The newly established Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS) is pleased to offer 3 studentships starting in September 2021.
Approved supervisors for these PhD Studentships are listed below, along with their suggested PhD topics. All the supervisors are also open to other topics that match their main research interests. Applicants who are interested in exploring other topics should study the relevant supervisors’ research interests and contact them to discuss possible topics.Dr Sanjay Bhattacherjee (School of Computing) – suggested PhD topics include:
Dr Virginia Franqueira (School of Computing) – suggested PhD topics include:
- Post-quantum cryptology is an area of research with many directions open for investigation. These include exploring the computational problems that are assumed to be hard to solve by quantum computers. These hard problems are in turn used to design secure primitives and protocols based on those primitives. We will simultaneously explore the theoretical as well as implementation aspects of some topic within this area of research.
- Blockchain technology has enabled decentralisation of legacy systems in a manner such that there is no single point of control or failure. However, there are issues around scalability, efficiency, resource requirements and security that impede their wide-spread applicability and adoption. It will be interesting to pick up the relevant issues and explore possibilities of finding theoretical solutions while providing implementations.
- Weighted majority voting games are studied as part of cooperative game theory. In such a system, several entities with different voting weights, vote on a motion. If more than a threshold fraction of voting weights is in favour of the motion, the resolution is passed. This discipline has been used to analyse the voting mechanisms of company boardrooms, the IMF and the EU. It will be interesting to explore the remits of the existing theory in new applications, while exploring the need of extending the theory triggered by the specific requirements of those applications.
Dr Gareth Mott (School of Politics and International Relations) - suggested PhD topics include:
- Digital forensic methods and tools for improving the investigation process of crimes and investigation of emerging technologies.
- Protection of children online; this involves, e.g. online child sexual abuse and exploitation, grooming, and age estimation & verification.
- Other topics: security of connected vehicles; security and privacy in smart cities; cyberstalking and technology-facilitated domestic abuse (understanding and detection).
- Mitigating cyber extremism and terrorism
- Enlightening cyber inequalities: between states, within states, beyond the state
- Navigating the challenge(s) of governing peer-to-peer software
These research projects will investigate the convergence of cyberspace and sociopolitical issues through an International Relations, Security Studies, or Politics lens. The mass proliferation of computing and internet-enabled technologies has ushered in an era in which traditional – often 19th-century – models of governance are being challenged by new forms of evolutionary and revolutionary power; written in binary code. These projects will seek to further our understanding of these transformative processes/challenges via the application of Social Science methodology. Suggestive topics are included here, but students are also welcome to suggest their own topics in proposals. Please note that these are not Computing-oriented projects. However, prospective students must write proposals oriented around the sociopolitics of computing technologies, particularly with a consideration of security.