10/08/2010: Professorship in Secure Information Technology

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science wishes to appoint a professor to strongly enhance its international reputation for research in Secure Information Technology.

Based within CSIT, the person appointed is expected to lead the research and teaching activities in this area, as well as contribute to the commercialisation of the research.

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02/03/2010: Simulation Project Demonstrates Covert Applications

March 2010 - By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Studies reveal potential to pass large amounts of data between troops a short distance apart.

Researchers in the United Kingdom have completed a preliminary investigation into the use of millimeter-wave, body-worn antenna arrays to create mobile ad hoc networking for dismounted combat soldiers. The effort proved the feasibility and benefits of such a network as well as provided a platform for future study of the concept. Personnel involved in the experiments focused their work on the 60-GHz band, which offers the high amount of bandwidth necessary for troops to exchange large quantities of information on the battlefield. The short range of the communications enhances covertness by reducing the chance for enemies to exploit transmissions, and it also reduces interference.

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) sponsored the study on the antenna arrays through its former “Competition of Ideas,” which has since been superseded by another process. In addition to providing funding, the MOD also guided the technical direction of the project by informing researchers where they should focus the potential of the research and simulation. The work provided information for the ministry to provision future wireless networking technologies.

Dr. Simon Cotton and Professor William Scanlon, both from the Centre for Secure Information Technologies, Queen’s University Belfast, and Professor Bob Madahar, chief technologist, Information Management Department, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, collaborated on the work. The main aspect of their research studied the wireless communication channels between soldiers during hypothetical, simulated battlefield operations.

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01/03/2010: Recent Visiting Professors

ECIT was recently pleased to welcome two visiting Professors from partner institutions, Professor Angela Sasse, from University College London (UCL), and Professor Tzi-Dar Chiueh of the National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei.

Angela Sasse is the Professor of Human-Centred Technology in the Department of Computer Science at UCL, which is a collaborative partner of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT). A usability researcher by training, since 1996 her research has focussed on developing a human-centred perspective of security, privacy, trust and identity. She is currently the principle investigator of two TSB-funded projects on security economics and the value of personal data. She has developed a course on Human Factors in Security, which she teaches at UCL, Oxford University, and the UK Defence Academy.

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