Dr. Issa Traore

Professor, P.Eng

Ph: 250-721-8697

Email: itraore at

Co-Founder, Plurilock Security Solutions Inc.

Co-Founder, Email Veritas Security Technologies, Ltd.

Senior Area Editor, IEEE Transactions on Information Security and Forensics (TIFS)

(Previously) Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Information Security and Forensics (TIFS)

(Previously) Area Editor, Wiley Journal of Security & Privacy

Research interests: network security, behavioral biometrics technologies, and software quality engineering.



Current Courses


Professional Experience


Dr. Waleed A. Yousef,

Senior scientist, ISOT LAB;
Adjunct professor, University of Victoria;
Senior member, IEEE.

Email: wyousef at uvic dot ca


  • M.Sc. in Statistics, The George Washington University (GWU), 2007.
  • Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, GWU, 2006.
  • M.Sc. in Computer Science, Helwan University, 1999.
  • Professional Certificate in Computer Systems and Applications, American University in Cairo (AUC), 1997.
  • B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Communications and Electronics, Ain Shams University, 1995.

Research Interest

  • Data Science, Data Analysis, Statistical Learning, Machine Learning, and Pattern Recognition.
  • Assessment of Classification Rules and ROC Analysis.
  • Data Visualization.



Research Positions

  • Senior Scientist, ISOT lab., University of Victoria, BC,Canada (2019-present).
  • Adjunct professor, University of Victoria, BC, Canada (2021-present).
  • Lab Director, Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCILAB) (2011-present).
  • CEO, Research Director, MESC for Research and Development. (2010-present).
  • Research Member, Microarray Quality Control Phase 2 (MAQC2) Project (2007-2010). In response to the FDA Critical Path Initiative, scientists at the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Jefferson, Arkansas, formally launched the MAQC project. This is a group of over 100 members from industry, academia, and US government working on methods for developing predictive models that use high-dimensional microarray (“DNA chips”) data to classify patients into low- or high-risk with respect to getting a specified kind of cancer.
  • Research Fellow, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) / Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) (2005-2007). Designing and testing statistical learning algorithms to work on real data problems, e.g., medical data for diagnostic purposes.

Doctoral Research Associates


Ms. Hadeer Saad Ahmed

Email: hsahmed at

Ms. Noel Khaemba

Mr. Paulo Quinan

Email: quinan at

Mr. William Briguglio

Email: wbriguglio at

Master’s Students

  • Aashish Arora
  • Achyuth Nandikotkura
  • Ahmed Abouelkhaire
  • Ahmed Farag
  • Andrew A. Naguib
  • Arman Goudarz
  • Dhruvil Sachdev
  • Fateme Rangch
  • Jianfeng Liu
  • Jinlin Bu
  • Ornella Lucresse Soh 
  • Simbarashe Zuv

Postdoc Fellows


Dr. Youssef Nakkabi

VP Data Science & Innovation
Plurilock Security Solutions Inc., Victoria, BC, Canada

Dr. Ali Tekeoglu

Cybersecurity Researcher / Sr Professional Staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

PhD Graduates


Dr. Wei Lu

 Professor, Computer Science Department

Keene State College, NH, USA


Dr. Ahmed Awad

Associate Professor

New York Institute of Technology, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Dr. Ahmad Almulhem

 Professor Computer Engineering Department

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia


Dr. Michael Yanguo Liu


Camosun College

Victoria, BC, Canada


Dr. Amany Abdelhalim

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Computers and Information Systems

Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt


Dr. Omar H. Mohamed

Business Process Optimization Director

Avaya, TX, USA


Dr. Soltan Alharbi

Assistant Professor

Taif University, Saudi Arabia


Dr. Shahid Alam

Assistant Professor

Gebze Technical University, Turkey


Dr. Sherif Saad


University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada


Dr. Marcelo Luiz Brocardo
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Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil


 Dr. Bassam Sayed

Tech Lead and Manager Data Platform and Site Automation | Team at The Globe and Mail

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Alexander Hoole

Manager, Software Security Research

Micro Focus Security Fortify, San Francisco, CA, USA

Dr. Asem Kitana
Dr. Hanan Alhindi

Dr. Mohammed Alshahrani
Dr. Abdulaziz Aldribi

Dr. Faisal Alshanketi



Master’s Students

  • Hong Ye, Msc.
  • Akif Nazar, Msc.
  • Iris Daoyu Lai, Msc.
  • Yingua Zhang, MEng.
  • Sreedhar Kothapali, MEng.
  • Fei Huang, MEng.
  • David Zhao
  • Eric Mason
  • Erik Johnson
  • Jaimin Modi
  • Hetang Patel
  • Brijesh Jethva
  • Manpreet Singh
  • Simran Kaur
  • Ruiqi Hu
  • Anthony Zeng
  • Asem Ghaleb
  • Moneer Fakroon
  • Abdelrahman Alenazi
  • Fatema Rashid
  • Sreedhar Kothapali
  • Bijan Khalilian
  • Mhernaz Bayaki
  • Balvinder Handa
  • Alnaghes Mnar Saeed
  • Olaoluwa Olayokun
  • Prabhjot Kaur
  • Hadeer Saad Ahmed
  • Aashna Ahluwalia
  • Darshit Patel
  • Rajiv Roy
  • Onyekachi Enyinnaya Nwamuo
  • Chenyang Nie
  • Nitika Jindal
  • Ujwal Reddy Ghondi
  • Anirudh Karanth
  • Aigerim Mashkanova
  • Jay Shah
  • Dhruvalkumar Patel
  • Jaynish Patel
  • Parisa Moghaddam.
  • Behnaz Saropourian.
  • Ilnaz Nikseresht
  • Krunal Sachdev.
  • Chitrarth Patel.
  • Somayeh Roshandel.
  • Parisa Moghaddam
  • Faith Douglas Okpongete
  • Sanjay Dutt