Published on 07/05/2024
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  • The £80,000 grant brings together experts from Aston University and the University of Tokyo
  • The research will tackle the serious problem of new malware threats in 5G, 6G and other sophisticated telecommunications
  • The 20-month initiative will include joint research efforts, knowledge exchanges, workshops and innovative development projects.

An Aston University business analytics expert has been awarded a grant to spearhead a ground-breaking UK-Japan research partnership on artificial intelligence (AI)-driven malware detection in 5G and 6G networks and the mobile internet of things (MIoT).

Victor Chang, professor of business analytics at Aston Business School, will lead on the innovative research that will look to tackle the serious problem of new malware threats in 5G, 6G, AI, MIoT and other sophisticated telecommunications and wireless networks that post increasing threats to the security of smart devices.

MIoT technologies allow smart sensors and connected devices to automatically collect information and share it via an internet connection. Adding a layer of mobile technology means that you can access shared information from wherever you happen to be.

The £80,000 award from the International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF) brings together experts from Aston University and the University of Tokyo, whose teams will work on the development of unique AI algorithms for malware detection and the testing and integration of these solutions in MIoT, 5G and 6G network environments respectively.

The 20-month initiative will include joint research efforts, knowledge exchanges, workshops and innovative development projects.

Professor Chang said:

“This project is another example of our Aston 2030 strategy in action.

“Working with different cultures and countries shows the University’s commitment to blending expertise from academia, industry, government and the general public globally to promote positive impact.

“As our world becomes increasingly interconnected through smart devices and advanced telecom networks, with many people spending more than three to six hours per day on smart devices on average, ensuring the security and integrity of these systems is extremely critical.

“We will be able to create cutting-edge, AI-powered solutions to identify and counter new malware threats thanks to our partnership with our respected Japanese colleagues, making everyone's use of the internet safer in the future.”

Dr Manabu Tsukada, associate professor at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, said:

“Through high-impact publications, conference talks and industry engagement initiatives, I hope our research findings and outputs will be shared, guaranteeing that the advantages of this partnership go beyond academia and into practical implementations.

“I look forward to working with Aston University, particularly in 6G-related research and the impact of new AI models, this area is extremely new.

“We are committed to using cutting-edge research and innovation in AI, cybersecurity, and advanced telecommunications networks to push the boundaries of knowledge and effect positive change.

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

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