Dr Liqaa Nawaf

Dr Liqaa Nawaf

Department: Department of Computer Science

Office/Location: Cardiff School of Technologies, Llandaff Campus


Email: LLLNawaf@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Staff Overview

Dr Liqaa Nawaf is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Technologies, and the Programme Director for MSc Information Technology Management & MSc Technology Project Management. She holds a BSc (Hons), MSc Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the New York Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. degree in the area of Distributed and Scientific Computing from the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University. She holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

She is an expert in networks, artificial intelligence and cyber security. She is particularly interested in understanding how artificial intelligence techniques could be used to support in distributed systems, and the use of these techniques in various application areas.


CIS4011 Information & Risk

CIS4002 Architecture and Operating Systems

CIS5010 Network and Communication

CIS5019 Cyber Sec Arch & Ops

CIS6006 Cyber Security and Cryptography

CIS6001 Computer Science Dissertation Project

CIS7028 Information Security

CIS7016 Research Methods

CIS7017 Technology Dissertation

CIS7015 Team Software Development Project


  • ​Cyber Security Architecture 
  • Phishing email assessment tool
  • Optimization of Wireless Mesh Networks
  • IoT Technologies threat on wireless networks

Key Publications

​Mohamed Yousif, Chaminda Hewage, Liqaa Nawaf (2021).
IoT Technologies during and Beyond COVID-19: A Comprehensive Review. In Future Internet Journal. DOI: 10.3390/fi13050105
Future Internet | Free Full-Text | IoT Technologies during and Beyond COVID-19: A Comprehensive Review (mdpi.com)

Zainab Alkhalil, Chaminda Hewage, Liqaa Nawaf and Imtiaz Khan (2021)
Phishing Attacks: Recent Comprehensive Study and a New Anatomy
In Frontiers in Computer Science Journal. Front. Computer. Sci. | DOI: 10.3389/fcomp.2021.563060
Frontiers | Phishing Attacks: Recent Comprehensive Study and a New Anatomy | Computer Science (frontiersin.org)

Nawaf, L., Hewage, C. & Carroll, F. (2020). Minimization of Cyber Security Threats Caused by COVID-19 Pandemic. ICICT 2021 (Sixth International Congress on Information and Communication Technology).

Liqaa Nawaf, Optimizing IoT Security by Implementing Artificial Intelligence. (2020)
Infosecurity-magazine. https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/next-gen-infosec/optimizing-iot-ai/

Liqaa F. Nawaf, Stuart M. Allen, Omer Rana (2018). Optimizing Infrastructure Placement in Wireless Mesh Networks using NSGA-II Type: Conference Paper 20th International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications; IEEE 16th International Conference on Smart City; IEEE 4th Intl. Conference on Data Science and Systems. June 2018. DOI: 10.1109/HPCC/SmartCity/DSS.2018.00271

Liqaa Nawaf, S.M. Allen, and O. Rana (2017). Internet Transit Access Point placement and bandwidth allocation in Wireless Mesh Networks. Type: Conference Paper in Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference (CCWC), 2017 IEEE 7th Annual (pp.1-8). IEEE. January 2017. DOI: 10.1109/CCWC.2017.7868436. This publication was presented in Las Vegas at IEEE conference and was awarded best paper at the conference.

Liqaa Nawaf, C. Mumford, and S. Allen (2015). Optimizing the Placement of ITAPs in Wireless Mesh Networks by Implementing HC and SA Algorithms. Type: Conference Paper International Conference on Ad Hoc Networks. Springer International. September 2015. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-25067-0_3

Alkhalil Zainab, Hewage Chaminda, Nawaf Liqaa, Khan Imtiaz. (2019) The Causes and Effects of Phishing Attacks. March 2019 Conference: Speaking of Science Conference. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.21466.59841.

Alkhalil Zainab, Hewage Chaminda, Nawaf Liqaa, Khan Imtiaz. (2019). Human Side of Phishing Attacks. March 2019 Conference: CREST Conference 2019Affiliation: Cardiff Metropolitan University. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.35727.23205.

Other Projects and activities

​Dr Nawaf has been successful in securing a number of projects from the Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) funded by HEFW exploring different aspects of cybersecurity and awareness, as well as from the Global Academies Research and Innovation Development Fund.

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