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KSU Academic Garners “Best Computer Scientist Award”



Muhammad Khurram Khan, a distinguished professor of cybersecurity at KSU’s Center of Excellence in Information Assurance, has been included as “Best Computer Scientist in the World”, and has also been recognized with the “Computer Science Leader Award for 2023” by the prestigious global ranking source Prof. Khan is ranked 3 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and 761 (out of 14402 scientists) in the world in the field of computer science. ranks the best scientists in the world for their groundbreaking research impact. Since 2014, has adhered to the high standards and transparent procedures based on well-established metrics in order to produce a wide range of rankings for the research community in a variety of disciplines. The recently released 9th edition ranking of the best scientists in the field of computer science is based on data consolidated from various data sources including, OpenAlex and CrossRef. Position in the ranking is based on a scholar’s D-index (Discipline H-index), which takes into account only publications and citation metrics for an examined discipline.


The best scientists ranking is a credible list of leading scholars from the area of Computer Science, created using a detailed analysis of the world’s 166,880 scientists determined from multiple bibliometric data sources. This ranking of the world’s leading scholars is designed to offer the academic community more visibility and exposure to the influential research contributions made by those at the forefront of science. What is more, this ranking inspires researchers, decision-makers, and entrepreneurs around the world to find out where leading experts are heading. It also provides a source to know who are the leading experts in different research areas, countries, as well as within different universities and research institutions.


Prof. Khan receiving KSU Scientific Excellence Award 2016 from HRH Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud (File photo)


It’s worth mentioning that Prof. Khan is the author of over 450 research publications and the inventor of 10 US patents. He was the recipient of the King Saud University Award for Scientific Excellence (Research Productivity) in 2015. He was also a recipient of the King Saud University Award for Scientific Excellence (Inventions, Innovations, and Technology Licensing) in 2016. He is the editor-in-chief of the prestigious journal "Telecommunications Systems (Springer-Nature)" and also serves on the editorial board of several top-quartile journals of the IEEE, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, etc. He is known for his contributions to cybersecurity, digital authentication, IoT security, AI cybersecurity, connected and autonomous vehicles cybersecurity, blockchain, child online protection, etc. His research has been cited over 24,000 times with an outstanding h-index of 83 (Google Scholar). His contributions to cybersecurity have had considerable industrial, academic, and societal impact. He has received several best paper awards from IEEE and Elsevier journals. Prof. Khan has represented KSU with over 100 keynotes, panels, and invited speeches locally and globally. Thinkers360 (USA) has recognized him as a global thought leader and influencer in cybersecurity and IoT. The United Nations and the G20 have featured his contributions in the domain of cybersecurity and cyber public policy.