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PhotoDr Raja Naeem Akram is currently a Post Doctoral research assistant at Information Security Group (ISG), Smart Card Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London. He is currently involved with research projects involving avionics and banking sector. Previously, he worked as the Research Fellow at the Cyber Security Lab, University of Waikato, New Zealand. At the Cyber Security Lab, he was involved with the user centric security and privacy paradigms. Before joining the University of Waikato, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University. During his work at the Edinburgh Napier University, he worked on the RatTrap project. The RatTrap project was involved in designing a suite of preventive technologies to avoid online fraud - especially in the online affiliate marketing. He obtained my PhD in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London. He completed his M.Sc Information Security at Royal Holloway, University of London in September 2007. He also has M.Sc Computer Science from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and B.Sc (Mathematics, Physics and Geography) from University of the Punjab, Lahore. His current research interests revolve around the user centric applied security and privacy architectures, especially in the field of smart cards, and data provenance in a heterogeneous computing environment. In addition, he is also interested in smart card security, secure cryptographic protocol design and implementation, smartphone security, trusted platform architecture and trusted/secure execution environment.

Room: Arts S5
Email: RajaNaeem.Akram.2008[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

PhotoMr James Alderman completed a Masters in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Bristol before moving to Royal Holloway to pursue a PhD under the supervision of Jason Crampton focussed on cryptographic access control mechanisms and publicly verifiable outsourced computation. He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher on the CLARUS project with Jason Crampton and Keith Martin, investigating methods for securely processing data in the cloud.

Room: McCrea 243
Email: james.alderman.2011[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Salaheddin Darwish is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Information Security Group and works with Dr Stephen D. Wolthusen on the TIHM project with an aim to develop risk and threat models for security and privacy of therapeutic, diagnostic, and medical IoT devices. He completed his BEng and PG-Dip degrees in computer engineering from Aleppo University, Syria. He studied his Master at Brunel University London and also he holds a PhD in the field of security of Mobile ad-hoc networks from the same university. He obtained an associate fellowship in Higher Education from HEA. He has experience working with different roles in programming such as system analyst, ORACLE developer, java programmer and (Java & C++) simulation modeller. His research interests are wireless networks and security systems.”

Room: McCrea Cabin Chale
Email: salaheddin.darwish[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Santanu Dash is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Information Security Group and works with Dr. Lorenzo Cavallaro from the Information Security Group and Dr. Johannes Kinder from Computer Science on the MobSec project. He finished his B.Eng. and M.Eng. studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. For his PhD, he studied at the University of Hertfordshire, UK where he investigated adaptive constraint solving techniques for Information Flow Analysis. His research interests include constructing formal methodologies and tools for designing secure and compute-efficient systems.

Room: McCrea 343
Email: santanu.dash[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Ben Dowling began work in the Information Security Group as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with Prof. Kenny Paterson in January 2017. His PhD was completed at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in December 2016, and focused primarily on the provable security of internet protocols. Of particular interest was the Transport Layer Security protocol, which protects the confidentiality and authenticity of much of the communication over the internet! Previous to this, he studied a MMSc at QUT, and a BSc at the University of Queensland. His current research interests remain in provable security, where he attempts to address the gap between theoretical security of protocols, and the "real" security of protocol implementations. In particular, expanding the frameworks used in the analysis of security protocols to cover novel properties and dependencies not currently examined in literature.

Room: McCrea 217
Email: benjamin.dowling[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoMr Claude Heath is an artist with an international track record. He has been working on a PhD in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, at Queen Mary, London on the topic of drawing techniques for qualitative spaces in collaborative interactions, extending now into the social spaces of online interactions. His first degree was in Philosophy,at King’s College, London. Selected Solo Exhibitions include Fruehsorge Contemporary, Berlin; Stichting Lokaal 01, Breda, Netherlands; Sleeper, Edinburgh; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; The Centre for Drawing at Wimbledon School of Art, London; The Henry Moore Institute/ Leeds City Art Gallery; Hales Gallery, London. Collections include: Bank of America; British Museum; Deutsche Bank; Dresdner Kleinwort; Government Art Collection, UK; Henry Moore Institute; Kupferstichkabinett, Museum of Prints and Drawings/ with the Ernst Schering Foundation, Berlin; Museum Kunst Palaast, Dusseldorf; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; The National Collection, Arts Council Collection at the Hayward; UBS AG Walker Art Gallery; National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside. He is currently working with Dr Lizzie Coles-Kemp on the TREsPASS project. For further details about Claude, please visit www.claudeheath.com.

Room: McCrea 250
Tel: 01784 276517
Email: claude.heath[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoMr Brice Minaud has worked at the Information Security Group as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant since July 2016. He received his PhD in cryptography from the University of Rennes in 2016, under the supervision of Pierre-Alain Fouque. He has also worked as a cryptography expert at the French National Agency for Information Systems Security (ANSSI) in 2013-2014. His research interests cover various aspects of cryptography and computer security. At ANSSI, his research was focused on symmetric cryptanalysis. During his PhD, he has also worked on the cryptanalysis of other primitives, including a multivariate encryption scheme, and a graded encoding scheme (a.k.a. multilinear map). He is also interested in provable security.

Room: McCrea 217
Email: brice.minaud[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Ilia Nouretdinov currently works as a researcher at Information Security Group, Royal Holloway University of London. He has completed PhD study at Royal Holloway, University of London, Department of Computer Science The thesis title: 'Algorithmic theory of randomness and its applications' (supervised by Professors A.Gammerman and V.Vovk) awarded in 2003, later working at the same department as a researcher on the following grants: EPSRC grant GR/R46670/01 "Complexity Approximation Principle and Predictive Complexity: Analysis and Applications" (2003-2005); MRC grant G0301107 "Proteomic analysis of the human serum proteome" (2005-2009); MRC Discipline Hopping Grant, application of transductive confor mal predictors to MRI-based diagnostic and prognostic markers in depression (2009-2010); EraSysBio+ grant from the European Union, BBSRC and BMBF (European Project Consortium) "Salmonella Host Interactions" (2010-2013), EPSRC grant EP/K033344/1 ("Mining the Network Behaviour of Bots") (2013-2016).

Room: McCrea Cabin Chale
Email: ilia[at]cs.rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Kumar Sharad is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Information Security Group and works with Dr Lorenzo Cavallaro and Dr Hugh Shanahan on the AntiBot project with aims at using machine learning to analyze network behaviour of bots. He was a PhD student at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. He has recently submitted his PhD dissertation which demonstrates de-anonymization of social networks using machine learning. He holds a MSc from RWTH Aachen University, Germany and a B.Tech from DA-IICT, India.

Room: McCrea 343
Email: kumar.sharad[at]rhul.ac.uk

PhotoDr Guillermo Suarez-Tangil is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Information Security Group and works with Dr. Lorenzo Cavallaro and Dr. Johannes Kinder from the Information Security Group on the MobSec project. Prior to joining RHUL, he was Teaching Assistant at Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain, where he obtained a PhD in the Computer Security (COSEC) and a M.Sc and a B.Sc in Computer Sciences at the same university. There he graduated with honors and received the Best Student Academic Award. His main research interests are in computer/network security and his current research focuses on security in smart devices, intrusion detection, event correlation, and cyber security. He has participated in various research projects related to network security and trusted computing.

Room: McCrea 343
Email: guillermo.suarez-tangil[at]rhul.ac.uk