Career Profile

I am Khadija, a PhD. student working with Dr. Mubashir Hussain Rehmani and Dr. Donna Oshea at Nimbus Research Center, Munster Technological University (MTU), with research focus on preserving privacy of IoT devices data. I worked as Research Associate at Blockchain Lab Information Technology University Lahore for one year before starting my PhD. Previously, I have worked as a Software Engineera at Inara Technologies for three years.
I am interested in exploring areas of Crptography particulaly Blockchain technology and System Design for Internet of Things (IoT). Prior to joining industry job, I was at SysNet Lab, LUMS working on designing IoT systems for thermal comfort and energy-efficient built environments, with Dr. Hamad Alizai .

In my free time I like to read books, code for fun and cook food. You can download my CV.


Research Associate

2019 - 2020
Blochain Lab, ITU, Lahore

Blockchain based PKI Protocol with Dr. Muhammad Umar Janjua

Software Engineer

2017 - 2019
Inara Technologies Pvt. Pakistan

Designing and impelementing enterprize systems using BPMN models, Django as backend python framework and AngularJS as frontend.


”DPNCT: A Differential Private Noise Cancellation Scheme for Load Monitoring and Billing for Smart Meters”
Khadija Hafeez, Mubashir Husain Rehmani, Donna O’Shea
To appear in IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2021 - Workshop on Communication, Computing, and Networking in Cyber-Physical Systems (IEEE CCN-CPS 2021), Montreal, Canada, June 2021.
”Inverting HVAC for Energy Efficient Thermal Comfort in Populous Emerging Countries”
Khadija Hafeez, Yasra Chandio, Abu Bakar, Ayesha Ali, Affan A. Syed, Tariq M. Jadoon, Muhammad Hamad Alizai
ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys), 2017 Best Paper Award (Audience Choice).
”Inverted HVAC: Saving the World, One Building at a Time”
Samar Abbas, Abu Bakar, Yasra Chandio, Khadija Hafeez, Ayesha Ali, Tariq M. Jadoon, Muhammad Hamad Alizai
Special Issue of ACM Transaction on Sensor Networks (TOSN), 2018.


I have been involved in several R&D projects particularly in the field of IoTs, data analytics and software development. Some of these projects include:

Hawadaar - An IoT-based retrofitted HVAC system for personalized comfort that provides centralized control abstraction to efficiently air-condition traditional buildings, lacking HVAC, using distributed legacy devices such as heater and AC units. Hawadaar can save up to 6% of electricity per capita in residential and commercial sectors — resulting in a substantial countrywide impact in Pakistan. (ACM BuildSys Paper)
CrowdFeed - A location-aware context-sensitive crowdsourcing platform to help people utilize their spare time efficiently and enjoyably by performing assigned tasks on their mobile phones and gain some reward, discount or non-monetary benefit in return. The captured context helps context-aware experience sampling from the right person at right place and right time for the benefit of both the task performer and the task giver.
LearnQuran - An educational web application for providing a better understanding of the morphological and lexical analysis of Quranic Arabic and its various colloquial parts of speech.We used the technique called total physical interaction (TPI) to ensure quick learning of the language in a comprehensive manner. (Third Prize in NUST-SEECS Open House,2014)

Teaching and Ressearch

I worked as a Teaching Assistant for the following courses:

Intro to Computer Programming - CS-200 LUMS (2016-Spring Semester) Dr. Hammad
Object Oriented Programming with C++ - NUST (2013-Fall Semester) Shumyl Bin Mansoor


Audience Choice Best Paper Award at ACM BuildSys (2017)
Third poistion in Final Year Projects Open House at NUST (2014)
Merit Based Scholarship in BE-Software Engineering
Letter of Appreciation on responsible position as a Class Representative (2013)

Skills & Proficiency

Raspberry pi


Python & Django


Illustrator & Photoshop


Blockchain(Dapps using solidity)

matplotlib & numpy