Prof Raphaël Phan

Associate Head of School (Strategy)
School of IT
+603 5514 6212
Room 2-4-01

Personal statement

Raphaël Phan is a Professor at Monash University, specializing in security and cryptography. He has published over 80 journal papers and in excess of 120 conference papers notably in the areas of security, privacy, and pattern recognition with focus on computer vision and video analytics problems. He was the principal investigator for a project on privacy-preserving data mining funded by the UK government & UK Ministry of Defence, and recently led projects with funding in excess of RM3million from the Malaysian government and industry.

Raphaël was General Chair for Mycrypt 2005 and Asiacrypt 2007, and Technical Program Chair for Mycrypt 2016. He is regularly invited to serve on technical programme committees (TPCs) of internationally leading security conferences; to date having served in over 100 TPCs.

Raphaël has graduated 10 PhD students and currently supervises 3 PhD students; in the areas of security, privacy, emotion recognition, motion analysis and fake videos. He is co-designer of the hash function BLAKE, one of the five finalists in the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SHA-3 Hash Competition for a new hash function standard. Raphael has Erdős number 2 and h-index 33.

Recent Technical Programme Committees (TPCs):

  • 2018: CT-RSA, Indocrypt, ICC, GLOBECOM

Academic degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Cryptography, Multimedia University, 2005
  • Master in Engineering Science, Multimedia University, 2001
  • Degree in Computer Engineering (Hons), Multimedia University, 1999

Professional affiliations

Member of National Professional Bodies

  • Board of Engineers (BEM), Malaysia, Professional Engineer

Member of International Professional Bodies

  • Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), UK, Chartered Engineer
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK, Fellow

Research Interests

  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Cryptography
  • Emotion Recognition
  • Surveillance
  • Motion Analysis

More generally, any area of research related to malice and adversarial behaviour.

Research projects (Recent)

Title: Æmbience: Emotionally-Aware Human-Expressive Virtual Assistant for Affective Ambience

This recently funded project aims to enable machines to interact with human users, empowered with the capability to feel and relate to the human’s current emotions as well as unexpressed moods.  One of the main focus of this research is advancing the motion magnification techniques that were central to previously completed facial micro-expressions projects UbeAware and 2beAware.

Title: Security & Cheat Resilience Requirements & System Support Development for iCycle Phinonics

This was a recent contract research to analyze the recycling and reward mechanism designed by iCYCLE Malaysia for security against cheat resilience.  Indeed, security risks lurk in any real-world system; so it makes a lot of sense for any practical system to incorporate a security engineering mindset throughout its design, implementation and deployment process.

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Local grants

  • Æmbience: Emotionally-Aware Human-Expressive Virtual Assistant for Affective Ambience, Prof Ir Dr Raphael Phan (PI), Dr Vishnu Monn, Dr Kok Sheik Wong, 2018-2020, TM, RM1,088,155
  • Security & Cheat Resilience Requirements & System Support Development for iCycle Phinonics, Prof Ir Dr Raphael Phan (PI), 2018, iCYCLE, RM39,008
  • SubtleSee: Subtle Emotion Recognition with Computer Vision, Prof Ir Dr Raphael Phan (PI), 2016-2018, Motorola, RM71,659
  • 2beAware: Awareness of Adversely Subtle Situations, Prof Ir Dr Raphael Phan (PI), Dr Kok Sheik Wong, 2015-2016, TM, RM1,248,425
  • ProvAdverse: Provably-Secure Models, Schemes & Proofs for Adversarial Processes, Prof Ir Dr Raphael Phan (PI), Dr Kok Sheik Wong, 2014 - 2016, Ministry of Higher Education FRGS, RM68,300
  • UbeAware: Ubiquitous Awareness in Adversely Subtle Situations, Prof Ir Dr Raphael Phan (PI), Dr Kok Sheik Wong, 2013 - 2014, TM, RM903,306

International grants

  • Game Theoretic Privacy-Preserving Collaborative Data Mining, Prof Ir Dr Raphael Phan (PI), 2012-2013, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK, and Ministry of Defence (MOD), UK, £120,189
  • Privacy-Preserving Affect Awareness in the Encrypted Domain, Prof Ir Dr Raphael Phan (PI), 2011-2012, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK, £17,700

Current supervision

Trong Tin Tran
Invisible Motions
Monash University
Zun-Ci Lee
Hidden Emotions
Multimedia University (MMU)
Shu-Min Leong
Seeing Faces
2018 - Present
Multimedia University (MMU)
Osama Qarem
Vibrometry meets Computer Vision
2018 - Present
Multimedia University (MMU)
Rossanne Gale Vergara
Biometric Security & Privacy
2018 - Present
Multimedia University (MMU)
Jeffrey Ting
Unified Information Hiding in HDR Images
2019 - Present
Monash University
Kai-Lin Chia
Scalable Coding for HDR Images
2019 - Present
Monash University

Completed supervision

Jie Wang
Advanced Attack Tree based Intrusion Detection
Loughborough University, UK

Mahdi Aiash
Security Framework for the Y-Comm Mobile Communication Architecture
Middlesex University, UK

Alex Burrage
Complexity Measures for Classes of Sequences & Cryptographic Applications
Loughborough University, UK

Syh-Yuan Tan
Cryptanalysis, Provable Security & Implementation of Fuzzy Identity-based Cryptography
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

Ji-Jian Chin
Identity-based Identification: Models, Assumptions, Schemes & Analysis
Multimedia University (MMU)

Ansar Jamil
A Study into Prolonging Wireless Sensor Network Lifetime during Disaster Scenarios
Loughborough University, UK

Segun Aina
Loughborough Uni Spontaneous Expression Database & Baseline Results for Automatic Emotion Recognition
Loughborough University, UK

David Gardner
Nonlinear Combinations of Linear Feedback Shift Registers & their Applications in Cryptography
Loughborough University, UK

Wai-Kong Lee
Fast Implementation of Advanced Cryptographic Algorithms
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

Sook-Chin Yip
Anomaly Detection Frameworks for Identifying Energy Theft and Meter Irregularities in Smart Grids
Universiti Malaya (UM), Malaysia

Local Award/Recognition/Exhibition/Stewardship

  • Anak Sarawak Award - Sarawak Convention Bureau, 2006

International Award/Recognition/Exhibition/Stewardship

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Early Career Research - Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, 2005