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Dr Cigdem Sengul

Dr Cigdem Sengul
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science


Cigdem has more than ten years of experience in research and development in mobile and wireless networks in both academia and industry. She has been working on standards for building privacy and trust in the Internet of Things during her time at Nominet as a Senior Researcher (2015-2019).  Between 2012-2015, she worked as a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, where she lectured and conducted research on wireless and mobile networks, with a particular focus on energy and interference efficiency, and Internet of Robotic Things. From 2008-2012, she was with Telekom Innovation Labs (the main research unit of Deutsche Telekom) as a Senior Research Scientist leading projects on Wireless Mesh Networks. Her work has been published in more than 50 journal and conference publications.  She is a Fulbright, Department of Computer Science, UIUC and Vodafone fellow.

Cigdem is a passionate advocate of increasing diversity awareness in computing. She is the Communication and Outreach Chair of ACM Women-Europe. She collaborates with the Micro:bit Educational Foundation to support their mission of teaching coding to school children. She is the co-author of the Networking with the Micro:bit book.


  • MSc in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003)
  • PhD in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2007)

Fellow of Higher Education Academy


Athena SWAN SAT Lead; Equality, Diversity, Inclusion Champion (College-level)

Newest selected publications

Sengul, C. (2020) 'Distributed Ledgers for Spectrum Authorization'. IEEE Internet Computing, 24 (3). pp. 7 - 18. ISSN: 1089-7801 Open Access Link

Journal article

Bertin, E., Hussein, D., Sengul, C. and Frey, V. (2019) 'Access control in the Internet of Things: a survey of existing approaches and open research questions'. Annales des Telecommunications/Annals of Telecommunications, 74 (7-8). pp. 375 - 388. ISSN: 0003-4347 Open Access Link

Journal article

Sengul, C. (2017) 'Privacy, consent and authorization in IoT'.2017 20th Conference on Innovations in Clouds, Internet and Networks (ICIN). Paris, FRANCE. 13 - 9 March. IEEE. pp. 319 - 321. ISSN: 2472-8144

Conference paper

Nie, G., Tian, H., Sengul, C. and Zhang, P. (2017) 'Forward and Backhaul Link Optimization for Energy Efficient OFDMA Small Cell Networks'. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 16 (2). pp. 1080 - 1093. ISSN: 1536-1276

Journal article

Al-Bado, M., Sengul, C., Sreenan, CJ. and Brown, KN. (2016) 'Hidden terminal management for uplink traffic in rate-controlled WiFi networks'.2016 IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communication (ISCC). Messina, ITALY. 15 - 30 June. IEEE. pp. 1066 - 1071. ISSN: 1530-1346

Conference paper
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