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UCL SECReT Industry Evening 2010

Report and student presentations


The second industry evening of the Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre took place at UCL in December 2010 (in spite of a last minute room change due to a student sit-in in the original venue in protest of the government’s new fee proposals!).

Our second cohort of 24 doctoral students presented to an audience of 70 from a broad spectrum of industry, public- sector and academic organisations , including representatives from SELEX, the Home Office, LGC Forensics, Cranfield University, National Police Improvement Agency, Palantir Technologies, Met Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency. 

Students, working in teams, presented four crime and security scenarios and by way of these scenarios introduced themselves and their individual research interests – see below. After the presentations students networked with the attendees and practised the valuable (and often intimidating!) skill of ‘selling’ their research interest to individuals from the ‘real world’.

Most of the students were able to do this successfully and received generous offers of project support from various agencies and organisations ranging from Cranfield University and the NPIA through to Palantir and BAE Systems who even invited student Changwang Zhang to present at their own labs!

This year the audience was invited to vote on the scenario they considered the most well developed – they voted for Scenario 2. The winning team members each received £50 Amazon vouchers.


Scenario 1: 'Tsunami in Africa' by Lucy, Amin, Changwang, Stavros, Hugo and Janina
Scenario 2: 'The hijacking of SECReT Airways' by Chiaki, Sam, Selina, Liz, Amy and Dagmar
Scenario 3: 'Securing an election' by Katarzyna, John, Iakovos, Nuno and Nadia
Scenario 4: 'Virus attack' by Mohammed, Sami, Matthew, Saumil, Rammah and Emma

To see current research projects of SECReT students please click here.