Lotfi ben Othmane

  • Lecturer

Main Office

315 Durham Center
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515 294-0416
Fax: 515-294-3637


Ph.D., Computer Science, Western Michigan University (2010)

M.S., Computer Science, University of Sherbrooke (2000)

B.S., Computer Science Applied to Management, University of Sfax (1995)

Interest Areas

Core Research Areas: Secure and reliable computing, software systems, information assurance

Strategic Areas: Cyber infrastructure; data, decisions, network & autonomy

Brief Biography

Dr. Lotfi ben Othmane is a Lecturer (Teaching Assistant Professor) at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Previously, he was a Research Scientist and then Head of the Secure Software Engineering department at Fraunhofer SIT, Germany. Lotfi received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University (WMU), USA, in 2010; the M.S. in computer science from University of Sherbrooke, Canada, in 2000; and the B.S in information systems from University of Economics and Management of Sfax, Tunisia, in 1995. He works currently on software security, specifically on (1) the application of empirical methods to address software security challenges and (2) the impact of incremental development on the security of software.

Selected Publications

Google Scholar Profile:
  • L. ben Othmane, M. G. Jaatun, and E. Weippl, Eds., Empirical Research for Software Security: Foundations and Experience. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, 2017.
  • R. Ranchal, B. Bhargava, P. Angin, and L. ben Othmane, Epics: A framework for enforcing security policies in composite web services, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, Special Issue on Recent Advances in Web Services Research, 2018.
  • L. ben Othmane, G. Chehrazi, E. Bodden, P. Tsalovski, and A. D. Brucker, Time for addressing software security issues: prediction models and impacting factors, Data Science and Engineering, 2, (2), 107–124, Jun. 2017.
  • L. ben Othmane, R. Ranchal, R. Fernando, B. Bhargava, and E. Bodden, Incorporating attacker capabilities in risk estimation and mitigation, Computers & Security, 51, 41–61, Jun. 2015, Elsevier.
  • L. ben Othmane, P. Angin, H. Weffers, and B. Bhargava, Extending the agile development approach to develop acceptably secure software, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, 11, (6), 497–509, Nov. 2014.
  • L. Lilien, L. ben Othmane, P. Angin, A. DeCarlo, R. Salih, and B. Bhargava, A simulation study of ad hoc networking of UAVs with opportunistic resource utilization networks, Journal of Network and Computer Applications, special Issue Advanced Technologies for Homeland Defense and Security, 38, 3–15. Feb. 2014, Elsevier