Research title: Blockchain-based secure unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) network design and optimization
This PhD research explores leveraging blockchain, 6G networks, and AI to enhance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery services for emergency communication in a secure, privacy-preserving, and energy-efficient manner.
This project investigates blockchain-enabled approaches to securely manage delivery UAV fleets, trajectories, and data sharing for emergency response scenarios. Smart contracts automate protocols while cryptography enhances privacy and security. Access to real-time network/UAV data via 6G enables dynamic route planning through AI to minimize delays during time-critical emergencies.
By unlocking the combined potential of blockchain, 6G, and AI, this research aims to tackle pressing UAV delivery challenges like collision avoidance, range maximization, load balancing, and synchronization while preserving security and privacy.
The results provide insights to streamline UAV coordination, bolster reliability, and actualize autonomous emergency delivery via drones while reducing their carbon footprint. This paves the way for scalable, next-generation green UAV services that are securely optimized for critical scenarios.
- Linux Foundation.
- She was previously honored with a fully funded scholarship from the Government of Pakistan in collaboration with HEC and BERMT.
- Currently, the University of Glasgow has endorsed her.
- GTA (Information Security, Blockchain) MOOC - UESTC
- GTA (UESTC- APSS)
- Demonstrator and Tutor (School of Engineering)
- Demonstrator (School of Physics Astronomy)
SANA HAFEEZ received a B.S. degree in software engineering from the Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Mirpur, and a M.S. degree in computer science from COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2020. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering in autonomous systems and connectivity with the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K. She served as Investigator Supervisor with the Cybercrimes Division of the Law Enforcement Agencies in Islamabad and the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Police. Her research interests include artificial intelligence, unmanned aerial vehicles, blockchain, vehicular networks, and intelligent wireless networking. She is also a Member of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Group (EDIG), SCOPE- UOG Representator University of Glasgow, IEEE Women in Engineering, WIDS, and IEEE Young Professionals.