Dr Hisain Elshaafi


Lecturer in Software Development

Carlow Campus

e: Hisain.elshaafi@setu.ie      t: 059 9175000

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1620-1988    ResearchGate

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

Elshaafi Hisain is a lecturer in the department of computing and networking, SETU Carlow. Hisain is interested in research in ICT security, privacy and trust and related areas. Previously he worked as a research fellow in the area of trust and security at the TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). He holds PhD and MSc degrees from WIT and BSc honours degree in computer science from Dublin Institute of Technology. He has published research articles in conferences and journals in the areas of ICT security, trust, privacy, critical infrastructure protection and service-oriented computing. Hisain’s experience includes working with SMEs and large companies as partners in research projects and providing consultancy services. He has worked and took leading roles on several Irish and EU projects such as sTRUST, CoMiFin (Critical Financial Infrastructure Protection Middleware), Pripare (Preparing Industry to Privacy-by-design by supporting its Application in Research) and Aniketos (Secure and Trustworthy Service Composition).


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Elshaafi, H., McGibney, J. and Botvich, D. Attack Surface Based Security Metric Framework for Service Selection and Composition, Inderscience International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, 10(1):88-113, 2017, doi: 10.1504/IJAACS.2017.082741.

Elshaafi, H. and Botvich, D., Optimisation Based Collaborative Determination of Component Trustworthiness in Service Compositions, Wiley Journal of Security and Communication Networks, 9(6):513-527, 2016, doi: 10.1002/sec.985.

Elshaafi, H. and Botvich, D. Trustworthiness Inference of Multi-tenant Component Services in Service Compositions, Int. Journal of Convergence (JoC), 4(1):31-37, 2013.

Books and Book Chapters


Elshaafi, H., McGibney, J. and Botvich, D. (2014). Secure and Trustworthy Service Composition, pp. 150-172. Springer International Publishing.

Conference Proceedings and Papers

Elshaafi, H., Vinyals, M., Dibley, M., Grimaldi, I. and Sisinni, M. (2016). Combination of Standards to Support Flexibility Management in the Smart Grid, Challenges and Opportunities, Proc. 1st EAI International Conference on Smart Grid Inspired Future Technologies.

Elshaafi, H., Davy, S. and Botvich, D. (2015). Collaborative Framework for Monitoring Reliability of Distributed Components of Composed Services. In Proc. 13th European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS 2015), doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-33509-4_5.

Elshaafi, H., McGibney, J. and Botvich, D. (2012). Trustworthiness Monitoring and Prediction of Composite Services, Proc. 17th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communication (ISCC), doi:10.1109/ISCC.2012.6249359.

Elshaafi, H. and McGibney, J., Botvich, D., (2012). Profitability and Cost Management of Trustworthy Composite Services, Proc. 9th International Conference on Trust, Privacy & Security in Digital Business (TrustBus), doi:10.1007/978-3-642-32287-7_16.

Elshaafi, H. and Botvich, D., (2012). Aggregation of Trustworthiness Properties of BPMN-based Composite Services, Proc. 17th IEEE Int. Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD), doi:10.1109/CAMAD.2012.6335373.

Elshaafi, H., McGibney, J. and Botvich, D., (2011). Business Driven Optimisation of Service Compositions, Proc. 7th Int. Conference on Next Generation Web Services Practices (NWeSP).

Elshaafi, H., McGibney, J. and Botvich, D. (2011). Trustworthiness Monitoring of Dynamic Service Compositions, Proc. 6th Workshop on Enhanced Web Service Technologies (WEWST).

Elshaafi, H., McGibney, J., Mulcahy, B. and Botvich, D. (2011). Enhancement of Critical Financial Infrastructure Protection Using Trust Management, Proc. 1st Int. Workshop on Security & Trust for Applications in Virtualised Environments (STAVE).

Lodi, G., Baldoni, R., Elshaafi, H., Mulcahy, M., Csertan, G. and Gonczy, L. (2010). Trust Management in Monitoring Financial Critical Information Infrastructures, Proc. 2nd International ICST Conference on Mobile Lightweight Wireless Systems (MOBILIGHT).


Research Supervision

Areas of Interest as a Supervisor include
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Trust
  • Web services
  • Business processes
  • Modelling languages and service-oriented computing

Engagement and Collaboration

Dr. Elshaafi worked on several joint research projects with partners from across Europe including industrial, research and academic organisations. Examples of companies included HP, SAP, Airbus, Thales, Atos, Engie and others. Some of the academic and public research partners were Cardiff University, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Trilateral research, Trialog, and the American University of Paris. Hisain also provided consultancy services to Irish SMEs such as Aviareto both through privately funding and Enterprise Ireland voucher funding. He developed successful project proposals for commercialisation funding by Enterprise Ireland such as BusPrime which develops privacy supporting tools for enterprise business process management systems. Hisain initiated a project that aimed to develop smart safer roads for cyclists for Waterford County Council.