Who We Are

At the Secure Systems Research Center (SSRC), we are building a global center of excellence in the development of end-to-end security and resilience for cyber-physical and autonomous systems.

We take a deliberately multi-disciplinary approach that allows us to combine domain knowledge with security and resilience technologies. As a result, we deliver breakthroughs in applied research that benefit society, support smart cities and boost economic development.

SSRC is part of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a UAE-based research center that aims to lead global advances in artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, quantum computing, cryptography and quantum communications, directed energy, secure communication, smart devices, advanced materials, and propulsion and space technologies.

We belong to the Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), which oversees technology research in the emirate.

What We Do

At the Secure Systems Research Center, we take an applied research approach and focus on hands-on applications – demonstrating the power and scope of our pioneering technologies in the real world, so they can be adopted rapidly by our commercial and industrial partners.

Today, our mission is to drive end-to-end security and resilience in cyber physical and autonomous systems that will ensure safety and enrich lives in the UAE and worldwide. As one of the world’s leading institutions in this field, we are enabling a variety of advanced use cases, and creating proprietary technologies: defining the architecture and building the components.

We pursue applied research with a focus on real-world application. By leveraging technologies such as machine learning (ML), we are improving system security. Through approaches such as mesh networks, we are improving the resilience of smartphones, drones and other cyber-physical and autonomous systems.

Our unique work is focused on a cluster of key domains, from next generation secure smartphones to autonomous drones

Secure Systems Research Centre

Hardware hardening against tampering,
alternative channels resilience (platforms)

Secure Systems Research Centre in UAE

Software hardening
and resilience against malware (OS, apps, cloud)

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Maintaining system integrity
and preventing data exfiltration

secure autonomous computing

Communication hardening protocols,
as well as network resilience

Our Team

At SSRC, we bring a disciplined scientific and engineering approach to problem solving and to the creation of new technologies. Our teams make this possible.

Dr Ray O. Johnson

Chief Executive Officer
Technology Innovation Institute

Dr Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar

Chief Researcher
Secure Systems Research Center

Suresh Bollapragada

Chief Technology Officer
Secure Platforms

Jean-Pierre Giacalone

Vice President
Secure Connectivity

Tintu Jose

Director - Simulation and Test

Scientific Advisory Board

We have assembled a scientific board of world-renowned engineers and scientists specialising in SSRC’s areas of expertise.

Prof Ernesto Damiani
Prof. Ernesto Damiani

Dr Harry Edelman
Dr Harry Edelman

Dr Hoda Alkhzaimi
Dr Hoda Alkhzaimi

Dr. Bushra Alblooshi
Dr Bushra Alblooshi

Prof. Luca Benini

Prof. Marko Bertogna
Prof. Marko Bertogna

Prof. Taesoo Kim
Prof. Taesoo Kim

Prof. Wenke Lee
Prof. Wenke Lee

Prof. Inseok Hwang
Prof. Inseok Hwang

Prof. Gernot Heiser

Prof. Baker Mohammad

Prof. Dongyan Xu