Michael Hitchens

Associate Professor

  • 819 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
1992 …2019
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Research Interests:  Access Control, network security, cyber security, trust and privacy in computer security, Video Games, computer games, player-avatar relationship, role-playing games.


Videogames are the new media of the 21st century, ranging from simple but enthralling games that can be played a few minutes at time on hand-held devices to epic adventures in virtual worlds that can take hundreds of hours to play.  Of particular interest to me is the relationship between players and their representations in virtual worlds, player experience and the study of roleplaying games.  Roleplaying games present a fascinating example of games, being large in scale, inviting players to identify deeply with their characters and challenging our notions of what a game is and how games and stories relate.


Within the broad area of Computer Security most of my work concentrates on authorisation/access control, trust and network security protocols. Authorisation/access control involves the policies settings that specify what a user or other entity is able to do within a system and the mechanisms that enforce these settings. Trust examines issues of how confident one entity should be in whether another will carry out an action. Network security protocols provide the structure for communication between entities.


Education and Work Experience:  Dr. Hitchens is an associate professor in the Department of Computing at Macquarie University.  He received his PhD in Operating Systems from the University of Newcastle in 1991.  Before joining Macquarie he has worked at Western Sydney University (1991-1995,2000) and the University of Sydney (1996-1999).


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Projects 2007 2017

Research Outputs 1992 2019

A policy based security architecture for software-defined networks

Varadharajan, V., Karmakar, K., Tupakula, U. & Hitchens, M., Apr 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. 14, 4, p. 897-912 16 p., 8453023.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Network security

Design and implementation of a secure and flexible access-right delegation for resource constrained environments

Rabehaja, T., Pal, S. & Hitchens, M., 1 Oct 2019, In : Future Generation Computer Systems. 99, p. 593-608 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Access control
Internet of things
Data storage equipment

Energy efficient military surveillance: coverage meets connectivity

Thomas, D., Shankaran, R., Orgun, M., Hitchens, M. & Ni, W., 15 May 2019, In : IEEE Sensors Journal. 19, 10, p. 3902-3911 10 p., 8625552.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Energy efficiency
Scheduling algorithms
Base stations

Modeling identity for the Internet of Things: survey, classification and trends

Pal, S., Hitchens, M. & Varadharajan, V., 4 Jan 2019, 2018 12th International Conference on Sensing Technology, ICST 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Vol. 2018-December. p. 45-51 7 p. 8603595

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Internet of things
Systems analysis
Access control
Smart sensors
Internet of things