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Dr. Ferheen Ayaz

Research Fellow, University of Sussex

School of Engineering and Informatics

Richmond Building, Brighton, Falmer, BN1 9RH, UK



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Dr. Ferheen Ayaz is a Research Fellow at University of Sussex working on the project of Green, Connected and Prosperous Britain funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. She is formulating energy-efficient solutions for electric vehicle charging utilising vehicle-to-grid (V2G) networks. She works with project collaborators from London South Bank University, Imperial College London and University of Essex. Her research aims to investigate and strengthen links between 5G platforms and energy sector to improve flexibility and resilience, cut consumer costs and carbon emissions.

She was an Associate Researcher working on Multimodal AI-based Security at the Edge (MAISE) with University of Glasgow in partnership with ST Microelectronics and funded by Petras in 2021-2022. The project was aimed to ensure security of intelligent IoT devices. She worked closely with officials of STMicroelectronics to achieve research objectives.


Besides her main research projects, she has also worked as a part-time research fellow in University of Sussex on the project of environmental sustainability through IoT based flood monitoring and green and autonomous UAVs in March and July 2022, respectively.

She completed her PhD thesis on the topic of blockchain solutions for the security and privacy of vehicular networks particularly message dissemination in 2022. The research utilised blockchain for security in vehicular communications, thereby ensuring safe transportation. The research was funded by University of Sussex and partially supported by SEED project funded by H2020 EPSRC Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant. She also has research experience of physical layer communication technologies including Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access (NOMA) and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) communications.

She received funding from IEEE for industrial placement at Kinseed. She was the recipient of N2Women Fellowship 2020. She served in the Technical Program Committee of IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2021. She is currently serving as the Lead Guest Editor for Research Topic "Sustainable Future of Transportation through Electric and Connected Vehicles" in Frontiers in Future Transportation.


Research Areas

        Electric vehicular and vehicular Communications

        Energy efficiency and environment sustainability

        Security, privacy, blockchain

        Machine learning, deep neural networks and federated learning


Teaching Experience

Certified as AFHEA.

Designed experiments, manuals, conducted labs, workshops and performed assessment for the following subjects:

        C Programming language

        Embedded Systems

        Introduction to Computer Science

        Electricity and Electronics