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Personal Statement

Xavier Bellekens (BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, MBCS, MIEEE) is a Lecturer (Chancellor’s Fellow in the Institute for Signals, Sensors and Communications with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Prior to this position, Xavier was a Lecturer in Security and Privacy in the Division of Cyber-Security at the University of Abertay in Dundee, and the the head of the Machine Learning for Cyber Security Research Group. His current research interests include pervasive security for IoT devices as well as Machine Learning Techniques for Cyber-Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection. Prior to joining the University of Abertay, Xavier was a Research Assistant and Associate in the Centre for Intelligent Dynamic Communications at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, working on cyber-physical security for critical infrastructures. Xavier is the Chair of the IEEE Cyber Science collocated conferences, a reviewer for world leading academic conferences and journals and is the Education Cyber-Security Thematic Leader and Scottish Blockchain Outreach leader for IEEE UK and Ireland. He is also a regular contributor to Belgian and UK Radio and Newspaper on Cyber-Security and Hacking related topics.

Research Interests

External positions

Blockchain Outreach, IEEE UK and Ireland

2018 → …

Cyber Security Thematic Leader, IEEE UK and Ireland

2017 → …

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Projects 2019 2022

Research Output 2014 2019

Cyber-security internals of a Skoda Octavia vRS: a hands on approach

Urquhart, C., Bellekens, X., Tachtatzis, C., Atkinson, R., Hindy, H. & Seeam, A., 25 Sep 2019, In : IEEE Access. p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Railroad cars
Cruise control
Mobile phones
Information technology
4 Citations (Scopus)

Creation and detection of hardware trojans using non-invasive off-the-shelf technologies

Rooney, C., Seeam, A. & Bellekens, X., 22 Jul 2018, In : Electronics. 7, 7, 21 p., 124.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Integrated circuits
Field programmable gate arrays (FPGA)
Semiconductor materials


High performance pattern matching and data remanence on graphics processing units

Author: Bellekens, X., 1 Feb 2015

Supervisor: Atkinson, R. (Supervisor) & Irvine, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


SIN 2014 - Best Paper Award

Xavier Bellekens (Recipient), Christos Tachtatzis (Recipient), Robert Atkinson (Recipient), Craig Renfrew (Recipient) & Tony Kirkham (Recipient), 11 Sep 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2013 2019

  • 10 Invited talk
  • 9 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
  • 3 Visiting an external academic institution
  • 1 Organiser of major conference

Cyber-Security: Deception and Gamification for Criminals

Xavier Bellekens (Speaker)
9 Dec 201910 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Cybersécurité : nos voitures, à la merci des voleurs et des hackeurs

Xavier Bellekens (Recipient)
23 Nov 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation