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    Ricardo M. Czekster is a Lecturer in Software Engineering & Cybersecurity at Aston University since Jan/2022.

    His previous appointments include eight years teaching computing in Higher Education Institutes (HEI) in Brazil such as Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS) and Feevale University. He has taught modules such as Introduction to Programming, Object Oriented Programming, Performance Evaluation (Modelling & Simulation), Cybersecurity, and Software Design.

    Besides teaching, Ricardo worked after his PhD at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton (USA) during 2010 and also as Research Associate in Newcastle University (2019-2021).

    In terms of research funding, he was awarded international grants and acted as co-PI at the Newton Research Collaboration Programme (grant number NRCP1617/5/62) in 2016/2017, a joint work with Professor Juliana Bowles (University of St Andrews, Scotland) and also on Brazilian funded research projects (Edital Universal 2016 - CNPq - grant number 403294/2016-9).

    More information on my departmental website, Google Scholar, ResearchGate or LinkedIn.

    Qualifications

    PhD: Mar/2006 to Mar/2010, PUCRS, Brazil

    MSc: Mar/2004 to Jan/2010, PUCRS, Brazil

    BSc: Mar/1998 to Aug/2002, PUCRS, Brazil

    Employment

    • Jan/2022 - present: Lecturer in Computer Science, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Aug/2019 to Dec/2021: Research Associate, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    • Fev/2014 to Jan/2019: Associate Lecturer in Computing, University of Santa Cruz, RS/BR
    • Mar/2011 to Jan/2014: Associate Lecturer in Computing, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, Brazil
    • Jun/2010 to Dec/2010: Researcher, Siemens Corporate Research (SCR), Princeton, USA
    • Mar/2010 to Jun/2010: Assistant Lecturer in Computing, Feevale University, Novo Hamburgo, Brazil

    Research Interests

    Dr Czekster's main research interests verse on resilient and trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems, embedded cyber-security in SDLC, Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI), threat modelling, and dependability.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    I am a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) since January 2022. Please, check my ACM Author Profile Page.

    Since December 2023 I am a member of Open Worldwide Application Security Project (OWASP).

    Professional/editorial offices

    I am an Associate Editor at Iran Journal of Computer Science, and reviewer for distinguished journals.

    Teaching Activity

    My teaching allocation is:

    • 2023/2024 (TP2)
      • CS3SS Delivering Secure Software :: with Dr Zhuangzhuang Dai
      • CS3SG Security, Governance, Risk Management & Policy :: with Dr Paul Grace
    • 2023/2024 (TP1)
      • CS3SP Secure Programming :: with Dr Vitor Jesus
    • 2022/2023 (TP2)
      • CS32SS Delivering Secure Software :: with Dr Zhuangzhuang Dai
      • CS32SG Security, Governance, Risk Management & Policy :: with Dr Paul Grace
    • 2022/2023 (TP1)
      • CS31SP Secure Programming :: with Dr Michal Konecny
    • 2021/2022 (TP2):
      • CS2PLC Programming Language Concepts :: with Dr Michal Konecny
      • CS32SG Security, Governance, Risk Management & Policy :: with Dr Paul Grace and Dr James Borg
      • CS4820 Reliability in Software Engineering (MSc) :: with Ms Abinaya Sowriraghavan

    Administrative Roles

    • Aston related duties
      • Deputy System Administrator (since 2022)
    • Committees on Workshops, Symposia, and Conferences

    Contact Details

    Dr Ricardo Melo Czekster - r.meloczekster@aston.ac.uk

    Lecturer in Software Engineering and Cybersecurity, Aston University

    College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Computer Science & Digital Technologies, Department of Software Engineering and Cybersecurity

    Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

    Room MB211D

    Phone +44 (0) 121 204 4544

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    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

    Keywords

    • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    • Dependability
    • Cyber-security
    • Modelling & Simulation
    • Cyber Threat Intelligence
    • Performance Evaluation

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