Meet the Researcher: Subir Halder

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Soubir is a CONFIRM SMART 4.0 MSCA Research Fellow based at the University of Limerick.

” It is really satisfying to design and develop some innovative solutions for our society to improve our quality of life”

Tell us a bit about your research...

Smart Manufacturing is expanding at an increasing pace due to the recent advances in information and communication technologies. While the number of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices is increasing exponentially, complex and sophisticated cyber attacks continue to be a big challenge as connectivity of IIoT devices with the internet will significantly increase opportunities for attacks by cyber attackers.

Currently I am investigating to find the answer to the following question:

How to securely exchange and collaboratively analyse data across smart manufacturing supply chains while ensuring data integrity, accountability and traceability?

What did you study as an Undergraduate?

I did my Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering at Kalyani Government Engineering College, West Bengal, India. During my undergraduate study, I learned about the various communication technologies and electronic systems to realise these technologies.

What made you decide to go into research?

I am always enthusiastic to explore new opportunities. This instinct is my major drive to pursue research. In my research, I always try to find the answer to this question: how to ease human life by leveraging innovative technologies?

What do you enjoy most about being a PhD Student or Post-Doc?

During my PhD, I enjoyed the process of identifying the real-life challenges and identifying the most suitable technologies to overcome these challenges. In this process, I have developed several sensor node deployment strategies suitable for various real-life application scenarios.

During my Post-Doc, I enjoyed working on projects funded under the EU Horizon 2020 framework. Particularly, I enjoyed the process of developing several application based platforms for end-users in a collaborative way.

What could your research be used for?

I am developing a secure data exchange scheme by using “Homomorphic Encryption” to protect sensitive data from unauthorized access. As our lives become increasingly digital, the scheme I am developing could be applied to ensure sensitive data such as health information or finance data is kept secure when being shared.

Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about a career or research in STEM?

It is really satisfying to design and develop some innovative solutions for our society to improve our quality of life. In my opinion, studying STEM at undergraduate level can build your foundation to pursue this satisfaction!

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