“Presume not that I am the thing I was.”
― William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

Dr Niaz Chowdhury is a postdoctoral researcher working with blockchain technology in the European Union-funded project QualiChain. His research experiences span over a decade across three British and Irish nations in England, Scotland and Ireland. He presently holds a Research Associate position in the Open Blockchain group of Knowledge Media Institute, a small but renowned and well-regarded research lab within the Open University in England. Previously he was a doctoral researcher in the University of Glasgow, Scotland and a research scholar in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Dr Chowdhury is particularly interested in distributed systems and wireless networks research and has a keen interest in topics covering Blockchain, Internet of Things and Data Science within the Smart City and Big Data context. He also likes to explore privacy issues, digital humanities and policies related to his topics of interests. He published numerous journal articles, conference papers and book chapters on the blockchain technology, the Internet of Things, smart cars and wireless networks. He has recently penned a book entitled Inside Blockchain, Bitcoin, and Cryptocurrencies. The book is published by Taylor and Francis and available in all major online and physical bookstores.

Dr Chowdhury is married to his investment banker wife Abrunnaher Shifa, CFA and the father of a baby boy, Faramir. They live about 50 miles off London in the new city of Milton Keynes.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • January 2012April 2015
    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science
    University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Thesis — NETCODE: An XOR-based Warning Dissemination Scheme for Vehicular Wireless Networks.
    A copy of the thesis can be downloaded from the British Library or the University of Glasgow Library.
  • October 2007October 2009
    M.Sc leading to PhD in Computer Science (Discontinued)
    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • January 2006December 2006
    Masters of Science (M.Sc) in Computer Science and Engineering
    CGPA: 4.00 on 4.00 (Gold Medalist)
    East West University, Bangladesh
  • January 2002December 2005
    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Computer Science and Engineering
    CGPA: 3.71 on 4.00 (twice on the Dean’s list)
    East West University, Bangladesh

RESEARCH POSITION

  • February 2019to date
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Open Blockchain Group
    Knowledge Media Institute
    The Open University, England
  • January 2017January 2019
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Data Science Group
    Knowledge Media Institute
    The Open University, England
  • May 2015December 2016
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    School of Computing and Communication
    The Open University, England
    (Research Assistant until passing the PhD viva)

PRE-DOCTORAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • January 2012April 2015
    Tutor (includes postgraduate lecturing)
    University of Glasgow
    Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Lectured Java to the masters class of Computer Science in 2014-15, Python and Digital Systems to the first-year class of Glasgow Summer School 2014, tutored Java, Object-Oriented Software Engineering and Algorithms & Data Structures to the second-year class in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. Received department’s Best Tutor nomination to the university council in 2014.
  • October 2009September 2011
    Independent Lecturer
    Edexcel, NCC, ABE and City and Guilds
    Dublin, Ireland
    Lectured courses offered by various British awarding bodies including Edexcel, ABE, NCC and City and Guilds.
  • November 2007October 2007
    Tutor
    Trinity College Dublin
    Dublin, Ireland
    Tutored computer science students in regular classes as well as one-to-one sessions for students with disabilities.
  • April 2007November 2007
    Lecturer
    Uttara University
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Lectured C++, Electrical Circuits and Computer Graphics courses to the students of computer science and engineering.