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Mahshid Mehr Nezhad


I am a third-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 current research is focused on payment security, in particular, contactless payment. I am working both on attacks and defense solutions in e-payment systems. My goal is to find the vulnerabilities in the payment protocols/applications, and propose countermeasures against these security flaws.


Mahshid Mehr Nezhad, Feng Hao, "OPay: an Orientation-based Contactless Payment Solution Against PassiveAttacks," 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 an Associate Tutor for the following modules in DCS:

CS261 Software Engineering (2021)

CS140 Computer Security (2020)

CS915 Advanced Computer Security (2021)


Room CS3.33,
Computer Science Department,
University of Warwick,


Mahshid Mehr Nezhad