Atta Badii is a high ranking professor at the University of Reading, where he is the Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory at the School of Systems Engineering. He holds the Chair of Secure Pervasive Technologies (UoR) and the designation of Distinguished Professor of Systems Engineering and Digital Innovation (UCC) and is an International Privacy-by-Design Ambassador as designated by the Canadian Information and Privacy Commission. Badii is Director of the European Virtual Centre of Excellence for Ethically-guided and Privacy-respecting Video-Analytics (VideoSense), Director of the European Observatory for Crowd-Sourcing and Collective-Awareness Platforms for Transformative Government (Citizens’ Say), Chair of the International Companion Robotics Institute (CRI) and the Internet of People Things and Services (IoPT) Research Forum, as well as the European Privacy by Co-Design Research Cluster. He is also a panel member of the Companion Robotics and Human-Robot-Interaction research road map groups of the European Robotics Research Forum and has previously served on other European and UK research road map panels e.g. as the Chair of the European Security Architectures and Virtualisation Taskforce of the SECURIST Research Road map Initiative and as a leading member of the TSB-RCUK Expert Group for Secure Internet of Things Research Strategy.
Badii has a multi-disciplinary academic and industrial research track record in the fields of Distributed Intelligent and Multi-Modal Interactive Systems including Human-Robot-Interaction, Semantic Security & Trust Architectures and Privacy by Co-Design of Cyber-Physical System-of- Systems. Badii has contributed to over 30 large scale collaborative projects to date and has served as the Scientific and Technical Leader of over 10 such projects at both national and international levels including successful coordination of several UK/EU-funded projects; some with the designation of smart innovation project.
Badii is the pioneer of several paradigms in user-centred assistive technologies; has over 200 publications and has served on the editorial and programme committees of various specialist international journals and conferences and as external PhD supervisor/examiner, Professorial Appointment Board member and Research and Innovation Strategy Advisor for various universities in the UK, Europe and the Americas including some of the top 10 Universities and Enterprises in the world.
He has made fundamental contributions to pushing forward the frontiers of research in Security Context Representation (e.g. as in Hydra LinkSmart Technology) and Mitigation (e.g. FastMatch Next Generation IDS-IPS Architectures), Access Control and Privacy Enhancing Technologies (e.g. Mobi-PETS-GRID, Hydra), Ontology-based Semantic Integration, User-centred Co-design and Integrated Requirements Prioritisation and Usability Evaluation (e.g. UI-REF), Human-Computer-Robot Interaction (e.g. CompanionAble, CORBYS), Multi-modal Communications Control (C3PAL), Advanced Affective-Interactive Interfaces (CALLAS), Dynamic Media Adaptation (Axmedis), Semantic Workflow Integration (Axmedis, 2020-3D Media), Advanced Multi-modal Media Semantic-Collateral Indexing and Retrieval (DREAM, Content Safari), Semantic Music Representation & Search (I-Maestro, CC-MOLE, SoundScape), and framework architecture for Man-in-the-Loop Assistive-Interactive Systems (CORBYS); BIG Data Dashboard, Agent Modelling and Simulation (MOSIPS) etc.