Prof Prashant Pillai has over 15 years of research experience and specializes in the area of Communication protocols and Cyber Security. He is currently the Director of the Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute. The Institute comprises of over 10 academic staff and focuses of research in the area of Cyber Security and intelligent and secure cyber physical systems/IoT.
Prof Pillai was previously a Reader in Cyber Security and the Head of the Cyber Research Group at Oxford Brookes University. Prior to that he was Deputy Head of Electrical Engineering at the University of Bradford. He was also the Director of PG Research for over 4 years and oversaw all aspects of the PGR provision for the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, ranging from strategic planning, policy development, process management, recruitment and marketing, and day-to-day operational and administrative duties.
He has assisted in acquiring a research income of over £2.5m over the last 6 years with grants funded by EU, Innovate UK, ESA, Britich Council, etc. Prof Pillai has co-edited 2 books and has co-authored around 90 peer reviewed papers at leading journals and conferences and 3 book chapters. He has supervised 40 MSc, 35 Final Year, 6 PhD and 1 MPhil projects to completion.
He is the Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and an Editor of the Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences (JETEAS).
He was recently appointed as a Co-Chair of the 5G-Satellite subgroup of the IEEE 5G Technology Roadmap Working Group. He was also recently appointed a founding member of the IEEE special interest group on Big Data for Cyber Security and Privacy.