Heads of School

Associate Professor Irfan Altas

MSc METU , PhD Sask

Head of School, School of Computing, Mathematics and Engineering
Wagga Wagga
Building 1 Room 312

Irfan is the Head of School, School of Computing and Mathematics. Prior to entering tertiary education, Irfan worked as a computer programmer. Since 1980 Irfan has been involved in computing and computational mathematics education and research.

Before joining Charles Sturt Irfan worked at the following universities: University of Saskatchewan (Canada), Middle East Technical University (Turkey), George Washington University (USA) and the University of Queensland (Australia). Irfan's research interests are broad; he has published papers on data mining, image processing, mesh generation, multigrid algorithms and computational fluid dynamics. Irfan is involved in research projects at international and national levels in these areas.


Research Focus

  • Data mining
  • Numerical solution of differential equations
  • Use of the Internet and new technology in teaching
  • Network security
  • Development of scientific parallel algorithms

Professional Activities


  • Digital Careers - NSW Steering Committee
  • Box Hill Institute IT Curriculum Committee
  • Cisco Certified Academy Instructor
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Microsoft Certified Professional

Past memberships

  • Member of Australian Mathematical Society
  • Member of American Mathematical Society
  • Member of Canadian Mathematical Society

Selected Publications

  • Md. Islam, R. Islam, A.S.M. Kayes, C. Liu, and I Altas (2014) A Survey on Mining Program-Graph Features for Malware Analysis, 10th International ICST Conference, SecureComm, Revised Selected Papers, Part II, pp.220-236, Tian, Jing, Jing, Jiwu, Srivatsa, Mudhakar (Eds.) ISBN 978-3-319-23802-9
  • R. Islam, I. Altas and S. Islam (2013) Exploring Timeline Approach for Malware Detection, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology Volume 405, pp 1-13
  • R. Islam, I. Altas (2012) A comparative study of malware family classification, LNCS 7618, Springer, pp 488-496
  • J. Howarth, I. Altas and B. Dalgarno (2010) Information Flow Control Using the Java Virtual Machine Tool Interface, International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, 689-695, doi: 10.1109/ARES.2010.75
  • J. Messing, I. Altas, and J. Howarth, (2008) Implementing Microsoft PiL in Australian Schools, International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), Vol 3, No 2 (2008) pp 63-68
  • J. Messing, I. Altas, and J. Howarth, (2007) Partners in learning in Australian schools. Conference Proceedings ICL 2007, Kassel University Press ISBN 978-3-89958-279-6.
  • P. White, I. Altas, J. Howarth, and J. Weckert (2007). An internal enterprise framework for identity based management. APAC07.
  • D. Buckley, I. Altas, and J. Howarth (2007). A real-time intrusion detection system for the Windows environment. Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference WWW / Internet, 2, 84-88, ISBN 978-972-8924-43-0.
  • J. Messing and I. Altas, 2006, "Using IT industry practices to modernize university education", Industry and Higher Education, Volume 20, Number 1, February 2006, pp. 25-30(6)
  • P. Roy, I. Altas, and J. Howarth 2006, "An Implementation of a Remote Virtual Networking Laboratory for Educational Purposes", in the conference proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education & Training, ISBN: 1-4244-0406-1, pp. 162-167
  • T. Lang, J. Howarth and I. Altas, 2006, "Uni-Access: A secure location aware communication system providing user privacy", in the conference proceedings of First International Conference on Communications and Networking in China, ISBN, 1-4244-0463-0
  • I Altas and A. Yazici, 2006, "A Symbolic Treatment of Finite Difference Formulae for Solving Differential Equations" in the conference proceedings of Third International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics, ISBN: 0471072709
  • A. Yazici, I. Altas and T. Ergenc, 2005, "2d Polynomial Interpolation: A Symbolic Approach with Mathematica", in the Proceedings of International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications - ICCSA 2005, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3482, pp. 463-471.
  • J. Messing and I. Altas, 2005, "University + IT Industry Training = Success Beyond Expectations", in the conference proceedings of 4th International Conference, New Horizons in Industry, Business and Education, ISBN: 960-85316-9-1.
  • I. Altas, and M. Anderson,(2005) Implementing Cover Coefficient Algorithm as a Top-N Recommendation System, Journal of Mathematical Sciences, Vol. 16 No. 1(2005) pp. 9-16.
  • S. Roberts, M. Hegland and I. Altas, (2003) Approximation of a Thin Plate Spline Smoother Using Continuous Piecewise Polynomial Functions. SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, Vol. 41, No. 1 (2003) pp. 208-234.
  • M. Anderson, I. Altas and G. Fellows, (2003) Web Personalisation with the Cover Coefficient Algorithm. in the Proc. of Computational Science-ICCS 2003, Eds. P.M.A. Sloot, A.V. Bogdanov, J.J. Dongarra, A.Y. Zomaya and Y.E. Gorbachev. Vol.3, pp.422-431.
  • S. Poon, I. Altas and G. Fellows, (2003), Integrated E-Marketing - A Strategy Driven Technical Analysis, in "Architectural Issues of Web-Enabled Electronic Business" Eds. N. Shi and V.K. Murthy pp. 321-332
  • P. Christen, M. Hegland, O. M. Nielsen, S. Roberts, P. E. Strazdins and I. Altas, "Scalable Parallel Algorithms for Surface Fitting and Data Mining", Journal of Parallel Computing, Vol. 27 (2001) pp. 941-961.

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