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Chitra Javali

Postgraduate Researcher at Networked Systems and Security Group,
School of Computer Science and Engineering,
UNSW Australia

Chitra Javali is currently pursuing Postgraduate Research(PhD) in Wireless Networking domain under the supervision of Prof. Sanjay Jha, Head of the Networked Systems and Security Group (NetSyS) and Director of CySPri Laboratory, UNSW Australia and Prof. Aruna Seneviratne, Research Director, Connecting To The World Research Program, Data61|CSIRO (formerly knowns as NICTA). Chitra is associated with Networked Systems and Security Group (NetSys) and CysPri Lab in School of CSE at UNSW Australia. She is also associated with Mobile Systems and Research Group (MSRG) , Data61|CSIRO.

Chitra completed Postgraduation (M.Tech) in "Networking and Internet Engineering" from Sri Jayachamrajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysore, India and obtained Graduation (B.E) in "Electronics and Communication Engineering" (E&C) from India. She has secured First Class with Distinction (F.C.D) throughout her studies.

During M.Tech Industrial Training period she worked as a Trainee Engineer for VeriSign Services, Banglore, India in Domain Name Server (DNS) division. Chitra worked as a Software Engineer in Embedded Systems Design and Development , Avionics Systems Software for a period of 2 years and moved on to academics. She was a Lecturer in the Department of Electronics and Communication (E&C) and later an Asst.Professor in CSE of PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India . During the period of academic employment Chitra taught various Computer Science subjects and worked as a Supervisor for undergraduate student projects. She also worked as a Course Coordinator for Postgraduate Engineering courses. Having worked as an Academic Faculty in Computer Science Subjects for around 2.5 years, she developed keen interest in research and joined UNSW as a PhD student in August, 2013.

  • First Prize in 2016 3MT Faculty of Engineering Heat, UNSW
  • Winner of 2016 3MT Faculty of Engineering Heat, UNSW. The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition for PhD and Research Masters candidates. The 3MT competition forces research candidates to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries to give a compelling presentation on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes.


  • People's Choice Best Project Demonstration Award, PerCom 2016
  • Our project, "Location Fingerprint Evidence and Authorisation using WiFi Channel Characteristics", Chitra Javali, Girish Revadigar, Daniel Pletea and Sanjay Jha, won the People's Choice Best Project Demonstration Award at the 14th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom), Sydney, Australia, March 2016.


  • NICTA Research Student Grant, February 2016
  • NICTA Research student grant is awarded to support PhD students to present their paper accepted at top tier conferences.


  • Fully funded Internship at Philips Research, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Sep - Oct 2015
  • Invited to contribute to AU2EU project, an EU-funded collaborative research and development project bringing together leading industry and research organizations from Europe and Australia. The internship was jointly funded by Philips Research, Eindhoven, and AU2EU


  • N2Women Young Researcher Fellowship Award at the 40th Anniversary of IEEE Conference on Local Computer Netwoks (LCN), October 2015
  • N2Women is an ACM SIGMOBILE program that is supported by the IEEE Communications Society, IEEE TCCC, Microsoft Research, HP Labs and Google.


  • CSE Conference Travel Fund, October 2015
  • The School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW awards Travel Fund for postgraduate research students to attend and present their research paper at top-tier international conferences.


  • NASSCOM Highly Commended IT Innovation Award, April 2015
  • Winner of NASSCOM Highly Commended IT Innovation Award 2015, for the research project "Ultra-lightweight Security Mechanisms for Wearable Devices" by Girish Revadigar and Chitra Javali. The competition was open for students studying PhD, Masters, Bachelors or undergraduate degrees from ICT/Engineering faculties in Universities across Australia.


  • First Prize in the Project Demonstration category of 6th IEEE Technologies of the Future (iToF), November 2014
  • Secured First prize for the technical project demonstration "Go Green via IoT" by Girish Revadigar and Chitra Javali in the Technical Project Demonstration category at the 6th IEEE Technologies of the Future (iToF) event, held at UNSW Australia.


  • Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) Conference Travel Fund, July 2014
  • The Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) Scheme awarded by Graduate Research School (GRS), UNSW provides financial assistance to eligible postgraduate research students to present their research at international conferences.


  • CSE Conference Travel Fund, July 2014
  • The School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW awards Travel Fund for postgraduate research students to attend and present their research paper at top-tier international conferences.


  • NICTA Research Project Award (NRPA) Scholarship, January 2014
  • The NICTA Research Project Award (NRPA) is offered to the postgraduate research students working in projects aligned with NICTA's Research Groups. The scholarship is available for research study of 3 years.


  • First Prize in the Communications category of 5th IEEE Technologies of the Future (iToF), November 2013
  • Secured First prize for the poster "Wireless Smart Badge for Social Networking" by Chitra Javali and Girish Revadigar in the Communications category at the 5th IEEE Technologies of the Future (iToF) event, held at UNSW Australia, Sydney.


  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship, August 2013
  • Australian Postgraduate Award(APA) is a highly prestigious scholarship awarded to meritorious full time PhD research students by Australian Govt. to support the research study for 3 years.

  • Wireless Physical Layer Security
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Security
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Low power communication standards (IEEE 802.15.4, Zigbee)
  • Communication Protocols
  • Network Architecture
  • Embedded /Real Time Systems
  • Android Application Development
  • Student Member of IEEE, ACM, ACM-W, N2Women.

  • Representative of IEEE Women in Engineering 2014, IEEE UNSW Student Branch.

  • Student Volunteer for 38th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), Sydney 2013.

  • Reviewer for:
    • ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys) 2016.
    • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS) 2016.
    • IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2016.
    • IEEE Local Computer Networks (LCN) 2015.
    • Mobiquitous 2015.
    • IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC) 2015.
    • ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) 2014.
    • ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec) 2014.