I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science, under the Data Science, Systems and Security theme supervised by Professor Feng Hao. My Ph.D. scholarship is funded by the Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick. I hold a BSc and MSc in Software Engineering with first-class degrees.
Prior to joining Warwick, I worked on usable security aspects of captchas, and demand-side management in IoT applications during my BSc and MSc, respectively. I'm currently working on research involving security analysis and the design of e-payment systems.
My research is focused on payment security, in particular, contactless payment, from four distinct angles: systematization of knowledge, attacks and vulnerabilities, countermeasures and solutions, and users' perspectives.
Mahshid Mehr Nezhad, Elliot Laidlaw, and Feng Hao. "Security Analysis of Mobile Point-of-sale Terminals'' In 17th International Conference on Network and System Security (NSS), 2023
Mahshid Mehr Nezhad, Feng Hao, "OPay: an Orientation-based Contactless Payment Solution Against Passive Attacks," Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), 2021.
Mahshid Mehrnezhad, Mohammad H. Yaghmaee M. and Mohsen Asadi, "Joint Peak Clipping and Load Scheduling Based on User Behavior Monitoring in an IoT Platform” in IEEE Systems Journal, 2020.
Mahshid Mehrnezhad, Maryam Mehrnezhad. "A Child Recognition System based on Image Selection Patterns" In STAST2017 Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust, STAST, Orlando, Florida, USA, pp. 76-81. ACM, 2018.
I have been teaching the following modules as a senior teaching assistant:
CS261 Software Engineering (2021)
CS140 Computer Security (2020)
Selected Honors and Awards
Best Student Paper Award for the paper "Security Analysis of Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPoS) Terminals” at the 17th International Conference on Network and System Security (NSS), 2023.
Best Presentation Award for 3 years at the Warwick Postgraduate Colloquium in Computer Science (WPCCS) Conference's Computer Security and Network track, WPCCS'20, WPCCS'21, and WPCCS'22, the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, 2020-2022.
1st place in the Capture the Flag (CTF) Group Competition at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Winter School, 2020.
Best Paper Award for the paper “Joint Peak Clipping and Load Scheduling Based on User Behavior Monitoring in an IoT Platform”, by Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM), Iran, 2020.
Funded PhD Scholarship by the Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, 2019.
Ranked 5th in the Semifinals and 35th in the Finals of the 21st National Computer Science Olympiad Competition among top students from top universities in Iran, 2016.
Top Student in MSc Studies at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, 2016-2018.
Top Student in BSc Studies at Semnan University, Iran, 2012-2016
Invited Guest Speaker
Invited speaker at the Celebrating Women in Mathematical Sciences, Warwick University, 2023.
Invited speaker at the Student Talent Scheme, Semnan University, Iran, 2023
Invited speaker at the "Women in Science" event for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Warwick University, 2021.
Chaired the Warwick Postgraduate Colloquium in Computer Science (WPCCS) Conference, WPCCS'21, 2021.
Member of the Organizing Committee Warwick Postgraduate Colloquium in Computer Science (WPCCS) Conference, WPCCS'20, 2020.
Volunteer Organizer at the Slice of Science Event during British Science Week 2022, University of Warwick, 2022.
Computer Science Department,
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