I currently hold a fractional appointment as Senior Lecturer of Practice in Computing at Western Sydney University. I was previously an Assistant Professor at the Singapore Institute of Technology, and before that a Sessional Lecturer at Victoria University Sydney. Over various roles in various institutions I’ve taught programming, mathematics, software design and software performance.

I received a PhD from the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney in 2001, and was afterwards a research fellow in multimedia security at the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Wollongong and iCore Information Security Lab at the University of Calgary. I was later a software engineer at the Queensland University
of Technology Library
and Intersect.

My principal research interests are digital rights management, digital libraries and open data. At the University of Wollongong and University of Calgary, I published research in copyright protection, privacy, digital watermarking, and the security of electronic healthcare records. I’ve since written a few book chapters on digital rights management, mostly co-authored with Rei Safavi-Naini. At the Queensland University of Technology and Intersect, I developed software to support the publication and sharing of scholarly articles and data.

Many of my research publications are available for download from the links on this web site. Please contact me for further information about anything I have done.

Nicholas Sheppard

Selected Publications

This is a selection that I think best represents my research, in reverse chronological order of publication. See my publications page for a complete list, organised by topic.

N. P. Sheppard. Can Smart Contracts Learn From Digital Rights Management?. IEEE Technology & Society Magazine 39(1), March 2020, pp. 69-75. [Publisher].

N. P. Sheppard and R. Safavi-Naini. On the Operational Semantics of Rights Expression Languages. ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management 2009, Chicago, Illinois, USA, pp. 17-28. [ ACM DL Author-ize service Download]

N. P. Sheppard. On Implementing MPEG-21 Intellectual Property Management and Protection. ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management 2007, Alexandria, Virginia, USA, pp. 10-22. [Download]

N. P. Sheppard and R. Safavi-Naini. Protecting Privacy with the MPEG-21 IPMP Framework. International Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Technologies 2006, Cambridge, UK, pp. 152-171. [Download]

N. P. Sheppard and R. Safavi-Naini. Sharing Digital Rights with Domain Licensing. ACM Workshop on Multimedia Content Protection and Security 2006, Santa Barbara, California, USA, pp. 3-12. [Download]

R. Safavi-Naini, N. P. Sheppard and T. Uehara. Import/Export in Digital Rights Management, ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management 2004, Washington DC, USA, pp. 99-110. [Download]

N. P. Sheppard, R. Safavi-Naini and P. Ogunbona. Secure Multimedia Authoring with Dishonest Collaborators. EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing, Special Issue on Multimedia Security and Rights Management, October 2004, pp. 2214-2223. [Download]