Dr. Issa Khalil

Issa khalil
Principal Scientist
Cyber Security
QCRI is a wonderful place to work in the Middle East as it both satisfies my career goals and my family needs.

Research Focus at QCRI

Dr. Khalil’s research interests span the areas of wireless and wireline communications networks. He is especially interested in security, routing, and performance of wireless sensor, ad hoc and mesh networks. Dr. Khalil’s current research is geared towards systems’ security including cloud computing security, smart grid/city security, and E-Health security.

Previous Experience

Through his research, Dr. Khalil  has sought to enable the deployment of Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor networks (WAHAS) in situations where the data is critical, e.g., the monitoring of environmental conditions in a public place like an airport. He has developed a comprehensive suite of protocols to enable mobility in such environments, e.g., cars communicating reliably and securely with one another in an ad-hoc network. He has developed the primitive called local monitoring whereby a node in a network can monitor the runtime behavior of neighboring nodes. This primitive can be applied to the detection of a large class of attacks in WAHAS networks.

Professional Experience

  • Coordinator/Information Security Track/ College of Information Technology/United Arab Emirates University/UAE (2012-2013)
  • Associate Professor/ College of Information Technology/United Arab Emirates University/UAE (2011-2013)
  • Assistant Professor/College of Information Technology/United Arab Emirates University/UAE (2007-2011)
  • Post-Doc/ Dependable Systems Lab/Purdue University/USA (2006-2007)
  • Research Assistant/Dependable Systems Lab/Purdue University/USA (2003-2006)
  • General Director/Information and Communications Center/Al-Quds Open University/Palestine (1996-2003)

Professional Associations and Awards

  • Outstanding Professor Award for outstanding performance in research, teaching, and services, College of Information Technology, UAEU, 2011
  • Research Champion Award, Dependable Computing Systems Laboratory (DCSL), Purdue University, 2007
  • Research Champion Award, Dependable Computing Systems Laboratory (DCSL), Purdue University, 2006
  • Fulbright Scholarship for Ph.D. Studies, US Department of State (2003-2006)


  • Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, 2006
  • M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, 1996
  • B.Sc., Computer Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, 1994

Selected Research

  • I. Khalil, A. Khreishah, F. Ahmed, and K. Shuaib, "Dependable Wireless Sensor Networks for Reliable and Secure Humanitarian Relief Applications," Ad Hoc Networks (an Elsevier Journal). Accepted on June 17, 2012.
  • A. Khreishah, I. Khalil, and J. Wu, “Low Complexity and Provably Efficient Algorithm for Joint Inter and Intra-session Network Coding in Wireless Networks,” IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems.
  • I. Khalil and S. Bagchi, “Stealthy attacks in wireless ad hoc networks: detection and countermeasure,” IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Volume 10, Issue 8, pp. 1096-1112, 2011.
  • I. Khalil, “ELMO: Energy aware local monitoring in sensor networks,” IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp. 523-536, 2011.

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