Professor Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam

Professor Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam
Associate Professor
Room No: M-127 M-Block
Information Systems and Technology


Professor Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam started his academic career since 1994. Almost three decades of experience in India, Ethiopia and South Africa has shaped his academic career in several dimensions. He joined UKZN during the year 2009. He has a passion for teaching, research and supervision. He is a lifelong learner and always willing to get exposed to the emerging computing fields. At UKZN, he was instrumental in introducing honours level modules, Mobile and Personal Information Systems which focus on Android Mobile Application Development and Big Data Management and Analytics. 

His teaching areas includes Database design and management, Advanced Systems Analysis and Design, Mobile and Personal Information Systems using Java Programming language, and Big Data Management and Analytics using R analytical tool. 

His research vision is to tackle problems related to social engineering using mobile computing technologies and data science. He has supervised numerous masters and PhD research dissertations to completion in the areas of Big Data Analytics, BYOD Security, Social Engineering, Knowledge Management, Gamification, and teaching and learning technologies. 

Imparting knowledge is incomplete without potential collaborations. Collaborating with the right people enables effective knowledge sharing and building. Professor Prabhakar has served in several curriculum development committees in different countries. Currently, he serves as a Board of Studies (International Member) for MSc (Data Analytics) program offered by an autonomous institution in India. He has established collaborative forums with the researchers in other institutions and published several journal articles. He has served as an editorial board member and reviewer for several journals, and conferences. 

Academic Qualifications

  • B.Sc.
  • M.Sc.
  • M.Phil.
  • PhD

Professional Bodies

  • Member, IEEE Computer Society

Research Interests

  • Mobile Computing
  • IoT
  • Big Data
  • Social Engineering

Publications and Papers

  • Kariuki, P., Ofusori, L.O., Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam (2023), “Cyber security threats and vulnerabilities experienced by small-scale African migrant traders in Southern Africa”, Security Journal, Doi: 10.1057/s41284-023-00378-1.
  • Charles Baah, Irene Govender, Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam (2023), “Exploring the role of gamification in motivating students to learn”, Cogent Education, 10:2210045.
  • Vellingiri J, Kalaivanan K, Gopinath M.P., Gobinath C, Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam, Sarathkumar Rangarajan (2023). Strategies for classifying water quality in the Cauvery River using a federated learning technique. International Journal of Cognitive Computing in Engineering, Vol. 4, Pp. 187-193.
  • Kariuki, P., Ofusori, L.O., Goyayi, M.L. and Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam (2023), “Health-related misinformation and public governance of COVID-19 in South Africa”, Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance, Vol. 25(1), pp. 58-74.
  • Junior Vela Vela, Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam, Lizzy Oluwatoyin Ofusori (2022). “Facilitating Conditions in Adopting Big Data Analytics at Medical Aid Organizations in South Africa”. The Journal of Industrial Distribution & Business, Vol 13(11), Pp 1 – 10.
  • Vicent Mbonye, Indira Padayachee, Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam (2022). “An integrated conceptual model to secure digitally enabled smart grid towards sustainable energy”, International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 16(3/4), Pp 400 – 424.
  • Kundai Oliver Shadwell Sai, Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam (2022). “The utilization of ICTs for knowledge management in a Zimbabwean urban district council”, The Journal of Industrial Distribution & Business, Vol 13(2), Pp 1 – 15.
  • S. Gunasekaran, S. Shanmugam, D. Palanivel Rajan, P. Rontala (2022). “Blockchain Technology-Enabled Healthcare IoT to Increase Security and Privacy Using Fog Computing”. Chapter 8. Machine Learning, Block Chain, and Cyber-Security in Smart Environments, First Edition, Chapman and Hall/CRC, Taylor and Francis Group.
  • Mbonye, V., Subramaniam, P. R, & Padayachee, I. (2021). POPIA complaint regulatory framework for smart grids to secure gaps in the existing privacy laws. Paper presented at the 2021 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Computing and Data Communication Systems (icABCD), SouthAfrica.
  • Kariuki, P., Ofusori, L. O., Subramaniam, P. R., Okpeku, M. & Goyayi, M. L. (2021). Challenges in contact tracing by mining mobile phone location data for COVID-19: Implications for public governance in South Africa. Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, 16, 101-124.
  • Marialauda J. Goyayi, Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam (2021). “A Technology Adoption Model for Mobile-Enabled Government Services”, International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, 17(3), Pp 34 – 53, 2021.
  • Lizzy Oluwatoyin Ofusori, Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam (2021). “A Study on E-commuting: Alleviating Technical and Mobility Threats in a BYOD-Enabled Banking Environment in Nigeria”, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development,
  • Lizzy Oluwatoyin Ofusori, Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam (2021). “The influence of Technical and Social Factors in mitigating threats in a BYOD Enabled Environment”, International Journal of Information Systems in the Service Sector, 13(1).