The Group's main research activities are around different aspects around how to make computer systems securer while keeping other desired features (e.g. usability). All members of the Group are Core Members of the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS), and their research cover all the three research themes of SCCS: Privacy and Data Protection, Secure Communications, and Human-Centred Security. SCCS is also managed by members of the Group: Prof Steve Schneider as Director, Dr Mark Manulis and Dr Shujun Li as Deputy Directory, each of whom is leading one research theme of SCCS.
In addition to the key research activities around cyber security, members of the Group also work on other foundational and related technologies which support our cyber security research but can also enable research in a broader context. Such foundational enabling technologies include formal methods, human factors, multimedia signal processing, digital forensics and crime investigation, mobile computing, machine learning, data analytics, information retrieval, etc.
One of the major highlights of the Group's past successes in applying cyber security research into real world is the EPSRC-funded Trustworthy Voting Systems project, which led to real-world deployment of an e-voting system in Australia's Victorian State election in 2014. Below is a short film on this work coordinated by Prof Steve Schneider, the PI of the project. Click here see more details about this line of research.