. He received his M.Sc. degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 2005 from the University of Technology Kaiserslautern - Germany. Between 2009 and 2011, he enjoyed a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Telematics Research Group and he founded a Research and Education Sensor Lab where he is currently as Lab Advisor. Before that he carried his Doctoral Research as part of an Industry, Academia and Research centers collaboration European Union (EU) project. Dr. Alfandi was working package leader of EU DAIDALOS II in the 6th framework project. He published numerous articles on Authentication Framework for 4G Communication Systems, Future Internet and Trust and Reputation Systems in Mobile ad hoc and Sensor Networks. He is the co-founder and co-director of the SMART (Sensors and Mobile Applications Research and Education) Lab at CTI. His current research activities are directed towards Internet of Things (IoT), Security in Next Generation Networks, Smart Technologies, Security Engineering, Mobile and Wireless Communications. In August 2015 he was appointed as the Assistant Dean for Abu Dhabi Campus and in August 2020 he was appointed as Associate Dean for the CTI College.


Abu Dhabi Campus, FF2.0.073A


+9712 599 3693

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of Communication Networking Technologies and Information Security:

Networks and Telecommunications
Operating Systems Administration and Security
Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures
Information Security Technologies
Wireless Sensor Networks and IoT
Cloud Computing

Research and Professional Activities

Recent Research Funded Projects:

Privacy-Preserving Crime Data Mining for Cybercrime Investigation & Detection – in Collaboration with Canada

Characterizing Cyber-threat infrastructure for predicting Cyber-attacks in the UAE – in Collaboration with Canada and Australia

A Case Study on Cloud-based Mobile Network Infrastructure Sharing in the UAE – in collaboration with Scotland

A Security Approach for Smart Grid Environments – in collaboration with Germany and France

An RFID Solution for the Real-time Monitoring of Warehouse Storage-time of Perishable Foods – in collaboration with Germany

Selected Publications:


Omar Alfandi, Arne Bochem, Ansgar Kellner, Christian Göge, and Dieter Hogrefe, “Secure and Authenticated Data Communication in WSNs”, MDPI Sensors Journal 2015, 15(8), 19560-19582; doi:10.3390/s150819560

Amine Boukhtouta, Djedjiga Mouheb, Mourad Debbabi, Omar Alfandi, Farkhund Iqbal and May El Barachi, “Graph-Theoretic Characterization of Cyber-threat Infrastructures”, submitted to the Digital Investigation Journal. Volume 14, Supplement 1, August 2015, Pages S3–S15.

Babar Shah, Farkhund Iqbal, Omar Alfandi and Ki-Il Kim “Efficient Searching and Routing Schemes Based on Fuzzy Logic in Unstructured Mobile Peer-to-Peer Networks”, In press Journal of Multiple- Valued Logic and Soft Computing

Jagadeesha R.B and Omar Alfandi, “Implementation of WSN Protocol on a Heterogeneous Hardware”, Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, Vol. 8, No. 5, pp. 521 – 539, 2013

Youssef Shehadeh, Omar Alfandi, Dieter Hogrefe, “Towards Robust Key Extraction from Multipath Wireless Channels”, IEEE Journal of Communication and Networks 14 (4), pp. 385 – 395, 2012

Omar Alfandi, Ansgar Kellner, Dieter Hogrefe, “A Survey on Measures for Secure Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks”, International Journal of Sensor Networks and Data Communications, Vol. 1, 17 pages, March 2012


Eiman Alothali, Omar Alfandi, Farkhund Iqbal, and Fatna Belqasmi, "Identification and Analysis of Free Games' Permissions in Google Play", in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Systems (ICICS 2015), April 2015

Omar Alfandi, Suhail Ahmed, May ElBarachi, Adil Khan, "Challenges of Leveraging Mobile Sensing Devices in Wireless HealthCare" in Proceedings of the 12th IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference 2015 in USA (CCNC 2015), pp. 697 – 700, January 2015

Omar Alfandi, Arne Bochem, Kirill Bulert, Dieter Hogrefe, Alwin Maier, “Received Signal Strength Indication for Movement Detection” in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Mobile Computing and Ubiquitous Networking in Japan, work in progress session, pp. 82-83, January 2015.

Omar Alfandi, Ansgar Kellner, Arne Bochem and Dieter Hogrefe, “Improving Energy Efficiency of Data Communication in a Hybrid PKI-based Approach for WSNs” in Proceedings of the 10th IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference 2013 (CCNC 2013) in USA, pp. 697 – 700, January 2013

Youssef Shehadeh, Omar Alfandi and Dieter Hogrefe, “On Improving the Robustness of Physical-layer Key Extraction Mechanisms against Delay and Mobility” in Proceedings of 8th International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference 2012 (IWCMC 2012) in Cyprus, pp. 1028 – 1033, August 2012 – Acceptance rate 34.9 % -

Arnab Raha, Arpan Chakraborty, Mrinal Kanti Naskar, Omar Alfandi, Dieter Hogrefe, “A Novel Indirect Trust Based Link State Routing Scheme Using a Robust Route Trust Method for Wireless Sensor Networks”, in Proceedings of fifth IFIP International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS 2012) in Turkey, pp. 1-5, May 2012 – Acceptance rate 32%-

Parisa Memarmoshrefi, Omar Alfandi, Ansgar Kellner, Dieter Hogrefe, “Autonomous Group-based Authentication Mechanism in Mobile Ad-hoc Networks”. In Proceedings of IEEE 11th International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (TrustCom 2012) in UK, pp. 1097 – 1102, June 2012