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Dr Hervé Borrion

Lecturer, UCL Department of Security and Crime Science


Hervé Borrion pursued his postgraduate education at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (Masters) and at University College London (PhD) where he specialised in radar signal processing for target recognition. He developed a strong interest in the application of sensor-based technologies in various research centres including the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (Paris), Los Alamos National Laboratory (US), UCT-CSIR (Cape Town) and Tsinghua University (Beijing) .

He was the founding director of the MSc in Countering Terrorism and Organised Crime, and MRes in Security Science at UCL. Since 2009, he has been serving as the Deputy Director of the EPSRC-funded £17m Security Science Doctoral Training Centre. 

He sits on the advisory board of the EU Security-project HARMONISE, and is an academic member of the EU Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP).


Security is often addressed by making our ecosystem less vulnerable to criminal acts, generally through the introduction of security policies and law enforcement technologies. In practice, security failures are often due to our inability to integrate uncertainty and ethical concerns into our requirements. My research interest lies in improving security-related design; and in particular, how these elements should be taken into account in the design and implementation of security measures.


Other grants

  • UCL CALT grant: Experimental assessment of agent-based modelling for enquiry-based learning in security and crime science (£750)
  • UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities: Blackouts prevention and solutions through multi-disciplinary techniques (B-PAS) (£5k, with Dr Catalina Spataru)
  • UCL International teaching excellent bursary, International Security Science Seminar Series: a collaboration with Tinghua University, Beijing (£2.5k)
  • UCL e-learning development grant: Unlocking the door to e-assessment (£1k)
  • EU Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window: mobility scholarship to Tinghua University, Beijing (EUR 5k)
  • DHS grant: organisation of a Security and Crime Science workshop (£5k)
  • UCL/EPSRC Bridging the gap : organisation of the first environmental crime conference (£5k)
  • UCL/EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Account (£250k)

Academic Responsibilities

  • MRes Security Science, Course Director
  • Security Science Doctoral Training Centre, Deputy Director
  • Risk and Contingency Planning (PUBLGC49), module convenor
  • Designing Research in Security Science (PUBLGC54), module convenor
  • Ethics, Research and Security PUBLGC53), module convenor
  • Intelligence Gathering and Analysis  (PUBLGC51), guest lecturer
  • Resilience  (PUBLGC##), guest lecturer
  • Defence Systems  (PUBLGC##), guest lecturer

Conference committees

  • IEEE International Conference on Aerospace Electronics and Remote Sensing Technology 2014 (ICARES)
  • IEEE Joint Conference in Intelligence Security Informatics 2013-2015 (EISIC)


  • Provost's Teaching Award (2012)

Introducing Security and Crime Science to undergraduate students in electronic engineering (Cumberland Lodge, 2011)


Environmental Crime

  • Joanna Hill
  • Dorothea Delpech
  • Catherine Kerr

Previous students

  • Iacovos Kirlappos
  • Sami Richardson

Intelligence Analysis

  • Mohamed Gaballa

Transport Security

  • Matthew Ashby
  • Kartikeya Tripathi


  • Improving the Effectiveness of Security Procedures for Unattended Luggage in Metro Rail Systems

Transport Security Expo, 3.12.2015, London

  • Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security

"Final Conference of the Archimedes EU project", 16.12.2014, Paris

  • Serious Intelligence Game for Multisource Analysis

"Annual Meeting of the OSCE Border Security and Management National Focal Points Network", Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, 31.11.2012, Vienna

European Machine Vision Association, 12.04.2008, Berlin

  • Moving towards Integrated Security

ITS - Security interest group, 27.07.2007, London

Transec World-Expo XXI, 27.06.2007, Amsterdam

  • UCL Centre for Security and Crime Science

Department for Trade and Industry, London




  • Ritchie, M., Fioranelli F. & Borrion H. (TBA) 'Micro UAV Crime Prevention: Can we help Princess Leia?' In: Preventing Crime Problems around the Globe through Research Innovations in the 21st Century, B. Leclerc and E. Savona (Eds.), Springer. (Accepted)
  • Solymosi, R., Fujiyama, T. & Borrion, H. (2015) ‘Crowd spatial patterns at bus stops: security implications and effects of warning messages’ In: Safety and Security in Transit Environments: An interdisciplinary Approach, V. Ceccato and A. Newton (Eds.), London: Palgrave. (In press)
  • Hill J.F., Johnson S.J., Borrion H. Potential uses of computer agent-based simulation modeling in the evaluation of wildlife poaching, Situational Prevention of Poaching. (2013). London: Routledge.  


Security and crime science

  • Borrion, H., Gaballa, M., Wapshott, C., Johnson, S. D., & Harvey, N. (2013). An Empirical Study of the Impact of Reliability Values on Threat Assessment. In E Bossé et al. (Eds). Prediction and Recognition of Piracy Efforts Using Collaborative Human-Centric Information System, Proceedings of the NATO Institute on (pp). 28 September 2011, Salamanca, Spain. Amsterdam: IOS Press.

Radar and electronics

  • One-Dimensional Model-based Approach for ISAR Imaging (2), Borrion, H.; Griffiths, H.; Tait, P.; Money, D.; Baker, C.; Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2006. IGARSS 2006. IEEE International Conference on July 31 2006-Aug. 4 2006 Page(s):3196 - 3199 Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/IGARSS.2006.821
  • One-dimensional model-based approach for ISAR imaging, Borrion, H.; Griffiths, H.D.; Tait, P.; Money, D.; Baker, C.J.; Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2005. IGARSS '05. Proceedings. 2005 IEEE International Volume 1, 25-29 July 2005 Page(s):4 pp. Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/IGARSS.2005.1526170 

Contact details

Position: Deputy Director of SECReT

Department: Security and Crime Science

Address: 35 Tavistock Square

Postcode: WC1H 9EZ

City: London

Country: UK

Room number: N/A

Link to map or directions: http://www.jdi.ucl.ac.uk/contact_us

Phone: +44 (0) 020 3108 3194

UCL extension: 53194

Mobile phone: N/A

Email address: h.borrion@ucl.ac.uk