Dr Umar Raza received his BSc in Engineering Electronics from (DeMontfort Leicester), MSc in Electronics and Computer Based Systems Design from (Huddersfield University). He completed his PhD in the Application of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) to the plastics industry at the Polymer IRC Laboratory at the University of Bradford. He has worked in industry for 7 years as a Software Engineer and then moved back into academia as a Lecturer in Robotics, Networking and Computing at Staffordshire University. His interests include application of the Internet of Things (IOT) concept, Service Orientated Architecture (SOA), WSN, Robotics and Embedded hardware/software to industrial, smart cities, and agricultural environments. He is currently working as a Lecturer in Computer and Networking Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University and is the Manager/Coordinator of the recently created Cisco Network Academy in School of Engineering at MMU.
I am really fascinated by Internet of Things technologies and wireless communications. I am particularly interested in research and development of communication technologies for IoTs and Cyber Physical Systems, Industrial IoT, Agriculture, electrical energy monitoring/management, transport, water, critical infrastructures protection, home automation.
University of Bradford 2014
PhD: A Service Orientated Architecture enabled Wireless Sensor
Network approach applied to measurement and visualization of a Micro Injection Moulding Process.
Staffordshire University 2007 Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods (PGC-RM) Postgraduate Certificate in Professional and Higher Education ( PGCPHE)
Huddersfield University 1995
MSc Electronics and Computer Based Systems Design
DeMontfort University Leicester BSc (Hons) Engineering Electronics
EuroMan Partners Ltd, Application Software Engineer 1995-1997
Siemens Traffic Control Ltd, Software Engineer 1997-2000
Kasher Technologies, Senior Partner 2000 -2003
Staffordshire University, Lecturer Robotics and Computer Games, 2003 - 2009
Staffordshire University, Lecturer Virtualisation, Embedded and Critical systems, 2013 - 2015
Cisco Network Academy and Coordination and Management
In the age of the Internet of Things, environments and devices are becoming more connected and have more information associated with them. It is predicted that there will be more than 20 billion things connected to the internet by 2020. Most of these will not be computers, tablets or even mobile phones but they they willl be embedded and ordinary devices.
Different environments (industrial, Medical, Agricultural, Cities) made up of various entities including vehicles, buildings, manufacturung machines, clothing, portable devices and other objects will have the ability to sense, analyse, communicate, network and produce new information. These devices, the systems and infrastructure they use, and the applications to process the data all need developing and maintaining. Central to that are the embedded computers, software, networks and applications that could be developed.
This course has been designed to provide the specialist knowledge and expertise required for a professional career in Computer (embedded systems) and Networking Technology. It combines the application of essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of computer (embedded systems) and network technology and the underpinning science and mathematics with practical skills acquired through work in the laboratories and workshops.
This course has been developed in partnership with Cisco through their academic Cisco Network Academy and integrates training material which will allow you to achieve professional certificiation.You'll learn about important industry certifications, such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).
You will be able to synthesise solutions and formulate designs through the use of PC laboratories, embedded devices (Arduino, Raspberry Pi etc.) and Cisco Networking devices (switches, routers). You will also have the opportunity to work on live company projects with other students, for example, through designing an IoT based Virtual Power Plant system for managing energy demand and consumption.
Computer Systems 1
Computer and Network Technology 2(CNT2)
Professional Design and Practice (Live Projects)
Advanced Computer and Network Technology
Final Year Projects
MSc Project Supervision
2 MSc supervisions
1 Phd supervison
Wireless Sensor Networks for Industrial environments
Service Orientated Architecture for Industrial devices
Web based data analytics using WSO2
Cyber Physical Systems for Industrial, Agricultural environments
University of Bradford
O. Aldabbas, A. Abuarqoub, M. Hammoudeh, U. Raza, A. Bounceur (2016). Unmanned Ground Vehicle for Data Collection in Wireless Sensor Networks: Mobility-aware Sink Selection. The Open Automation and Control Systems Journal. 8, pp.35-46.
L. Farhan, R. Kharel, O. Kaiwartya, M. Quiroz, U. Raza, et al. (2018). LQOR: Link Quality-Oriented Route Selection on Internet of Things Networks for Green Computing. In: IEEE. Budapest, Hungary, 18/7/2018.
Y. Almadani, M. Ijaz, S. Rajbhandari, B. Adebisi, U. Raza (2018). Application of Visible Light Communication in an Industrial Environment. In: 2018 11th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks & Digital Signal Processing (CSNDSP). 18/7/2018.
J. Saleem, M. Hammoudeh, U. Raza, B. Adebisi, R. Ande (2018). IoT standardisation. In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Future Networks and Distributed Systems - ICFNDS '18. 26/6/2018.
L. Farhan, ST. Shukur, AE. Alissa, M. Alrweg, U. Raza, et al. (2017). A survey on the challenges and opportunities of the Internet of Things (IoT). In: 2017 Eleventh International Conference on Sensing Technology (ICST). 4/12/2017. pp.1-5.
I. Ghafir, V. Prenosil, M. Hammoudeh, L. Han, U. Raza (2017). Malicious SSL certificate detection: A step towards advanced persistent threat defence. In: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. Cambridge, United Kingdom, 19/7/2017.
U. Raza, J. Lomax, I. Ghafir, R. Kharel, B. Whiteside (2017). An IoT and business processes based approach for the monitoring and control of high value-added manufacturing processes. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Future Networks and Distributed Systems - ICFNDS '17. 19/7/2017.
R. Kharel, U. Raza, SUNDAY. EKPO, K. Busawon (2016). Chaotic Secure Digital Communication Scheme Using Auxiliary Systems. 10th IEEE/IET International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks and Digital Signal Processing Conference, 20/7/2016.
U. Raza, R. Kharel, M. Hammoudeh, B. Whiteside, SUNDAY. EKPO (2016). A Wireless Sensor Network and Service Orientated Architecture Based High Value-Added Manufacturing Process Monitoring Architecture. Praque, Czech Republic,, 20/7/2016.
U. Raza, B. Whiteside, F. Hu (2012). An enterprise service bus (ESB) and Google Gadgets based micro-injection moulding process monitoring system. In: IET Conference on Wireless Sensor Systems (WSS 2012). London, UK, 18/6/2012.
U. Raza, B. Whiteside, F. Hu (2011). A Service Orientated Architecture enabled Wireless Sensor Network approach applied to measurement and control of a Micro Injection Moulding Process. Marrakech, Morroco, 9/5/2011.
The Second International Adaptive and Sustainable Science, Engineering and Technology (ASSET) Conference 2017
Reviewer and TPC member of conference
2016 1st International Conference on Information Technology, Information Systems and Electrical Engineering (ICITISEE)
2016 8th International Conference on Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ICITEE)