sana hafeez

s.hafeez.1@research.gla.ac.uk

PGR Division Representative 

ASC Representative 

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/my-orcid?orcid=0000-0003-4769-4284

Research title: Blockchain-based secure unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) network design and optimization

Research Summary

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 and 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.

Publications

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Number of items: 7.

2024

Hafeez, S., Shawky, M. A. , Al-Quraan, M., Mohjazi, L. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2024) BETA-UAV: Blockchain-based efficient authentication for secure UAV communication [Pre-print]. arXiv,

Hafeez, S., Cheng, R. , Mohjazi, L. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2024) A blockchain-enabled framework of UAV coordination for post-disaster networks [Pre-print]. arXiv, (doi: 10.48550/arXiv.2402.15331)

Hafeez, S., Mohjazi, L. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2024) Blockchain-enabled Clustered and Scalable Federated Learning (BCS-FL) framework in UAV networks [Pre-print]. arXiv, (doi: 10.48550/arXiv.2402.05973)

2023

Hafeez, S., Manzoor, H. U., Mohjazi, L. , Zoha, A. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2023) Blockchain-Empowered Immutable and Reliable Delivery Service (BIRDS) Using UAV Networks. In: 2023 IEEE International Workshop on Computer Aided Modeling and Design of Communication Links and Networks (IEEE CAMAD), Edinburgh, UK, 6–8 Nov 2023, (Accepted for Publication)

Hafeez, S., Mohjazi, L. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2023) Blockchain-enabled Clustered and Scalable Federated Learning (BCS-FL) Framework in UAV Networks. In: 2023 IEEE International Workshop on Computer Aided Modeling and Design of Communication Links and Networks (IEEE CAMAD), Edinburgh, UK, 6–8 Nov 2023, (Accepted for Publication)

Hafeez, S., Khan, A. R., Al-Quraan, M., Mohjazi, L. , Zoha, A. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2023) Blockchain-assisted UAV communication systems: a comprehensive survey. IEEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology, 4, pp. 558-580. (doi: 10.1109/OJVT.2023.3295208)

Hafeez, S., Shawky, M. A. , Al-Quraan, M., Mohjazi, L. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2023) BETA-UAV: Blockchain-based Efficient and Trusted Authentication for UAV Communication. In: 2022 IEEE 22nd International Conference on Communication Technology (ICCT), Nanjing, China, 11-14 Nov 2022, ISBN 9781665470681 (doi: 10.1109/ICCT56141.2022.10072981)

This list was generated on Mon Mar 4 23:32:30 2024 GMT.
Number of items: 7.

Articles

Hafeez, S., Shawky, M. A. , Al-Quraan, M., Mohjazi, L. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2024) BETA-UAV: Blockchain-based efficient authentication for secure UAV communication [Pre-print]. arXiv,

Hafeez, S., Cheng, R. , Mohjazi, L. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2024) A blockchain-enabled framework of UAV coordination for post-disaster networks [Pre-print]. arXiv, (doi: 10.48550/arXiv.2402.15331)

Hafeez, S., Mohjazi, L. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2024) Blockchain-enabled Clustered and Scalable Federated Learning (BCS-FL) framework in UAV networks [Pre-print]. arXiv, (doi: 10.48550/arXiv.2402.05973)

Hafeez, S., Khan, A. R., Al-Quraan, M., Mohjazi, L. , Zoha, A. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2023) Blockchain-assisted UAV communication systems: a comprehensive survey. IEEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology, 4, pp. 558-580. (doi: 10.1109/OJVT.2023.3295208)

Conference Proceedings

Hafeez, S., Manzoor, H. U., Mohjazi, L. , Zoha, A. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2023) Blockchain-Empowered Immutable and Reliable Delivery Service (BIRDS) Using UAV Networks. In: 2023 IEEE International Workshop on Computer Aided Modeling and Design of Communication Links and Networks (IEEE CAMAD), Edinburgh, UK, 6–8 Nov 2023, (Accepted for Publication)

Hafeez, S., Mohjazi, L. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2023) Blockchain-enabled Clustered and Scalable Federated Learning (BCS-FL) Framework in UAV Networks. In: 2023 IEEE International Workshop on Computer Aided Modeling and Design of Communication Links and Networks (IEEE CAMAD), Edinburgh, UK, 6–8 Nov 2023, (Accepted for Publication)

Hafeez, S., Shawky, M. A. , Al-Quraan, M., Mohjazi, L. , Imran, M. A. and Sun, Y. (2023) BETA-UAV: Blockchain-based Efficient and Trusted Authentication for UAV Communication. In: 2022 IEEE 22nd International Conference on Communication Technology (ICCT), Nanjing, China, 11-14 Nov 2022, ISBN 9781665470681 (doi: 10.1109/ICCT56141.2022.10072981)

This list was generated on Mon Mar 4 23:32:30 2024 GMT.

Grants

  • 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.

Teaching

  • GTA (Information Security, Blockchain) MOOC - UESTC
  • GTA (UESTC-APSS)
  • Demonstrator and Tutor (School of Engineering)
  • Demonstrator (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Additional Information

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.