Vidyasagar Potdar

Dr. Vidyasagar Potdar
Senior Research Fellow
School of Information Systems, Curtin Business School
Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

I am a Senior Research Fellow working with School of Information Systems, Curtin Business School, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.

I am also the Director of Anti-Spam Research Lab & Co-Director of Wireless Sensor Network Lab at the School of Information Systems.

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Research Areas

  • Information Systems (Information Quality, Social Networks, User Contribution Management, Online Customer Engagement on Facebook & Twitter)
  • Internet of Things (Wireless Sensor Netowrks, Smart Grids, Energy Management, Smart Home Automation, Cyber Physical Systems, Sustainable Buildings, Traffic Congestion Management, Zero Carbon Buildings, Green Supply Chain)
  • Information Security (Anti-Spam, Digital Watermarking, Steganography)


Research Collaboration

Students are invited to contact me if interested to do collaborative research with me in my areas of research. My email is v.potdar@curtin.edu.au


Video Lectures on Smart Grids (click here)

Awards for Excellence in Research
Winner of three prestigious research awards in Curtin University:

  • 2010: Overall Highest Research Performance Index (RPI) Points in 2010 (Awarded in 2011)
  • 2010: Highest RPI points for Publications 2010 (Awarded in 2011)
  • 2011: Curtin University New Researcher of the Year Award (Awarded in 2012)


List of Publications

I have published more than 130 scientific research articles in refereed journals, peer reviewed conference papers, book chapters etc. Most of my publications are in top Tier 1 conferences and journals including Springer, IEEE, ACM,  Elsevier etc. Check the publications page for full list of my publications.


Conference Organization

  • I was the General Chair of CUBE 2013 www.thecubeconf.com/academic
  • I was the General Chair of CUBE 2012 www.thecubeconf.com/2012/academic
  • I was the General Chair for CEAS 2011 conferences.

I have been invited to be a member of the International Programme Committee and has also acted as a Track Chair and Workshop Organiser for a number of leading conferences including

  • IEEE AINA 2008 – 2010
  • IEEE DEST 2007 – 2010
  • IEEE ICIT 2006, 2009
  • IEEE ISIE 2007
  • IFIPTM 2007
  • INDIN 2009
  • RFID Eurasia 2007
  • ANT-2010
  • ICCSA 2010


Research Labs

Under the umbrella of information security I head the Anti-Spam Research Lab, which undertakes cutting edge research in the areas of web spam, Botnet detection, impacts of spam on the economy, cost of spam, and related security technologies like digital watermarking, steganography, Digital Rights Management & RFID security.

I am also the co-director of the Wireless Sensor Networks Research Lab which undertakes research in the areas of wireless hardware development, energy efficient communication protocol development, advanced cross layer protocol design etc.


My PhD

I have a strong background in Information Security & Software Engineering.
I completed my PhD in Information Security via Digital Watermarking and holds the record of being the youngest PhD graduate in Curtin Business School.
Given my strong research ability I was successful in winning Curtin Research Fellowship to research and develop the areas of Information Security & Wireless Sensor Networks.


External Research Funding
I have attracted more than AUD 450,000 in research funds to advance my research in the areas of Wireless Sensor Networks. In my latest funding I secured AUD 404,000 from ARC Linkage body to solve the problem of traffic congestion in Perth Metropolitan Areas using Wireless Sensor Networks.


International Collaboration
I understand and value multi-disciplinary teams and enjoys collaborating with International experts like Prof Bill Smyth (Emeritus Professor, Algorithms Research Group, Department of Computing & Software, McMaster University, Canada). I also work closely with DEBI Institute’s leading researchers including Prof. Elizabeth Chang (Director of DEBI Institute), Prof. Tharam Dillon (Head of R&D, DEBII).


PhD Supervision
I have supervised to completion 6 PhD students till 2013.
Congrats to Dr. Atif Sharif, Dr. Kevin Chai, Dr. Pedram Hayati, Dr. Bambang Harjito, Dr. Farida Ridzuan & Dr. Dinusha Rathnayaka.
Dr.Atif Sharif & Dr. Dinusha Rathnayaka also recieved chancellor’s commendation award for his PhD.


Current Supervision Duties
I am currently supervising 4 full time PhD candidates as a main supervisor.
If you would like to join as a PhD scholar email me at v.potdar@curtin.edu.au


Research Impact via Media Coverage

In 2016, my exceptional research has significant impact and generated media exposure on 35 occasions including TV, Radio, News Paper and Online. Total media contribution is equivalent to/more than $224,432 worth of advertising dollars. A list of these media appearances is as follows:

Oct 2016

Has auto-translation software finally stopped being so useless? 24th Oct 016. https://cosmosmagazine.com/technology/has-auto-translation-software-finally-stopped-being-so-useless

Seniors tackle online challenges to keep up with modern world and avoid queues. 19th Oct 2016. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-19/seniors-get-online-to-keep-up-with-modern-world/7947334

ABC Radio – “NSW Statewide Drive Program with Kia Handley”, 14th Oct 2016: Interview with Dr Vidy Potdar, Curtin University. Kia Handley discusses Security Concerns of WhatsApp being used by Australian Government Minister with Dr. Vidy Potdar. Oct 14, 2016. 12:30 Perth Time / 15:30 pm NSW Time. 8 minutes airtime on radio.

The Conversation, WhatsApp: a great idea for mates but a terrible one for ministers? Oct 13th 2016. http://theconversation.com/whatsapp-a-great-idea-for-mates-but-a-terrible-one-for-ministers-66991

ECU Daily. Radio Interview on How Online/Mobile Technology Adoption is Resulting in Bank Branch Closures. Friday 7th Oct 2016

ECU Daily. Radio Interview on Suncorp Bank Closing Down 8 of its 9 stores in WA. Thursday 6th Oct 2016

ABC News TV Interview. Expert opinion on the closures of Suncorp Banks WA branches. Wed 5th Oct 2016, 7:03pm.

ABC News TV Interview. Brisbane-based Suncorp Bank will close all but one of its branch in WA. Wed 5th Oct 2016, 5:00pm.

The Conversation, Has auto-translation software finally stopped being so useless? Oct 4th 2016. https://theconversation.com/has-auto-translation-software-finally-stopped-being-so-useless-66370

Aug 2016
Weekend West Newspaper. Perth, 6th Aug 2016, Census security fear ‘not justified’. Article on the security aspect of census data

ABC Adelaide AM Radio, “The Evenings Show with Narelle Graham”, 4th Aug 2016: Interview with Dr Vidy Potdar, Curtin University. Narelle Graham discusses Census Data Security with Dr. Vidy Potdar. July 15, 2016. 16:15 Perth Time / 17:45pm Adelaide Time. 11 minutes airtime on radio.

Today Tonight, Channel 7, 3rd Aug 2016 Privacy with Census data.

Tech Central. Coverage of Windows 10 Anniversary https://www.techcentral.co.za/windows-10-one-year-on/67404/

Australasian Science. Coverage of Windows 10 Anniversary http://www.australasianscience.com.au/article/science-and-technology/windows-10-one-year-its-evolving-privacy-still-concern.html

The Conversation, Windows 10 one year on: it’s evolving but privacy still a concern. Aug 1st, 2016 https://theconversation.com/windows-10-one-year-on-its-evolving-but-privacy-still-a-concern-63127

July 2016
Armadale Examiner Newspaper, Perth, 28th July 2016, Reality blurs as gamers get on the go. Article commenting on the implications of the new gaming craze Pokemon Go.

Canning Examiner Newspaper, Perth, 27th July 2016, Mobile on mobiles. Article assessing the security and safety of Pokemon Go.

ABC Adelaide AM Radio, “The Evenings Show with Narelle Graham”, 15th July 2016: Interview with Dr Vidy Potdar, Curtin University. Narelle Graham discusses Pokemons with with Dr. Vidy Potdar. July 15, 2016. 16:15 Perth Time / 17:45pm Adelaide Time. 11 minutes airtime on radio.

City Metric. Can shipping containers really help solve Australia’s housing crisis?  http://www.citymetric.com/fabric/can-shipping-containers-really-help-solve-australias-housing-crisis-2257

ABC Adelaide AM Radio, “The Afternoons Show with Sonya Feldhoff”, 12th July 2016: Interview with Dr Vidy Potdar, Curtin University. Sonya Feldhoff discusses the Pros and Cons of Container Housing with Dr. Vidy Potdar. July 12, 2016. 12:15 Perth Time / 1:45 Adelaide Time. 15 minutes airtime on radio.

Australian Property Investor, July 6, 2016.

The Conversation, Are shipping containers really the answer for affordable housing? Time for a reality check. July 5, 2016 3.31pm AEST

Are Shipping Containers Really the Answer for Affordable Housing? Time for a reality check – Extract from an article published in The Conversation 05 Jul 2016. The Brotherhood Library Current Awareness Portal.

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