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Global use of mobile devices has exploded in recent years, driven by society’s need for anytime, anywhere services at the touch of a button. Yet, privacy concerns over access to ubiquitous data remain a concern in adopting this technology. With the right mobile platform, users can enjoy a myriad of conveniences in their daily lives from personal home security alerts to “smart” appliances to real-time traffic information, without compromising privacy by giving users control of the information they share. Dr. Khalid Elgazzar, a Canada Research Chair in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is developing cutting-edge methods to advance wireless technologies that will ensure the seamless interaction of smart services across critical areas such as health care, transportation, emergency response and law enforcement, and industrial automation. His CRC research agenda supports the expansion of Internet-enabled computing devices and advancements in wireless technologies. He is examining ways to embed computing devices such as data sensors in physical environments to create “smart spaces” where information can be relayed in real-time to help people live smarter, safer and more productive lives. His research also includes the development of a robust authorization control system to protect users’ privacy. The technology in embedded computing devices such as sensors can revolutionize the way people carry out everyday tasks, something society is becoming increasingly reliant on in everyday life. Previously, Dr. Elgazzar was an Assistant Professor at the Center of Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the School of Computing at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he has lectured; along with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Arab Academy for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Elgazzar holds a PhD in Computer Science from Queen’s University. He earned a Master of Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer and Communication Engineering from Alexandria University in Egypt. Recognizing the of future technology, his keen interest in computer networking and model computing evolved into the idea of using mobile devices as a platform for people to not only access information online, but use it to improve efficiencies in their daily lives.


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Carnegie Mellon University

May 1, 2015

During his one-year postdoctoral research role, Dr. Elgazzar led the effort to create core infrastructure support for an open and integrated IoT stack with innovations at the hardware, software and end-user levels (known as GIoTTO). GIoTTO provides a rich tool set and reconfigurable testbed for developers and researchers to build an IoT ecology system.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Queen’s University

September 1, 2014

Dr. Elgazzar is leading a team to develop a general purpose mobile sensing platform that offers sensing as a service on demand for IoT scenarios. The platform provides mechanisms to abstract low-level sensing functionality from both the underlaying infrastructure and application-level demands to enable high flexibility.

Best Paper Award, The 6th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing

December 9, 2013

Dr. Elgazzar received this award for his paper entitled: Empowering Mobile Service Provisioning Through Cloud Assistance in the conference held in Dresden, Germany.

Queen's University

PhD - Computer Science

Arab Academy for Science and Technology

MSc - Computer Engineering
Distinction in Research

Alexandria University

BSc - Computer and Communication Engineering
  • Canada Research Chair (CRC) in the Internet of Things (IoT)

    $1,221,194  | January 1, 2018

    Awarded by: CRC Secretariat
    Dr. Elgazzar’s five-year CRC research program involves the development of “smart” spaces using embedded sensors to provide personalized services in a variety of environments that will enable people to conduct personal and professional tasks on the go while maintaining data privacy.

  • Building Open and Interoperable Useroriented Internet of Things

    $173,905  | January 1, 2018

    Awarded by: Canada Foundation for Innovation
    As principal investigator of this five-year research project, Dr. Elgazzar aims to develop a smart city environment by deploying cameras on intersections that will feed real-time video streams into campus systems, in order to analyze and determine whether an event of interest such as a traffic violation or accident is occurring. In collaboration with the City of Oshawa, the infrastructure for this project will be built on UOIT’s campus.

  • CrisisEye: Smart Video-based Information Sharing Platform for Public Safety

    $10,000  | November 1, 2017

    Awarded by: U.S. Ignite
    As co-investigator of this one-year research project, Dr. Elgazzar is developing an app for mobile devices and emergency vehicle dash cams that can crowdsource, register and stream public data and video of real-time events into a command centre to be assessed for immediate action by emergency response operators.

  • Improving Student Learning in Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering by Enabling the Development, Sharing and Interoperability of Active Learning Resources

    $805,203  | September 1, 2017

    Awarded by: National Science Foundation
    In collaboration with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Iowa State University and BYU Iowa University, Dr. Elgazzar is a co-investigator on this four-year research project aimed at developing an online learning platform to enable hydrology students to visualize data and understand prediction models related to rainfall, flooding or weather forecasting.

  • Dynamic Access Control for IoT Deployments

    $286,432  | July 1, 2017

    Awarded by: Louisiana Board of Regents
    As the principal investigator of this three-year research project, Dr. Elgazzar is focused on the privacy and protection of data that is stored in sensors or personal devices such as pacemakers in an open environment. He is currently developing a privacy preservation access technique that would enable only the user and an authorized entity to access the data and sensors in their proximity.

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  • Past speaking engagements
    • An Empirical Study of Latency in an Emerging Class of Edge Computing Applications

      San Jose/Freemont, California
      October 12, 2017

      The Second ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing (SEC 2017)

    • QuARAM Service Recommender: A Platform for IaaS Service Selection

      Shanghai, China
      December 6, 2016

      The 9th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2016)

    • The Case of Face Recognition on Mobile Devices

      Doha, Qatar
      April 3, 2016

      IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference

    • Authentication and Access Control in e-Health Systems in the Cloud

      New York City, New York
      April 9, 2016

      The 2nd IEEE International Conference on Big Data Security on Cloud

    • SLAM: SLA Monitoring for Federated Cloud Services

      Limassol, Cyprus
      December 7, 2015

      The 8th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing

    • A Framework for Vehicular Cloud Computing

      Shenzhen, China
      October 19, 2015

      The 2015 International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo

    • goDiscovery: Web Service Discovery Made Efficient

      New York City, New York
      June 27, 2015

      The 22nd IEEE International Conference on Web Services

    • QuARAMRecommender: Case-Based Reasoning for IaaS Service Selection

      Imperial College, London, England
      September 8, 2014

      The International Conference on Cloud and Autonomic Computing (CAC 2014)

    • Secure and Effcient Data Placement in Mobile Healthcare Services

      Munich, Germany
      September 1, 2014

      The 25th International Conference on Database and Expert (DEXA 2014)

    • Near-Clouds: Bringing Public Clouds to Users’ Doorsteps

      Madeira, Portugal
      June 23, 2014

      The 9th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications

    • Best Paper Award: Empowering Mobile Service Provisioning Through Cloud Assistance

      Dresden, Germany
      December 9, 2013

      The 6th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing

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