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    PhD projects

    I'm keen on supervising Ph.D. candidates with a passion for exploring and addressing practical challenges. This encompasses a broad range, from Supply Chain Management, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, and Operations Management, Energy Management (including Demand Side Management), and Network Security. I'm especially drawn to individuals well-versed in Blockchain, Machine Learning, Business Computing, and IoT—any combination of these would be of particular interest to me.

    Personal profile


    Dr. Manimuthu is currently an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Cybersecurity and Business Analytics at Aston Business School. Before joining Aston University, he worked as a Research Fellow in the field of Autonomous Vehicle Security at the Cybersecurity Research Center (CYSREN), and Energy Research Institute (ERIAN), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. During his tenure at NTU, he worked on topics such as autonomous vehicle simulation, threat analysis, vulnerability assessment, and network security.
    He worked as a visiting research fellow at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore focusing on self-reconfigurable autonomous robotics platforms, especially energy-aware automation and control systems. During his doctoral studies, he worked on topics like IoT, Cloud connectivity, Home area networks, Model-based design and smart grid. He has a strong background in automation, autonomous operations, digital control, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.  He holds a patent for his invention “Intelligent Metering and Controlling System for Transformers”. 
    His major research areas include ICT, sustainable operations and information management, threat analysis and risk assessment, Blockchain, Automation and control, privacy-preserving operation and cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles threat and vulnerability assessment. 
    He has strong experience in teaching and research in wide range of topics like business analytics, blockchain, AI, machine learning, network security, smart grid, sustainable operations and information management, and supply-chain optimization. He is an adjunct professor at the University of La Sabana Colombia and handled classes for both undergraduate and postgraduate students from various domains including operations, supply chain, and information systems. He also acted as an external expert and keynote speaker on various operations and information system related topics in various universities including the University of Bradford (UK), NITIE (India), IIM Sambalpur (India), etc. 


    Research Interests

    The following are my research interest:

    1. Application of Machine Learning in Supply-chain.
    2. Information systems analysis and assessment using Artificial Intelligence 
    3. Use of Artificial Intelligence for Automation and Control.
    4. Sustainable supply-chain operation management.
    5. Attack modeling and analysis for cyber-physical systems.
    6. Threat analysis and vulnerability assessments for smart industrial environment.


    • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
    • M.Eng. in Embedded and Real-time Systems
    • B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering


    • Research Fellow, Cybersecurity Research Centre (CYSREN), NTU,Singapore (May 2021- Feb 2023)
    • Adjunct Professor, Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia, South America (Nov 2021- till)
    • Research Fellow, Energy Research Institute (ERI@N), NTU, Singapore (Feb 2020- May 2021)
    • Research Engineer, Energy Research Institute (ERI@N), NTU, Singapore (Sept 2019- Feb 2020)
    • Visiting Research Fellow, ROAR LAB, SUTD, Singapore (Mar 2018- Sept 2018)


    • GATE Scholarship- Post Graduate Studies (2013-2015)
    • Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions (RBEI) Innovation Award (2013-2014) 

    Intelligent Metering and Controlling System for Transformers (Grant. No: 375680)

    Teaching Activity

    • Big Data and Analytics
    • Advanced Spreadsheets and Databases
    • Structured Query Language (SQL)

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    • Project: Digital Financial Inclusion

    Budget: £18,215

    Period: 2020-2021

    Experience: Worked as External Consultant with SureCash (https://www.surecash.net/) to enhance digital financial inclusion in rural areas. We developed solutions for feature phones, allowing users without smartphones to access financial services conveniently.

    • Project: Peer-to-Peer Lending Platform

    Budget: £6,128

    Period: 2019-2021

    Experience: Mentored as team who worked with MoneyTable (https://www.moneytable.co.th/) to develop a peer-to-peer lending platform. Our focus was on creating robust risk assessment algorithms and user-friendly interfaces to facilitate lending among individuals. 

    • Project: Islamic Fintech Solutions

    Budget: £5362

    Period: Jan 2021- Nov 2021 Seed Funding

    Experience: Acted as Advisor to a team who is involved with Ethis Ventures (https://www.ethis.co/) to develop Sharia-compliant fintech solutions. Our team designed a crowdfunding platform adhering to Islamic finance principles, fostering ethical investments in Malaysia and beyond.

    • Project: Microfinance Innovation

    Budget: £10,286

    Period: 2020-2022

    Experience: Mentored a team who worked with Svatantra Microfin (https://www.svatantramicrofin.com/) to innovate microfinance solutions for rural entrepreneurs. Our project aimed to digitize loan disbursal processes and introduce financial literacy programs through mobile platforms.

    Research Projects/Collaborations






    DESAY Automotive, Singapore with CYSREN, NTU

    Design and development of Autonomous Vehicle to Cloud Infrastructure(V2C).

    Cloud, Energy and Network Security

    USD 0.3 Million

    (SGD 0.5 million)

    2.5 years (Completed)

    BMW, Singapore with ERIAN, NTU

    SAVE: Ensuring Data Security for Autonomous Vehicles.

    Digital Transportation and Data Analytics

    USD 0.29 Million

    (SGD 0.4 million)

    2.5 years (Completed)

    Combat Vehicle Research &

    Development Establishment (CVRDE, DRDO, INDIA)

    Modelling, Simulation, and Performance Analysis of GPS-INS system for Battle tanks.

    Energy, Data Modelling and

    Predictive Analytics

    Seed Funding (USD 1500)

    8 Months (Completed)

    Robert Bosch, India

    Energy estimation and wastage

    reduction in Transformers

    Operations and Control

    Seed Funding

    (USD 200)

    4 Months (Completed)

    Tamil Nādu State Council for Science and Technology

    (TNSCST), India

    Condition monitoring and Energy Management for Smart

    Grid systems

    Smart Grid and

    Wireless Sensor Network

    Seed Funding (USD 250)

    6 Months (Completed)

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, : Design and Development of Energy Aware Automation for Embedded Applications


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