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Funded by Business Events Perth, the Edith Cowan University Aspire Award is one $5,000 scholarship that will be presented to an ECU staff member to assist in their personal and professional development through attendance at a relevant international conference in their chosen field of endeavour. Award recipients have up to 3 years to use the funds.

2020 Edith Cowan University Aspire Award Winner, Dr Mohiuddin Ahmed

Business Events Perth, in partnership with Edith Cowan University (ECU), has presented the 2020 Aspire Award to cyber security expert Dr Mohiuddin Ahmed.

Now in its 21st year, Business Events Perth’s Aspire Awards sponsor local academics and researchers to attend (and often present at) a relevant international conference in their discipline, to further their professional development and profile Western Australian research on an international stage.

Business Events Perth Chief Executive Officer Gareth Martin said he was privileged to be able to support such an outstanding individual.

“Dr Ahmed’s work is so important in an increasingly digital world and Business Events Perth is pleased to support his attendance to a global cyber security conference, where he will meet, collaborate and share ideas with international experts in his field,” Mr Martin said.

“Western Australia has proven strengths in the field of cyber security and ECU is world-renowned for its cyber security expertise and education, being home to the Australian Centre of Cyber Security Excellence, which we hope will be a major drawcard to attract future conferences in the field of cyber security to the State.”

Dr Ahmed has contributed significantly to the field of cyber security, with multiple publications in academic journals, and a position as an editorial board member of the Cambridge Scholars Publishing Group in the United Kingdom, as well as being Associate Editor of the International Journal of Computers and Applications.

With expertise ranging across artificial intelligence, data and security analytics, blockchain, and edge computing, Dr Ahmed said he plans to use the award to attend the IEEE TrustCom conference, which is one of the top conferences in cyber security, and an excellent opportunity for him to extend his collaboration network across the globe

“If we do not go to face to face conferences, then we are only given a 15-minute slot for a talk. I do not have the chance to chat with my colleagues, or someone who is the best in their particular research area. So that’s why it is extremely important to go and meet the best and brightest minds of my research domain,” said Dr Ahmed.

Edith Cowan University Vice Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman said that “since joining the University in February last year Dr Ahmed has become an integral part of the cyber program within the School of Science. He is also a Senior Member with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which is an honour only reached by 8 per cent of members.

ECU places great value in professional learning and with community connection. This award will enable Dr Ahmed to meet with the best minds of the security research community, to share his findings and build future collaborative partnerships,” said Professor Chapman.