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PhotoDr Martin Albrecht studied Computer Science at Universität Bremen in Germany before coming to Royal Holloway to earn his PhD under the supervision of Carlos Cid. After completing his PhD he took a postdoc position at LIP6 in Paris in the POLSYS group of Jean-Charles Faugère and then moved to DTU in Copenhagen to join the team of Lars Knudsen. He came back to Royal Holloway for a postdoc position with Kenny Paterson before becoming a lecturer in the Information Security Group. His research is focused on all aspects of cryptography from the hard mathematical problems underlying it to the cryptanalysis of deployed cryptographic protocols and implementations. He is also a contributor to the Sage Mathematics Software http://www.sagemath.org and many other open-source projects. He blogs at https://martinralbrecht.wordpress.com and publishes code at https://bitbucket.org/malb/ and https://github.com/malb

Room: McCrea 223
Email: martin.albrecht[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Jorge Blasco is a Lecturer within the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway University of London. He obtained his PhD from University Carlos III of Madrid in 2012. His dissertation was focused in the field of information security and insider threats. He is an active Android and iOS app developer with several apps being available in both OS official markets. After obtaining his PhD, Jorge worked as an assistant lecturer in University Carlos III of Madrid. In 2014, he moved to City University London, where he worked as a Research Fellow for two years. His main research interests include mobile malware, covert channels and wearables and IoT security. He has published several research papers in international Conferences and Journals.

Room: McCrea 355B
Tel: 01784 443116
Email: Jorge.BlascoAlis[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Lorenzo Cavallaro is a Senior Lecturer (roughly equivalent to Associate Professor in the USA) of Information Security in the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway University of London. His research focuses largely on systems security. To this end, he has founded and is leading the recently-established Systems Security Research Lab (S2Lab) within the ISG, which focuses on devising novel techniques to protect systems from a broad range of threats, including those perpetrated by malicious software. In particular, Lorenzo's lab aims ultimately at building practical tools and provide security services to the community at large.

Room: McCrea 231
Tel: 01784 414381
Email: lorenzo.cavallaro[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoProfessor Carlos Cid BSc, PhD (UnB, Brazil) received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Brasilia, Brazil in 1999. After working for a short period as lecturer in Brazil, he spent a year as postdoctoral researcher at RWTH-Aachen, Germany. Between 2001 and 2003 he worked as software engineer for an Irish network security start-up, where he was involved in the design and development of hardware security modules and network security appliances. Carlos joined the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway in October 2003, and became a Professor in January 2014. He is the Director of Royal Holloway's Center for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security. Carlos has a broad interest in the area of Information Security, in particular cryptography. He was highly involved with the European Network of Excellence in Cryptology – ECRYPT (2004-2013), in which he held several research and administrative roles. He is member of the Editorial Board of the Designs, Codes and Cryptography journal, and was general and programme co-chair of FSE 2014, held in London in March 2014.

Room: McCrea 224
Tel: 01784 414685
Email: carlos.cid[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Chez Ciechanowicz B.Sc. Ph.D. (London) received his BSc (Hons) in Pure Mathematics in 1975 and his PhD in Mathematics in 1980. He then worked at the National Physical Laboratory for five years specialising firstly in compiler validation, then in cryptography and digital signatures. He ended his stay at the Laboratory holding the rank of Senior Scientific Officer. From 1984 to 1989 he was a lecturer in the Computer Science Department of Royal Holloway. From 1989 to 2001 Chez was as a consultant at Zergo/Baltimore Technologies focussing on risk analysis. At Zergo he did security reviews for large Government departments and industrial institutions throughout Europe and USA. He was a principal author of Zergo’s own risk analysis method. He was editor of the Elsevier Information Security Technical Report for 10 years. For an extended period Chez was on secondment to the Information Security Group as the Zergo Teaching Fellow. He was also a founding member of the BCS ISEB Information Security Management Certificate Board. Chez became a permanent member of the ISG in 2001. At Royal Holloway, Chez has performed a number of very high profile consultancy assignments. These included TfL’s Oyster Card, the Dutch Government’s OV-Chipkaart, and the ITSO scheme. He is currently Programme Director the Information Security MSc.

Room: McCrea 341
Tel: 01784 443112
Email: z.ciechanowicz[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoProfessor Lizzie Coles-Kemp B.A.(Hons), M.Sc. Ph.D. (London) was awarded a B.A.(Hons) in Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics from the University of Hull in 1988. Lizzie is an alumna of the ISG's Information Security Masters programme and received a Ph.D. in Information Security Management Systems from King's College, London. Until 2008 Lizzie worked as an information security practitioner undertaking such roles as a compliance assessor for LRQA, Global Security Manager for the British Council and information security architect (DynaSoft AB). She has experience of working in the banking, healthcare, government, communications and utilities sectors. In 2008 she joined the ISG as a Lecturer in information governance and security management and originally taught on behalf of the ISG as part of the innovative biomedical informatics undergraduate degree course located at St George's Hospital, University of London. Lizzie became a Senior Lecturer in 2011 and now leads the Security Management module on the ISG's Information Security MSc. Since 2008, Lizzie has developed a strand of creative security research that uses qualitative and creative research methods to focus on topics of culture and security. Her main focus is the interaction between communities and security and privacy technologies, how each influences the other and the communities of practice that emerge. She set up Possible Futures Lab within the ISG to focus specifically on participatory research approaches to information management and often works with marginalised and hidden communities.

Room: McCrea 342
Tel: 01784 443084
Email: Lizzie.Coles-Kemp[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoProfessor Jason Crampton B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc., Ph.D.(London) was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Manchester in 1986. He worked as a maths teacher for several years and then for a trade union, during which time he completed a part time MSc in Computer Science in 1996. He returned to full-time education in 1998, being awarded a PhD in 2002. His research focuses on access control, particularly languages for specifying access control policies and cryptographic enforcement of policies. He was Programme Chair for SACMAT 2011 and ESORICS 2013. He served on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Information and System Security for five years and is currently an Associate Editor for the open access journals Algorithms and Journal of Trust Management.

Room: McCrea 344
Tel: 01784 443117
Email: Jason.Crampton[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoProfessor Peter Komisarczuk B.Sc. M.Sc. Ph.D. CEng is Director of Distance Learning in the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Nottingham and his Ph.D. from the University of Surrey (1998). He has worked in industry in various R&D roles at Ericsson, Fujitsu and Nortel Networks in the areas of next generation 'intelligent networks', access and optical networks and internet network technology. He researches and publishes in the areas of internet security, networks and protocols, next generation networks and cognitive radio and worked at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) 2003-2010 and the University of West London (UWL) 2010-2014. He teaches primarily in networks and security. He is a chartered engineer, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the British Computer Society (BCS).

Room: McCrea 340
Tel: 01784 443089
Email: peter.komisarczuk[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoProfessor Kostas Markantonakis B.Sc. (Lancaster University), M.Sc., Ph.D. (London) received his BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from Lancaster University in 1995, his MSc in Information Security in 1996, his PhD in 2000 and his MBA in International Management in 2005 from Royal Holloway, University of London. He is currently a Reader in the Information Security Group. His main research interests include smart card security and applications, secure cryptographic protocol design, Public Key Infrastructures, key management, mobile phone security, embedded systems. Since completing his PhD, he has worked as an independent consultant in a number of information security and smart card related projects. He has worked as a Multi-application smart card Manager in VISA International EU, responsible for multi-application smart card technology for southern Europe . More recently, he was working as a Senior Information Security Consultant for Steer Davies Gleave, responsible for advising transport operators and financial institutions on the use of smart card technology. He is also a member of the IFIP Working Group 8.8 on Smart Cards. He continues to act as a consultant on a variety of topics including smart card security, key management, information security protocols, mobile devices, smart card migration program planning/project management for financial institutions, transport operators and technology integrators.

Room: Founders West 158
Tel: 01784 414409
Email: K.Markantonakis[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoProfessor Keith Martin B.Sc. (Glasgow), PhD (London), CMath FIMA is Professor of Information Security. He received his BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow in 1988 and a PhD from Royal Holloway in 1991. Between 1992 and 1996 he held a Research Fellowship at the University of Adelaide, investigating mathematical modelling of cryptographic key distribution problems. In 1996 he joined the COSIC research group of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, working on security for third generation mobile communications. Keith rejoined Royal Holloway in January 2000, became a Professor in Information Security in 2007 and was Director of the Information Security Group between 2010 and 2015. Keith's current research interests include key management, cryptographic applications and securing lightweight networks. He is the author of the recently published “Everyday Cryptography” by Oxford University Press. As well as conventional teaching, Keith is a designer and module leader on Royal Holloway’s distance learning MSc Information Security programme, and regularly presents to industrial audiences and schools.

Room: McCrea 349
Tel: 01784 443099
Email: keith.martin[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoProfessor Keith Mayes B.Sc. Ph.D. (Bath) CEng FIET received his BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering in 1983 and a PhD degree in Digital Image Processing in 1987. He spent much of his career working in industry for Pye TVT, Honeywell, Racal and Vodafone, and today is the Director of the Information Security Group and Smart Card Centre at Royal Holloway University of London, as well as the Director of Crisp Telecom Limited. He is an active researcher with 100+ publications and current interests include the design of secure protocols, mobile/fixed communications systems and security tokens/NFC/RFID as well as associated attacks/countermeasures. Keith is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Founder Associate Member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals, a Member of the Licensing Executives Society and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (JTAER). He has had director experience with a London stock market listed company and an American communications company. He led the expert team that carried out counter-expertise work on the Ov-Chipkaart for the Dutch transport ministry, (following attacks on MIFARE Classic); and was recently the ESORICS2013 General Chair.

Room: Founders West 156
Tel: 01784 414408
Email: keith.mayes[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoProfessor Chris Mitchell BSc PhD (London) CITP CMath FBCS FIMA received his BSc (1975) and PhD (1979) degrees in Mathematics from Westfield College, University of London. Prior to his appointment in 1990 as Professor of Computer Science at Royal Holloway, he was a Project Manager in the Networks and Communications Laboratory of Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Bristol, which he joined in 1985. Between 1979 and 1985 he was at Racal-Comsec Ltd (Salisbury, UK), latterly as Chief Mathematician. Soon after joining Royal Holloway in 1990 he co-founded the Information Security Group, and also played a leading role in launching the MSc in Information Security in 1992. His research interests mainly relate to information security and applications of cryptography. He has played an active role in a number of international collaborative projects, including Open Trusted Computing, an EU 6th Framework Integrated Project. Other past projects include the Mobile VCE Core 2 and Core 3 programmes, four EU 5th Framework projects (SHAMAN and PAMPAS on mobile security, USB_Crypt dealing with novel security tokens, and the Finger_Card project combining smart cards and biometrics), and two EU ACTS projects on security for third generation mobile telecommunications systems (USECA and ASPeCT). For over 20 years he has been convenor of Technical Panel 2 of BSI IST/33, dealing with security mechanisms and providing input to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC27, on which he has served as a UK Expert since 1992. He has edited around twenty international security standards and, in recognition of his contributions to international standards, in 2011 he received the prestigious IEC 1906 award. He has published well over 200 research papers. He is co-editor-in-chief of Designs, Codes and Cryptography, a senior editor of IEEE Communications Letters, a member of the editorial board of The Computer Journal and a member of the accreditation board of Computer and Communications Security Abstracts. He has been a member of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board since 2003, he served as a member of the DoCoMo Euro-Labs Advisory Board between 2005 and 2009, and he continues to act as a consultant on a variety of topics in information security.

Room: McCrea 347
Tel: 01784 443423
Email: me[at]chrismitchell.net

PhotoProfessor Sean Murphy BA(Oxon), PhD (Bath) received a B.A. in Mathematics from Oxford University in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Bath in 1989. His academic research concentrates on mathematical cryptology, particularly the use of statistical and algebraic techniques in symmetric cryptology. He was a leader of the NESSIE project, a European project to assess cryptographic primitives for future possible standardisation and helped set up ECRYPT, a European Network of Excellence in Cryptology.

Room: McCrea 354
Tel: 01784 443699
Email: s.murphy[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Siaw-Lynn Ng B.Sc. (Adelaide) Ph.D. (London) was awarded a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Mathematics from the University of Adelaide in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Royal Holloway, University of London in 1998. She was a post-doctoral research assistant at Royal Holloway from 1998 to 2001. Her research interests includes combinatorics and finite geometry and their applications in information security. Siaw-Lynn was appointed as a lecturer in 2001.

Room: McCrea 230
Tel: 01784 414397
Email: s.ng[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoProfessor Kenny Paterson B.Sc. (Hons) (Glasgow), Ph.D. (London) obtained his BSc (Hons) in 1990 from the University of Glasgow and a PhD from the University of London in 1993, both in mathematics. He was a Royal Society Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, from 1993 to 1994, investigating algebraic properties of block ciphers. After that, he was Lloyd's of London Tercentenary Foundation Fellow at the University of London from 1994 to 1996, working on digital signatures. He joined the mathematics group at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Bristol in November 1996, becoming project manager in 1999. His technical work there involved him in international standards setting, internal consultancy on a wide range of mathematical and cryptographic subjects, and intellectual property generation. He also continued with more academic activities. As project manager, he was responsible for running the group and particularly enjoyed the challenge of managing new technology development and transfer to company divisions. In 2001, Kenny re-joined Royal Holloway as a Lecturer, becoming Reader in 2002 and Professor in 2004. He led the ISG's participation in the MoD/DoD-funded International Technology Alliance from 2006 to 2011. In March 2010, Kenny commenced a 5-year research fellowship funded by EPSRC on the topic of "Cryptography: Bridging Theory and Practice". He was Program Chair for Eurocrypt 2011, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cryptology, and continues to consult to industry and governments. Kenny's research interests span a wide range of topics in theoretical and applied cryptography, and information security.

Room: McCrea 348
Tel: 01784 414393
Email: kenny.paterson[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Geraint Price BSc (London), PhD (Cantab) obtained his B.Sc. in Computer Science from Royal Holloway University of London in 1994 and his Ph.D. from University of Cambridge in 1999. His Ph.D. dissertation analysed the interaction between Computer Security and Fault Tolerance. From 1999 to 2001, he was a Research Associate within the University of Cambridge, working on projects related to Denial of Service attacks in networks. In November 2001, he joined the Information Security Group (ISG) as a Research Assistant to work on a project funded by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the future of Public Key Infrastructures. From late 2002 to mid 2004 he worked on a research project funded by the PKI Club at Royal Holloway. In Sept 2004 Geraint was appointed as Lecturer in Information Security. Geraint has a strong interest in the practice of information security and leads the ISG’s external engagement activities with business and government. Geraint is a regular attendee, panellist and speaker at a number of industrial fora, including I-4 and the ISF.

Room: McCrea 225
Tel: 01784 414160
Email: geraint.price[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Elizabeth Quaglia obtained her BSc in Mathematics from Universita degli Studi di Torino (Italy) in 2007. She obtained her MSc in Mathematics of Cryptography and Communications from Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), in 2008, and completed her PhD at RHUL in 2012, under the supervision of Prof. Kenny Paterson. During her time as a PhD student, Elizabeth was a research intern at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, New York, in 2010 and in the Qualcomm Security team in San Diego in 2011. She joined the Crypto team at Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, for an 18-months post-doc and became a visiting lecturer in the Computer Science department of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, as part of a project in collaboration with Academics Without Borders Canada. From 2014 to 2016, she was Senior Researcher in the Security Team of Huawei Technologies, France, based in Paris. Elizabeth’s area of expertise is cryptography, with special focus on public-key encryption. She has also worked on network security, physical-layer security and, more recently, on secure e-voting.

Room: McCrea 339
Tel: 01784 276305
Email: elizabeth.quaglia[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Daniele Sgandurra received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pisa. He is currently Lecturer at the Information Security Group. Daniele has been a visiting researcher at the security group at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, by participating in the Phantom project (virtual machine introspection-based security). He was a PostDoc researcher at the Institute of Informatics and Telematics, National Research Council of Italy, where he has mainly worked in the field of mobile security, and a Research Associate at the Department of Computing, Imperial College London, focusing on threat modelling for Cloud environments and malware analysis. His research focuses on cybersecurity of systems, in particular operating systems/virtualisation, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT)."

Room: Founders West 154
Tel: 01784 444423
Email: daniele.sgandurra[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Allan Tomlinson BSc(Strathclyde) MSc, PhD (Edinburgh) is a senior lecturer with the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was awarded a PhD in 1991 from the University Edinburgh for work on VLSI architectures for cryptography. He then joined the Institute of Microelectronics at the National University of Singapore, working on secure NICAM broadcasting and in 1994 moved to General Instrument in California to work on the Digicipher II pay-tv system. Before joining the ISG in 2003, he was Principal Engineer at Barco Communications Systems where he was responsible for the development of the "Krypton" video scrambler. His current research interests are in systems security and trusted computing.

Room: McCrea 350
Tel: 01784 443079
Email: Allan.Tomlinson[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoProfessor Mike Walker OBE FREng BSc PhD (London) Dr.rer.nat.(habil) (Tübingen) CMath FIMA is an independent consultant in telecommunications, with nearly 30 years in the sector. He spent more than twenty years with Vodafone, the last ten years of which, until his retirement in September 2009, as the Group Research and Development Director for the Vodafone Group of companies. In that position he had responsibility for the Group’s research activities, intellectual property and technology standards worldwide. He also led technology innovation and managed engagement with start-up companies, and was a member of the board of Vodafone Ventures, the venture capital arm of the company. Michael is a Vodafone Fellow and is a technical advisor to the company. From May 2011 until September 2013, Michael was Head of School for Natural and Mathematical Sciences at King’s College London. He was chairman of the Board of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute for the 2008-2011 Board period, and continues today as a board member. He was a member of the UK Technology Strategy Board, and currently sits on the UK Government’s OFCOM spectrum advisory board. Michael is a non-executive director of Avanti, a satellite service provider, as well as of some start up companies. He is a trustee director of the Alacrity Foundation, a charity for providing opportunity for entrepreneurs. Michael sits on scientific advisory boards for the Universities of Warwick and Surrey, and was a member of the academic advisory board of the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He holds the Vodafone Chair in Telecommunications at Royal Holloway, University of London, as a part-time professor. He was a visiting professor at the University of Surrey from 2004-2010. In 2009 he was made a Fellow of the Wireless World Research Forum. Before joining Vodafone, Michael was Head of Mathematics at Racal Research, and prior to that an academic in the Mathematics Department at the University of Tuebingen in Germany. Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and from July 2008 until June 2011 served as a member of Council of the Academy. He was the President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications for the Presidential term 2010-2011. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the University of Plymouth in 2011. He was appointed an OBE in June 2009 for his services to the telecommunications industry.

Room: McCrea 233
Tel: 07785 277687
Email: michael.1.walker[at]icloud.com

PhotoDr Stephen Wolthusen Dipl.-Inform., Dr.-Ing. (TU Darmstadt, Germany) received his Dipl.-Inform. degree in computer science in 1999 and completed his Ph.D. in theoretical computer science in 2003, both at TU Darmstadt. He is currently a Reader in the School of Mathematics and Information Security and holds a concurrent, part-time appointment as Full Professor of Computer Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Prior to joining Royal Holloway in 2006 he was with the Security Technology Department at Fraunhofer-IGD in Darmstadt, Germany. His research interests include models of adversarial behaviour and security particularly for cyber-physical and energy systems, models of critical national infrastructure functions and dependencies, and network security in disadvantaged environments. He is the author of 150 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications as well as author and editor of several books. He has led national and international research projects, and is serving on a number of programme and steering committees in his research areas and advises relevant authorities and companies.

Room: McCrea 353
Tel: 01784 443270
Email: stephen.wolthusen[at]rhul.ac.uk