I am currently a lecturer
at Royal Holloway, University of London.
My contact address is
Dr Siaw-Lynn Ng
Information Security Group
University of London
Surrey TW20 0EX
Tel: 01784 414397
Fax: 01784 430766
Email to S.Ng@rhul.ac.uk
I obtained 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.
My PhD thesis is entitled ``On covers of
point sets in finite geometries''
(postscript version or
pdf version). The work includes
constructions of minimal sets of points covering a line in finite
projective planes, as well as a study on a family of
extended generalised quadrangles and a construction of a
new example. The abstract is available in
I was a post-doctoral research
assistant at Royal Holloway from 1998 to 2001 (EPSRC Grant GL/L78505 -
Authentication protocols with asymmetric
I am a senior lecturer, working part-time since 2004.
My main research is in the fields of finite geometry, combinatorics and security protocols. My research
focuses on the interaction between discrete mathematics and information security. Recent research areas
are combinatorial problems in cryptography and communications, and the balancing of privacy and accountability
in anonymous networks.
Module leader for two MSc in Information Security courses:
Business and Security Issues Raised by Electronic Commerce and
Secure Electronic Commerce and Other Applications. I was also
part of the team involved in providing consultancy through Royal
- 2004-2013: Module leader and lecturer for
year Mathematics undergraduate course
MT3620 Cipher Systems)
and co-lecturer with
Dr Carlos Cid for the postgraduate course
MT4620 Advanced Cipher Systems).
- 2014 Autumn term: Sabbatical.
- 2015 Module leader and lecturer for
year Mathematics undergraduate course
MT3620 Cipher Systems) and the postgraduate course
MT5462 Advanced Cipher Systems).
- 2018 Module leader and lecturur for the third year/MSc course Error-correcting codes (MT3610/5461).
I am happy to supervise MSc projects (ISG and Maths) in the areas of
- Applications of discrete maths in information security / cryptography, for instance, the application of difference families in areas of communications and information security, and the applications of coding theory.
- Security, resilience and privacy in distributed data storage systems.
- Anti-jamming techniques.
- Autonomous vehicles and vehicular ad hoc network security.
- Applications of cryptography.
- Any other areas of information security as long as they are interesting!
- Amizah Malip (Secure and private annoucement schemes for VANET), completed January 2015.
- Mwawi Nyirenda Kayuni (Combinatorial properties of frequency hopping sequences), completed November 2017.
- Chatdanai Dorkson.
|Other professional activities|
- Programme committee member, Security and Privacy track, 10th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science.
- Programme committee member, Security and Privacy track, 9th IEEE International
Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science.
- Programme committee member, the 12th
International Conference on Information Security Practice and Experience (ISPEC 2016).
- Technical program committee member, for STPA-2016: Workshop on Security, Trust, Privacy and Analytics.
- Programme committee member, Security, Privacy and Trust track of the
3rd International Conference on the
Future Internet of Things and Cloud (FiCloud 2015), Rome, Italy,
24-26 August 2015.
- Programme committee member, Security and Privacy track, 6th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom'14), December 15-18, 2014, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
- Programme committee member for
Fourteenth International Conference on CRYPTOGRAPHY AND CODING,
17th - 19th December 2013, St. Anne's College, Oxford, UK.
- Programme committee member for
Thirteenth International Conference on CRYPTOGRAPHY AND CODING,
12th - 15th December 2011, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, UK.
Please email me for copies of any of these which you cannot obtain
through the given links. All publications are also available from
the Royal Holloway website
- Disjoint difference families and their applications. S.-L. Ng, M. B. Paterson. Designs, Codes and Cryptography, 78(1), 103-127, January 2016. Preprint available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1509.05255.
- A combinatorial model of interference in frequency hopping schemes. M. M. Nyirenda, S.-L. Ng, K. M. Martin. Submitted. Preprint available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1508.02570.
- Private reputation retrieval in public - a privacy-aware announcement scheme for VANETs. L. Chen, Q. Li, K. M.Martin, S.-L. Ng. IET Information Security. In press, August 2016. Preprint available at arxiv.org/abs/1506.03588.
- Security in Swarm Robotics. T. Laing, K. Martin, S.-L. Ng and A. Tomlinson. Chapter in Handbook of Research on Design, Control, and Modeling of Swarm Robotics. IGI Global, 2015.
- Cover-free codes and frequency hopping multiple access. M. Nyirenda, S.-L. Ng and K. Martin. Presented at the Ninth International Workshop on Coding and Cryptography, April 13-17, 2015.
- A note on an upper bound of traceability codes. S. Owen and S.-L. Ng. Australasian Journal of Combinatorics 62(1):140-146, 2015.
- A combinatorial framework for frequency hopping multiple access.
K. Martin, S.-L. Ng and M. Nyirenda. In Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Workshop on Algebraic and Combinatorial Coding Theory, September 2014, pp. 271-276.
- Broadcast-enhanced Key Predistribution Schemes.
M. Kendall, K. Martin, S.-L. Ng, M. Paterson, and D. Stinson.
ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks. Volume 11 Issue 1, Article 6, 2014 . Preprint available
A certificateless anonymous authenticated announcement scheme
in vehicular ad hoc networks. Q. Li, A. Malip and S.-L. Ng.
Security and Communication Networks Vol. 7, no. 3, March 2014, pp. 588 - 601. doi: 10.1002/sec.760.
- A privacy-aware reputation-based announcement scheme for VANETs.
L. Chen, Q. Li, K. M. Martin and S.-L. Ng. In Proceedings of the
IEEE 5th International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications
(WiVeC), 2013, pp. 1 - 5. doi: 10.1109/wivec.2013.6698222. Extended version submitted to the
International Workshop on Cloud Technologies and Trust Domains
- A reputation-based announcement scheme for VANETs.
Q. Li, A. Malip, K. M. Martin, S.-L. Ng and J. Zhang
IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 61, no. 9,
November 2012, pp. 4095 - 4108.
- Threshold anonymous announcement in VANETs. L. Chen, S.-L. Ng
and G. Wang.
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communication Special
Issue on Vehicular Communications and Networks,
Vol. 29, no. 3, March 2011, pp. 605 - 615.
- Traceability codes. S.R. Blackburn, T. Etzion and S.-L. Ng.
Journal of Combinatorial Theory - Series A, Vol. 117 (2010),
- Comments on "Proving Reliability of Anonymous Information in
VANETs" by Kounga et al. L. Chen and S.-L. Ng.
IEEE Transaction on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 59(3),
1503--1505, March 2010.
- Prolific codes with the identifiable parent property.
S.R. Blackburn, T. Etzion and S.-L. Ng.
SIAM Journal of Discrete Mathematics, Vol. 22, 1393-1410,
2008.See http://eprint.iacr.org/2007/276 for the extended preprint.
- The combinatorics of generalised cumulative arrays.
K. Martin and S.-L. Ng.
Journal of Mathematical Cryptology, Vol 1, 13-32, 2007.
- Attack on Shao's key agreement protocol.
T. Alassiry, S.-L. Ng and P. Wild.
IEE Proceedings - Information Security, Vol 153, No 2,
54-57 June 2006.
- Ideal secret sharing schemes with multipartite access
structures. S.-L. Ng. IEE Proceedings - Communications,
Vol 153, No 2, 165-168 April 2006.
- A characterization of posets that are nearly antichains.
S.-L. Ng. Order, Vol 21, No 1, 1-5 February 2004 .
- Comments on mutual authentication and key exchange protocols for
low power wireless communications.
C. J. Mitchell and S.-L. Ng.
IEEE Communications Letters, Vol 8, No 4,
262-263 April 2004.
- Posets and protocols - picking the right three-party protocol.
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communication, Vol 21,
No 1, 55-61 January 2003.
representation of a family of secret sharing matroids.
Designs, Codes and Cryptography, Vol 30, 5-19, 2003.
properties of the Yoshiara family of planes.
European Journal of Combinatorics, Vol 23, 77-81, 2002.
- On the composition of matroids and ideal secret sharing schemes.
S.-L. Ng and M. Walker.
Designs, Codes and Cryptography, Vol 24, 49-67, 2001.
- Comments on ``Dynamic participation in a secure
conference scheme for mobile communications''.
IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol 50, No 1,
334-335 January 2001.
- On k-arcs covering a line in finite
S.-L. Ng and P. R. Wild.
Ars Combinatoria, Vol 58, 289-300, January 2001.
- A new family of extended generalized quadrangles of order
(q+1, q-1). S.-L. Ng and P. R. Wild.
European Journal of Combinatorics, Vol 21, 395-406, 2000.
- Comment: Horng's identification scheme based on Shamir's
'RSA for paranoids'. C. J. Mitchell and S.-L. Ng.
Electronics Letters, Vol 36, No 5, 422-422, March 2000.
A version is available here.
- Comments on "On the security of three-party
cryptographic protocols" by Xu, Zhang and Zhu. S.-L. Ng.
Operating Systems Review, Vol 33, No 3, 5-6, July 1999.
- Comment: Signature scheme based on discrete
logarithm without using one-way hash-function.
C. Y. Yeun, S.-L. Ng and C. J. Mitchell.
Electronics Letters, Vol 34, No 24, 2329-2330,
... and some unpublished manuscripts
A collection of
Chinese poetry, stories, words and
corresponding pictures, for young learners of the language.
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