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Dr Zahra Pooranian

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Room 134

Building location

Polly Vacher

Areas of interest

Cloud/Fog Computing

Smart Grid Systems

Cloud Storage Security

Data Privacy

Applied AI/ML and Optimization


CS2QT19 and CSMBD21

Research centres and groups



Zahra has been a lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Reading since August 2023. Zahra Pooranian was a postdoctoral fellow in Network Security at the 5GIC & 6GIC, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK since 2020 to July 2023. Zahra has participated in/contributed to two projects: PASSCOINFOG (funded by Huawei-finalized) and AUTOTRUST (Funded by European Space Agency-ongoing). Before, she was a postdoctoral at The Alan Turing Institute and worked on National Privacy Project in London, UK. She was working on Enhancing Security and Privacy of National Identity Systems project. From 2017 to 2019, she was postdoctoral in network security under the supervision of Prof. Mauro Conti at the University of Padua, Padua, Italy. She was part of the Security and Privacy Through Zeal (SPRITZ) research group and worked on a European H2020 project, TagItSmart! - Smart Tags-driven service platform for enabling ecosystems of connected objects. Her main activities include but are not limited to cloud/fog storage security and privacy and applying AI/ML techniques for malware detection. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, in February 2017. She was honored to be supervised by Prof. Enrico Tronci on Automating Design of Smart Grid Systems. Besides, she was involved in the FP7 project SmartHG (Energy Demand Aware Open Services for Smart Grid Intelligent Automation).

Academic qualifications


Awards and honours


  • ERCIM Research Fellow at, CNR, Pisa, Italy, (September 2023-August 2024)

  • Visiting Research Associate Fellowship, University of Ryerson, Toronto, ON, Canada, (May 2019-October 2019)

  • Research Associate Fellowship, European H2020 Support, University of Padua, Padua, Italy, (May 2017-May 2019)
  • Review Certificate Award in Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA), (27 October 2016)


  • [December 2020] Invited Speaker, ICTALK-2020 virtual event organized by the National University of Chimborazo (Ecuador), speaking about “Side-Channel Attack in Cloud Storage.” Video!


  • IEEE INFOCOM workshop- Honolulu, USA, April 2018
  • IEEE SOFTCOM conference- Split, September 2016
  • IEEE ICFIT conference- Singapore, September 2011


  • Certificate LITEC-IRAN L.P.I, Sharif University, CCNA, March 2013
  • Certificate LITEC-IRAN L.P.I, Sharif University, CCNP, May 2013
  • Certificate LITEC-IRAN L.P.I, Sharif University, Web Design, June 2013


Professional bodies/affiliations

  • IEEE, Senior Member

Selected publications

Google Scholar



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