Our team

Ruba Al Omari

Dr. Al Omari has over 15 years of experience in the Information Technology industry in a variety of roles, which include areas of user support, network management, and security. Al Omari is a full-time professor in the Computer Systems programs of the college’s School of Business, IT & Management. In this position, she teaches courses in the Cybersecurity graduate certificate program in the areas of ethical hacking, law and ethics in IT and forensic investigations, and operating systems. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science from Ontario Tech University, where she also completed her Master of Information Technology Security. Her research interests and published work include areas of artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfaces, human factors (e.g., usability), and security. Dr. Al Omari is a certified chief information security officer (CISO), and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

E: Ruba.AlOmari@durhamcollege.ca
T: 905.721.2000 ext. 2022

Danny Aniag

A full-time professor in the Cybersecurity graduate certificate program, Aniag has two Master of Science degrees in Computer Science and Information Security. He has more than 25 years of experience in business intelligence, systems security, AI development, network and server administrations, and risk management and data recovery in academia and industry. Aniag’s research focuses on artificial intelligence solutions, data security and data privacy. He also administers and oversees the AI Hub’s machine learning lab, working collaboratively with IBM on high capacity systems in AI applications.

E: Danny.Aniag@durhamcollege.ca
T: 905.721.2000 ext. 3624

Dr. Sukhwant Sagar

Dr. Sukhwant Sagar is a professor in the Computer Programming program. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology from the University of Salford in Manchester, United Kingdom. Dr. Sagar brings more than 19 years of experience to this position, and has rich experience working with Information Security along with its subdomains of Network and Cybersecurity. Her specific interests are in the domains of Analysis of Algorithms, Information Security, Machine Learning and Data Science. Sukhwant has conducted workshops in Network Monitoring and Penetration testing in her career in Dubai. She has published more than 25 research papers in International Journals and Conferences.

E: Sukhwant.Sagar@durhamcollege.ca

Research Administrators

Ali Hirji

As the AI Hub’s project manager, Ali Hirji has more than 12 years of experience working on a variety of technology implementations in the government, academic and non-profit sectors. With a specific interest in broadband communications, he has held senior roles in projects to enable remote connectivity, implement technical trainings, bolster cybersecurity frameworks and enhance access to mission critical applications. He has also taken a lead role in securing funding for over 15 related projects and established numerous public private partnerships. Hirji is completing his Doctor of Philosophy in Communications and holds multiple research and teaching positions.

E: Ali.Hirji@durhamcollege.ca
T: 905.721.2000 ext. 6407
Twitter: @abbaspeaks

Vibha Tyagi

Vibha Tyagi is the Manager, Applied Research Partnerships for the Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She provides expertise in the development of collaborative applied research projects through diagnostic assessments, market research, proposal writing and project management.  Vibha has managed several applied research projects including some of the first AI for business solutions projects at DC.

E: Vibha.tyagi@durhamcollege.ca
T: 905.721.2000 ext. 2867
Twitter: @tyagivibha