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Cybercrime conference accepts undergraduates

Cybercrime conference accepts undergraduates

Majdi and Liangxiu with Edward, James and Zeki

GIVING more opportunities to science undergraduate to conduct research is paying off after three Computer Science students were invited to an international conference.

Edward Knott, Zeki Turedi, both 22, and James Maude, 27, have had papers accepted for the 2nd International Conference on Cybercrime, Security and Digital Forensics (Cyfor-12) in London in May.

The trio, who described their selection as an “amazing opportunity” have co-authored papers on log-file analysis, information extraction and data protection with Drs Liangxiu Han and Majdi Owda, of the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology.

James, who has already been offered PhD funding by MMU said: “I think that being a peer-reviewed researcher as an undergraduate has been an excellent opportunity.

“In the current economic climate students need to go above and beyond to prove their abilities.”

Edward said: “It feels great that experts in the research area recognised our work as a novel contribution.”

The papers, based on final year projects, on the BSc Forensic Computing and BSc Computer Science programmes were titled:

 -       ‘Crime prevention on social networks featuring location based services’- James Maude and Dr Majdi Owda.

-       ‘The detection of potentially illegal activity on financial discussion boards using information extraction’ - Edward Knott and Dr Majdi Owda.

-       ‘A novel automatic log-file analyser for Mac OS X forensics’ - Zeki Turedi and Dr Liangxiu Han.

Dr Owda said: We’ve been putting more emphasis on the opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research, and I’m delighted that three very strong students have risen to the challenge.”

The students said academic support was key to their success.

Zeki said:  "It is amazing to be able to have the opportunity to complete research even as an undergraduate. This is something I personally never thought was achievable but with the support from lecturers and the University it has been made possible."

Added James: “The process has been challenging and very rewarding and my tutor has supported and inspired me throughout. Having tutors within MMU who are involved in industry leading research has really focused me on what can be achieved.”

The International Conference on Cybercrime, Security and Digital Forensics takes place on May 14-15