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CDT Students

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Each year we will be awarding ten fully-funded studentships to qualified candidates to join the CDT in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway.

The multidisciplinarity nature of cyber security is reflected in the broad background of the CDT cohorts: while our typical students may have recently obtained their undergraduate or masters qualifications in a wide range of disciplines (e.g. mathematics, computer science, economics, geography), we also welcome students joining the CDT from industry or the public sector.

Please see below for information on our current students - listed by the year they joined the CDT.

 

2016

 Peter Beaumont                     


 Ashley Fraser                     


 Rory Hopcraft


Robert Markiewicz                        


 Feargus Pendlebury


Eamonn Postlethwaite


 Pallavi Sivakumaran


Fernando Virdia

2015 

Benjamin Curtis
Ben joined Royal Holloway after completing his Integrated Masters Degree in Mathematics (MMath) from the University of Manchester in June 2015, where he graduated with first class honours. During his time in Manchester Ben focused on pure mathematics, specifically algebra and number theory, which sparked his interest in Cryptography. At the Centre of Doctoral Training Ben hopes to continue with a strong mathematical focus, applied to real world Cryptography.                         


 Rikki Amit Deo
Amit graduated from the University of Cambridge with distinction in a Master's Degree in Mathematics (MMath).
His initial interest is in security in the world of quantum computing,and he has has recently developed a passing interest in machine learning and its applications to cyber security                       


 Lydia Garms
Lydia completed her Bachelors degree in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge in 2014, and then completed her Masters degree in Applicable Mathematics at the London School of Economics in 2015. Her interests are in the field of cryptography. She is currently looking at the use of group signature schemes to secure privacy in reputation schemes.


Torben Hansen  Torben
Torben received a BSc and MSc in Mathematics from Aarhus University, Denmark.His main interests are applied cryptography e.g. secure commuminaction protocols, but he has previously worked on other topics such as (non-perfect) secret sharing and number theoretic perspectives of cryptography. Torben is currently working on improving the cryptographic processing in SSH and implementing schemes that meets stronger security notions.  


 Blake Loring
Blake joined the CDT in September 2015. His research interests include language design, program analysis and vulnerability detection. He is currently working on a new approach to improve the security of JavaScript programs.


 Jake Massimo
Jake’s academic interests lie in cryptography and number theory and he will continue to pursue these under supervision from Professor Kenny Paterson during his studies at Royal Holloway.


 Taryn-Leigh Padmore
Taryn joined the CDT in September 2015


 James Patrick-Evans
James joined the CDT in September 2015


 Nathan Ricketts
Nathan joined the CDT in September 2015


 Nicholas Robinson
After completing his Bachelors degree in Human Geography and International Nick Robinson

Politics (BA) at Aberystwyth University in 2014, Nick joined Royal Holloway where he received a distinction in Geopolitics and Security (MSc), before joining the CDT in September 2015.  

Nick’s research is primarily grounded in Estonia, focussing on government initiatives such as Estonian e-Residency, Virtual Data Embassy and experimentations with blockchain technology - with the aim of developing a greater understanding of their impacts upon our traditional understandings of nation-state, border and embassy. 

2014 

Simon Bell
Joinbell-s_smed the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security,  at Royal Holloway, University of London in September 2014.    

 

 


Elizabeth Berners-Lee
Completed her BSc Mathematics degree at Royal Holloway in June 2013 with a First Class Honours, after which she studied MSc Information Security. She joined the second CDT cohort at Royal Holloway. Her past projects have included pseudo-random number generation, and flexibility within cryptographic primitives, focusing on the SHA-3 cryptographic hash standard.  


 Giovanni Cherubin CherubinG
Giovanni received a BSc in Mechatronics and Computer Engineering from University of Pavia in 2013, and an MSc in Machine Learning from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2014. He joined the CDT at RHUL in 2014.
His research focuses in applying results of the Machine Learning theory (e.g., classical Statistical Learning theory, confident prediction models) to security problems. For instance, he is developing a practical framework to provide security guarantees to network protocols with respect to a class of traffic analysis attacks (Website Fingerprinting attacks).
He also worked on improving Machine Learning-based attacks and/or proposing new defences (e.g., Website Fingerprinting, Membership Inference).


 Alex Davidson 
Graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc Mathematics degree, receiving first class honours. 

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He is supervised by Prof Carlos Cid and conducts reserach into the development of cryptographic constructions -  examples being constructions of efficient secure computation protocols and theoretical primitives such as cryptographic obfuscation. 

 


 Gregory Fenn 
His research interests are in fenn-g_smgame-theoretic cyber security and financial security. In particular he is interested in the role of cyber-insurance as a means to manage business risks associated with computer and interest activities. His current research is looking at means to efficiently and accurately price cyber-insurance policies. His BA was in Mathematics and Philosophy at King’s College London, with a focus on abstract algebra, formal logic and epistemology.


 Andreas Haggman  haggman-a_sm
Completed his undergraduate and masters degrees in the War Studies department at King's College London before joining the CDT in the autumn of 2014. His research interests lie in non-technical cyber security topics pertaining to military and government applications of cyber technologies, and organisational and policy responses to cyber security issues.


 Suleman Ibrahim ibrahim-s_sm
He previously was awarded an MSc in Criminal Justice Policy at LSE and a BSc (Hons) in Sociology & Psychology from the University of Greenwich. His research interests are rooted in the sociology of cyber security.

 


 Carlton Shepherd 
Graduated from Newcastle University with a first-class honours degree in B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science in June 2013. He joined the second cohort of Centre for Doctoral Training students in September 2014, where he is being provisionally supervised by Dr. Kostas Markantonakis.


Joanne Woodage Joanne Woodage

Joanne graduated from the University of Manchester with an
MMaths Mathematics 

degree in  2013, and joined the second CDT cohort in September 2014.
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is interested in all aspects of theoretical and applied cryptography, in particular randomness in cryptography and post-Snowden cryptography.  

 

2013 

Naomi Farley
Naomi is currently working under the supervision of Prof. Jason Crampton farley-n_sm
(Information Security) and Dr. Gregory Gutin (Computer Science). Her primary research interests are Key Assignment Schemes and Access Control mechanisms.

 


Steven Hersee
Following completion of his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham in 2003 he joined as an Officer in the Royal Air Force and served for 7 1/2 years. Following his departure from the service he worked for the Metropolitan Police in a security based role for the London Olympics. He was then employed by Direct Line Group to establish an Intelligence section during its divestment from Royal Bank of Scotland. He is interested in all areas of Cyber Security but in particular he is interested in the geopolitics of Cyber Security and the diferent and often contrasting approaches taken by nation states, businesses and hacktivist groups.


 Jonathan Hoyland
Was awarded a masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Oxford. His research interests are model checking, verification of security protocols and formal methods.


 Thalia Laing lang-t_sm
Thalia received a BSc in Mathematics at Imperial College London, followed by an MSc in Mathematics of Communications and Cryptography from Royal Holloway. Completed Maters dissertation on Combinatorial Designs and their application to Key Predistribution in Wireless Sensor Networks. Current research focuses on secret sharing schemes and their application.

  


Robert Lee
 He studied for a Masters of Engineering in Computer Systems and
Software Enlee-r_smgineering at the University of York, graduating with Upper Second Class honours in 2013. He is currently supervised by Prof. Kostas Markantonakis. His research interests include Cryptography and Embedded System Security.

 


 Dusan Repel
Graduated from Plymouth University with 1stclass honours in Comrepel-dputer Science. His research interests lie mainly in the area of software security, including reverse engineering, malware and vulnerability detection and exploitation.

 

 


 Sam Scott scott-s
His background is in Mathematics and Cryptography: he obtained a BSc in Mathematics from Warwick, and an MSc in the Mathematics of Cryptography and Communications from Royal Holloway.His interests primarily lie in the ways in which Maths can be applied to information security in new and novel ways. In particular, he has recently been looking at the use of lattices in cryptographic constructions.


 Philippa Thornton  thornton-p_sm
 Pip came to the CDT from a professional background in the police and the military. She has BA degrees in History and Politics (Liverpool) and English Literature (Open University), and a Masters in English from King's College London. Her research interests are in the agency of search algorithms and their effect on language and the wider discourse. Her thesis - entitled Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction - will be jointly supervised by Keith Martin from the ISG and Pete Adey from the Geography department. Pip maintains a blog to accompany her research. Linguistic Geographies can be found here.


Thyla Van Der Merwe 
Received a BCom in Mathematics, Statistics and Economics, a BSc (Hons) inVDMerwe-t_sm Mathematics and an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has recently completed an MSc in Information Security at Royal Holloway, University of London as a FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholar. Prior to starting at Royal Holloway, Thyla spent four years at Tellumat (PTY) Ltd as a security specialist and software developer. Thyla currently represents South Africa on the ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 27 standards committee where her activities involve the standardization of cryptographic mechanisms and protocols. Thyla's research interests include various topics in theoretical and applied cryptography.


 Conrad Williams williams-c
Studied Pure Mathematics (Bsc) at Royal Holloway University of London, and graduated with a 1st Class Honours in 2013. He received the Thewlis/Wilks prize and an IMA prize in his final year for exceptional grades and effort. He is part of the CDT Cohort and his research interests include Key Management and Cryptographically Enforced Access Control, and the applications of such theory to cloud computing. He is currently supervised by Prof Jason Crampton. Before starting his PhD he worked at a software company as a Technical Business Analyst.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 
 
 

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