Associate Professor Wei Qi Yan

Wei Qi Yan

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 5107


Physical Address:
AUT Tower, WT4.08
No. 2-14 Wakefield Street, Auckland

Postal Address:

Department of Computer Science
School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142, New Zealand 


BSc & MSc(Maths), PhD(CEng), Chinese Academy of Sciences

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Leader, AUT Computer and Cyber Security Group Since 2011
  • Board Member, AUT Kedri Since 2012
  • Adjunct Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences Since 2013
  • Chapter Chair, ACM Multimedia New Zealand Since 2013.
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics (EI and ESCI) Since 2014
  • Deputy Director,  AUT Centre for Robotics and Vision Since 2015


Dr Wei Qi Yan is an Associate Professor of Computer Science with the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). As stated in his PBRF portfolio, Dr Yan’s expertise is in digital security, surveillance, privacy and forensics, he is leading the Computer and Cyber Security (CCS) Research Group at AUT. Dr Yan is the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of  International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics (indexed by EI and ESCI), the founding chair of international workshop IWDCF. Dr Yan was an exchange computer scientist between the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS is leading the Nature Index), he is the Chair of ACM Multimedia Chapter of New Zealand, a Member of the ACM, a Senior Member of the IEEE, TC members of the IEEE. Dr Yan is an adjunct Professor with PhD supervision of the State Key Laboratory of Information Security (SKLOIS) China. 

  • General Chair, IWDW 2013.
  • Exchange Scientist between China and New Zealand, 2013.
  • Visiting Professor, University of Auckland, 2014.
  • Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore (Global 12), 2015.
  • Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2015.
  • Chair, International Workshop on Video Surveillance, 2015.
  • Program Chair, IWDCF 2015.
  • Area Chair, IEEE VCIP 2016.
  • Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2016.
  • Chair,  IWDCF 2016.
  • TPC Chair, ICIE 2017.
  • Chair,  IWDCF 2017.
  • Program Chair, IEEE AVSS 2018.

Teaching Areas:

  • Bachelor in Computer Science
  • Master in Computer Science
  • PhD in Computer Science

Research Areas:

  • Security, Forensics, Surveillance and Privacy
  • Graphics, Image and Video, Vision and Multimedia
  • Computational Intelligence, Intelligent Navigation, Event Computing

Research Summary:

Recent Talks:
  • Visual Cryptography and Its Applications
  • Analytics of Visual Cryptography
  • Content Based Visual Cryptography
  • Intelligent Surveillance
  • Visual Event Computing
  • Intelligent Navigation
  • Privacy Preservation of Social Media
  • Analogy: An AI Approach
  • Currency Security

Current Research Projects:

Granted Proposals:

  • Homomorphic encryption Based Visual Secret Sharing and Its Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2017-2019.
  • Hyperspectral Imaging for Food Security and Assurance, AgResearch NZ, 2016-2019.
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing, AUT SRIF Project (INTELLECTE/2), 2015-2016.
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing, AUT SRIF Project (INTELLECTE/1), 2014-2015.
  • Content based Authentication of Visual Cryptography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2014-2016.
  • Content based Visual Cryptography, RSNZ, 2013.
  • m-LTE: a mobile based Learning and Teaching Environment, AUT CfLAT Project, 2011.

Supervised Research Students:

B. Bakhsh, 2017; J. Shen, 2017; J. Lu, 2017; L. Zhou, 2017; Y. Zhang, 2017 (Postdoc); Y. Zhu, 2016; J. Wang, 2016; Y. Zhang, 2016; D. Gu, 2016; Y. Tong, 2015; D. Kieran, 2014; C. Maimbo, 2014; W. Cui, 2014; P. Treum, 2014; G. Wang, 2014; J. Li, 2014; M. Niitsuma, 2013; R. Chandran, 2013; J. Chambers, 2013;  E. Wang, 2012, et al.  


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Last updated: 02-Mar-2017 8.49am

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