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Northumbria Cyber Security Research Group

The Northumbria Cyber Security Research Group (NCSRG) is a cross-faculty, multi-disciplinary group which combines technical research on biometric encryption, wireless sensor networks, web security protocols, and image recognition, with human-centred work on usable security, privacy, trust and behaviour change.

Pc _screenAs a core pillar of the University’s recently established Digital Living theme, the NCSRG recognises both the virtual and physical risks associated with the connected smart city. Our aim is to understand and address the security vulnerabilities which exist at the intersection of people, technology and place.

Nationally, we have secured good partnerships with, inter alia, British Telecom; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Price Waterhouse Cooper; Microsoft Research, Cambridge and the Home Office.  Internationally we are working with CESG; Future Cities Lab 2 (Singapore), Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (USA); Mobile Life Centre (Sweden); Smart Living Lab (Switzerland). Our staff have secured significant funding from RCUK and others in recent years.

NCSRG Core Staff

Pam Briggs – Professor in Applied Psychology

Lynne Coventry – Professor of Psychology, Director of PaCTLab

Ahmed Bouridane – Professor of Image Engineering and Security

John Vines – Professor of Human-Computer Interaction

Nauman Aslam – Associate Professor/Reader

Jeremy Ellman – Senior Lecturer

Fouad Khelifi – Senior Lecturer

Muhammad Tahir – Senior Lecturer

Richard Jiang – Lecturer

Paul Vickers - Reader

Jungong Han - Senior Lecturer


Recent grants and awards

Privacy-Aware Biometric Verification in Encrypted/Transformed Domains – EPSRC, 2017-2019, PI: Jiang

A Biologically-Inspired Multi-sensor and Multi-modal System for Public Services – Qatar University, 2016-2019, PI: Bouridane

Ox-Chain: Towards secure and trustworthy circular economies through distributed ledger technologies – EPSRC, 2016-2019, Co-I: Vines

TAPESTRY: Trust, Authentication and Privacy over a DeCentralised Social Registry – EPSRC, 2016-2019, Co-I: Jo Briggs

Urban Living Partnership – Newcastle and Gateshead City Region – EPSRC, 2016-2018, Co-I: Dalton, Lawson

Digital Economy Research Centre – EPSRC, 2015-2020, Co-I: Briggs/Lawson

CRITiCaL: Combatting cRiminals In The Cloud – EPSRC, 2015-2020, Co-I: Briggs

CuRAtOR: Challenging online feaR And OtheRing – ESRC, 2015-2017, PI: Lawson

Seminar series on genetics, technology, security and justice. Crossing, contesting and comparing boundaries – ESRC, 2015-2017, PI: Wienroth

Temporal Forensic Analysis of Digital Camera Sensor Imperfections for Picture Dating – EPSRC, 2014-2016, PI: Khelifi

CHAISE: Choice Architecture for Information Security – EPSRC/GCHQ, 2012-2016, Co-I: Coventry/Briggs

A Taxonomy of UK Crowdfunding and Examination of the Potential of Trust and Empathy in Project Success – ESRC, 2014-2015, PI: Jo Briggs

IMPRINTS Identity Management: Public Responses to IdeNtity Technologies and Services – EPSRC, 2011-2014, Co-I: Briggs

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