Dr Chaminda Hewage

Dr Chaminda Hewage

Department: Department of Computer Science

Office/Location: Cardiff School of Technologies, Llandaff Campus

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2041 6253

Email: chewage@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Staff Overview

Chaminda Hewage is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Computer Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK where he is also the Programme Director (PD) for Computer Security. He received a B.Sc. Engineering (First Class Honours Degree) in Electrical and Information Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna (Sri Lanka) in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Multimedia Communications from the University of Surrey (UK) in 2009. He was awarded the Gold Medal for best performance in Engineering (2014) by the University of Ruhuna for his achievements in undergraduate studies at the General Convocation held in 2004. After graduation, he joined Sri Lanka Telecom (Pvt.) Ltd. (Sri Lanka) as a Telcommunication Engineer (2004). In September 2005 he was awarded the Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS) award by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (Universities UK) to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Surrey, UK. In 2014, he received a Post-Graduate Certification in HE Teaching and Learning from Kingston University – London. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK.​


Dr Hewage is a fellow of the HEA. He is currently teaching a number of UG and PG modules specialised in information security and networking.

Dr Hewage supervises a number of PhD Research projects in the field of Cyber security. He is also acting as the External Examiner for Bournemouth and Plymouth Universities for Computing, Software Engineering and Networking Degree Programmes.


Dr Hewage is the leader of the Cybersecurity, Information Networks Centre (CINC) at CST. This centre aims to advance the state of the art in Cyber security and information networks. He currently supervises a number of PhD students in the areas of Cyber Security, which ranges from Cyber Diplomacy to Threat Modelling. His research interests include Data Security, Data Protection, Quality of Security (QoSec), and Information Security Governance.

After completing his Ph.D. in 2008, he joined i-Lab, University of Surrey as a Research Fellow. In 2009, he joined the Wireless Multimedia Networking (WMN) Research Group at Kingston University – London as a Senior Researcher. He is attached to the Computing Department at Cardiff Metropolitan University as a Senior Lecturer since October 2015.

He worked as the Senior Researcher in a number of national and international research projects, funded by the European Commission (e.g., FP6 Visnet II, FP7 OPTIMIX, FP7 CONCERTO, FP7 Qualinet, FP7 3DConTourNet), UK research councils, Innovate UK, and industries.

An IEEE Member, he is part of international committees and expert groups, including the IEEE Multimedia Communications technical committee, where he serves as Web Manager of the 3D Rendering, Processing, and Communications Interest Group.

Key Publications

IoT Technologies during and beyond COVID-19: A Comprehensive Review,
M Yousif, C Hewage, L Nawaf, Future Internet 13 (5), 105, 2021

Preventing Spoilation of Evidence with Blockchain: A Perspective from South Asia,
A Shahaab, C Hewage, K Imtiaz, 2021 3rd International Conference on Blockchain Technology (ICBCT 2021), 1-6 2021

Minimization of Cyber Security Threats Caused by COVID-19 Pandemic,
L Nawaf, C Hewage, F Carroll, Sixth International Congress on Information and Communication Technology 2021

Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies for Integrating Cyber Security and Safety in Engineering Practice, 
C Hewage, The Engineering Technology Open Access Journal 3 (5), 5 1, 2021

Phishing Attacks: A Recent Comprehensive Study and a New Anatomy, Z Alkhalil, C Hewage, L Nawaf, I Khan
Frontiers in Computer Science 3, 6, 2021

Security and privacy issues associated with Coronavirus diagnosis and prognosis
V Benthotahewa, C Hewage, J Williams
EAI International Conference on AI-assisted Solutions for COVID-19 2020

Gender Balance in ICT: Sri Lankan Perspective in Data Protection
V Benthotahewa, C Hewage, J Williams
International Women in Engineering Symposium 2020 (WIESymp2020) 2020

Blockchain-A Panacea For Trust Challenges In Public Services? A Socio-technical Perspective
A Shahaab, R Maude, C Hewage, I Khan
The Journal of The British Blockchain Association, 14128 4 2020

Multimedia Quality of Experience (QoE): Current Status and Future Direction
C Hewage, E Ekmekcioglu
Future Internet 12 (7), 3 1 2020

Time varying quality estimation for HTTP based adaptive video streaming
CTER Hewage, MG Martini
2020 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo Workshops (ICMEW), 1-6, 1, 2020

A Decoding-Complexity and Rate-Controlled Video-Coding Algorithm for HEVC
T Mallikarachchi, D Talagala, H Kodikara Arachchi, C Hewage, ...
Future Internet 12 (7), 120 2 2020

Data Cleaning: Challenges and Novel Solutions
V Wylde, E Prakash, C Hewage, J Platts
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic Has Unleashed a Wave of Cyber Attacks—Here’s How to Protect Yourself
C Hewage
The Conversation 31 4 2020

Managing Gender Change Information on Immutable Blockchain in Context of GDPR
A Shahaab, R Maude, C Hewage, I Khan
The Journal of The British Blockchain Association, 1-8 3 2020

Quality of Experience (QoE)-Aware Fast Coding Unit Size Selection for HEVC Intra-Prediction
B Erabadda, T Mallikarachchi, C Hewage, A Fernando
Future Internet 11 (8), 175 2 2019

Blockchain Inspired Security for Government Organisations
A Shahaab, C Hewage, I Khan
CREST Conference 2019 (CRESTCon2019) 2019

Applicability and Appropriateness of Distributed Ledgers Consensus Protocols in Public and Private Sectors: A Systematic Review
IK Ali Shahaab, Ben Langley, Chaminda Hewage
IEEE Access, 1-15 30* 2019

Quality of experience and quality of service metrics for 3D content
M Barreda-Ángeles, F Battisti, G Boato, M Carli, E Dumic, M Gelautz, ...
3D Visual Content Creation, Coding and Delivery, 267-297 2019

Investigation of Three-Dimentional Image Security based on Improved Image Randomised Encryption Method
R Hamza, C Hewage, F Titouna
NED University Journal of Research

A Learned Polyalphabetic Decryption Cipher
RJB C. Hewage, A. Jayal, G. Jenkins
Simulation Notes Europe (SNE) 28 (4)

All my research publications can be found on the external sources below:

Other Projects and activities

Dr Hewage has successfully secured three Knowledge Transfer Projects (KTP) with his recently concluded KTP project with Yards Digital Limited titled: Business intelligence through web analytics receiving the best possible rating by the InnovateUK. His current knowledge transfer project aims at building an intelligent mobile application for a window cleaning business to improve its productivity and reduce waste. Dr Hewage is currently managing two European Social Fund (ESF) - Knowledge Exchange Skills Scholarship (KESS) II funded projects.

Member of EPSRC Peer Review College

CyberFirst Ambassador – National Cyber Security Centre

STEM Ambassador for Wales

External Links

Proactive member of Cyber Wales 

Member of Chartered Institute of Information Security (MCIIS)

Certified Ethical Hacker

Member of IEEE