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Global security conference features six UON doctoral students

Date 24.01.2021

Six doctoral students from the University of Northampton have been part of the prestigious International Conference of Global Security, Safety and Sustainability (ICGS3).

The ICGS3 conference is an established platform in which security, safety and sustainability issues are examined global perspectives through dialogue between academics, students, government representatives, chief executives, security professionals, and research scientists from the United Kingdom and from around the globe.

This year, the virtual conference focused on the challenges of complexity, the rapid pace of change and risk/opportunity issues associated with the 21st century lifestyle, systems and infrastructures.

Set against a backdrop of a global pandemic, the conference explored the way in which governments, business and individuals were forced to quickly embrace digital solutions to enable people to work from home, or diversify business to keep trading. As well as these technologies crossing into everyday life to connect with friends and family while in isolations and lockdowns.

The conference papers from the six UON doctoral students, Nam-Chie Sia, Kamran Abbasi, Ahmed Adel, Wilson Yang, Yousuf Alblooshi and Maryam Azizsafaei, explore the complex reality of security, preparedness and security risk management in a digital landscape.

Dr Amin Hosseinian-Far Associate Professor in the Department of Business Systems and Operations at the University of Northampton, who was also one of the session chairs of the Conference, said: “Security management is a high priority task across all sectors; this year’s ICGS3 provided the opportunity and platform for some of our doctoral researchers, to showcase their current research, and to demonstrate the diverse applications of security management within different contexts.

“I would like to sincerely thank Professor. Hamid Jahankhani, the General Chair of the Conference for the event organisation and his incredible support, and also our doctoral students and their supervisors for their submissions.”

The conference was a great opportunity to meet professionals and Academics in one of the most important topics which is cyber security.

Speaking about the insights the conference gave into future trends, doctoral student, Ahmed Adel, who is also IT director at Ericsson, said: “The conference was a great opportunity to meet professionals and Academics in one of the most important topics which is cyber security. It was obvious that AI is dominating the research and for sure will be the trend in the coming years.”

Doctoral student, Wilson Yang said: “It was a great learning opportunity to be able to participate in the ICGS3-21 conference. Despite the COVID-19 situation, the conference was very valuable, and it was good to hear more about the speakers and their valuable work and knowledge.”

Doctoral student, Nam Chie, said: “The conference, organised virtually, and allows cross border sharing of perspectives, is was truly international! Hearing the latest developments from different countries, like Russia, UK, India, Australia and Singapore, has certainly inspired more deeply research international perspectives in my journey to create new knowledge.

“Security, safety and sustainability are three of the top focuses for my day job in a bank. Presentation made to renown participants in the conference has also given me confidence to do more researches in the fields. Hence, the experience has benefited me in many ways, I want to thank Dr Far for this opportunity to participate in this prestigious international conference.”