The Interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security consists of colleagues from across the University.

Core members

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Professor Delaram Kahrobaei has been the Chair of Cyber Security at University of York since November 2018 and is the director of York Interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security Research. Before coming to York, she was a Full Professor at the City University of New York. She is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the Center for Cyber Security at the New York University as well as the President/co-founder of university start-up, Infoshield, Inc.

Her main research areas are Post-Quantum Algebraic Cryptography, Information Security, Data Science, and Applied Algebra. She has 70 publications in prestigious journals and conference proceedings, including four edited books and patents, since obtaining her PhD in 2004.

Her educational effort had been partially supported by grants from NASA and NSF. She is the founder of New York Women in Mathematics and Computing Network and received an NSF grant to support such activities.

Delaram is one of the Associate Editors of the Advances of Mathematics of Communication, published by the American Institute of Mathematical Sciences. She is the chief editor of the International Journal of Computer Mathematics: Computer Systems Theory, published by Taylor & Francis.

Professor Braunstein joined the Department of Computer Science at University of York in 2003. Previously he was awarded a BSc (Honors) and MSc in Physics from the University of Melbourne and received his PhD in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1988.

Professor Braunstein is a recipient of the prestigious Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award - a five-year £20m scheme created to attract and retain the best scientific talent in the UK. He was awarded the honorary title of 2001 Lord Kelvin Lecturer and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Physics and the Optical Society of America.

He has over 150 papers published, which have been cited over fourteen thousand times. He has edited three books, serves on the editorial board of the journal Fortschritte der Physik and is a Founding Managing Editor of Quantum Information and Computation - the first journal dedicated specifically to this field.

His work on quantum teleportation, quantum computation, quantum lithography and quantum information has received extensive coverage in prestigious scientific venues such as ScienceNaturePhysics TodayNew Scientist and Optics & Photonics News, as well as on radio, television and daily newspapers (The Independent, The Times, The New York Times and more).

Professor Stefano Pirandola joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of York in 2010 and became Full Professor in 2016. Previously, he received a Laurea degree (MSc) in Physics from University of Rome 'La Sapienza', and a PhD in Physics from the International School of Advanced Studies, University of Camerino. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

He is a theoretical physicist with main expertise in quantum mechanics, quantum optics and information theory. Most of his research activity has been devoted to quantum information theory, in particular with continuous-variable systems.

Tim Spiller has been Professor of Quantum Information Technologies at the Department of Physics in the University of York since 2014. He is also the Director of the York Centre for Quantum Technologies. Previously Tim was the Director of Quantum Information Processing Research at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and Professor of Quantum Information and Director of Research and Innovation at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds.

His research interests include: condensed matter and optical realisations of quantum information processing (QIP) systems; quantum information theory, discrete and continuous QIP; decoherence and the classical limit; few-qubit applications and communication; and macroscopic quantum phenomena.

Dr Roger Colbeck joined the Department of Mathematics in 2013. Before this, he received his PhD from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Adrian Kent, and has held post-doctoral positions at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Canada).

Roger's research spans quantum information theory and the foundations of quantum mechanics. He has worked on device-independent quantum cryptography and quantum random number generation; the use of quantum and relativistic protocols for secure computations; new uncertainty relations and constructing circuits for quantum computation; and the question of whether the world is random and whether there could be theories that improve on the predictions of quantum mechanics and ways to understand causation in quantum theory.

Pooya Farshim is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of York. Previously he completed his PhD at the Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol, and has held research positions at the Crypto Team of École Normale Supérieure (France), the Cryptoplexity team at TU Darmstadt (Germany), and the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London (UK).

Pooya is interested in the design and analysis of efficient and secure cryptographic primitives and protocols. His work spans both traditional cryptosystems (such as block ciphers, hash functions, and authenticated encryption) as well as protocols with advanced functionalities (such as obfuscation, multi-linear maps and homomorphic encryption). His research in recent years has been particularly driven by the foundational underpinnings of highly efficient cryptosystems.

Siamak F. Shahandashti is lecturer and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of York. He has a PhD in Computer Science and an MSc in Telecom Engineering.

Siamak's research interests include privacy-preserving protocols, privacy-enhancing technologies, applied cryptography, electronic voting and biometric authentication.

Vassilios Vassilakis is lecturer and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of York. He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 2011. Since then he has worked at the University of Essex's Network Convergence Laboratory researching information-centric networking and network security, and conducted research into 5G wireless networks and future Internet technologies at the Institute for Communications Systems, University of Surrey, the University of Cambridge's Computer Laboratory and the Secure and Dependable Software Systems Research Cluster at the University of Brighton.

Vassilios' main research interests are in the areas of network security, 5G wireless and mobile networks, future Internet technologies, software-defined networks, and Internet of Things (IoT). He has served as a Guest Editor in IEICE Transactions on Communications, Elsevier Optical Switching & Networking, and IET Networks, and for the TPC of IEEE ICC and IEEE GLOBECOM.

Other members

  • Norliza Abdullah: Mobile network security, Supervisor: D Kudenko
  • Abdullah Albalawi: Cloud security, Supervisors: V Vasilakis, R Calinescu
  • Peter Brown: Device-independent randomness expansion, Supervisor: R Colbeck
  • Giorgos Eftaxias: Foundations of quantum mechanics, Supervisor: R Colbeck
  • Alasdair Fletcher: Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Quantum Communication, Supervisor: S Pirandola
  • Niddal Imam: Spam detection in online social networks using machine learning, Supervisor: V Vasilakis
  • Philokypros Ioulianou: Intrusion detection in the Internet of things (IoT), Supervisors: V Vasilakis, D Kahrobaei
  • Nikita Johnson: Integration of safety and security assurance for complex systems, Supervisor: T Kelly
  • Athena Karsa: Quantum radar, Supervisor: S Pirandola
  • Lee Livsey: Human verifiable cryptography, Supervisors: SF Shahandashti, H Petrie
  • Burak Merdenyan: Perceptions of risk in relation to authentication systems, Supervisor: H Petrie
  • Kamraan Nasim: Effect of Adversarial Settings on Classifier Neural Networks: Supervisor: S O'Keefe
  • Jason Pereira: Quantum communications and quantum machine learning, Supervisor: S Pirandola
  • Oliver Reardon-Smith: Uncertainty relations, Supervisor: R Colbeck
  • Sijia Tian: Application-layer security in the Internet of things (IoT), Supervisors: V Vasilakis, D Kahrobaei
  • Vilasini Venkatesh: Causal structures and relativistic cryptography, Supervisor: R Colbeck
  • Kieran Wilkinson: Quantum networks and their capacities, Supervisor: S Pirandola
  • Carla Simons: Algebraic Post-Quantum Cryptography, Supervisors: D Kahrobaei, SF Shahandashti


  • Panagiotis Papanastasiou: Graduated 2019, Topic: Continuous variable quantum cryptography, Supervisor: S Pirandola
  • Hasanen Alyasiri: Graduated 2019, Topic: Developing efficient and effective intrusion detection system using evolutionary computation, Supervisor: D Kudenko
  • Colin Paterson, Graduated 2019, Topic: Observation-enhanced verification of operational processes, Supervisor: R Calinescu
  • Saja Althubaiti: Graduated 2018, Topic: Improving the design and usability of password creation systems, Supervisor: H Petrie
  • Thomas Cope: Graduated 2018, Topic: Bell inequalities and quantum capacities. Currently post-doc at Maths, York, Supervisors: R Colbeck, S Pirandola
  • Masoud Ghalaii: Graduated 2018, Topic: Quantum cryptography, repeaters and noiseless amplifiers, U. of Leeds, Co-supervisor: S Pirandola
  • Riccardo Laurenza: Graduated 2018, Topic: Quantum channel simulation and private capacities, Post-doc in Italy, Supervisor: S Pirandola
  • Scott Vinay: Graduated 2018, Topic: Quantum repeaters and quantum hacking, U. of Sheffield, Co-supervisor: S Pirandola
  • George Mason, Graduated 2018, Topic: Safe reinforcement learning using formally verified abstract policies, Supervisor: R Calinescu
  • Mirjam Weilenmann: Graduated 2018, Topic: Quantum Causal Structure and Quantum Thermodynamics, Supervisor: R Colbeck
  • Martyn Ellison: Graduated 2017, Topic: Evaluating cloud migration options for relational databases, Supervisor: R Calinescu
  • Rasha Ibrahim: Graduated 2016, Topic: The Effect of Personality on Phishing Vulnerability, Supervisors: JA Clark, P Cairns
  • Simos Gerasimou: Graduated 2016, Topic: Runtime quantitative verification of self-adaptive systems, Supervisor: R Calinescu
  • Yasmeen Rafiq: Graduated 2015, Topic: Online Markov chain learning for quality of service engineering in adaptive computer systems, Supervisor: R Calinescu
  • Shu Cheng: Graduated 2015, Topic: Formal Modelling and Verifying the Real-time Operating System, Supervisor: J Woodcock
  • Carlo Ottaviani: Graduated 2015, Topic: Continuous variable quantum cryptography. Currently post-doc at CS, York, Supervisor: S Pirandola
  • Kleanthis Malialis: Graduated 2014, Topic: Distributed reinforcement learning for network intrusion response, Supervisor: D Kudenko

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