UCL Computer Science


Who We Are

UCL is a world leader in teaching and researching cybersecurity.

It is in a unique position to deliver on the vision of this innovative and interdisciplinary CDT in cybersecurity, because of its ambitious portfolio of projects and over 40 members of faculty with internationally excellent expertise across all aspects of cybersecurity.

The team is led by the Computer Science department, which was the top UK department by research output in the UK REF 2014. UCL is recognized by GCHQ as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and Teaching.

The departments involved hold active research grants worth £17.9M in cybersecurity, funded by the EPSRC, Royal Society, EU H2020, ERC amongst others, including £300K of active direct financial gifts from industrial partners.

UCL leads the PETRAS project on IoT security (£9.5M) as well as its successor, SDTaP (£13M), the IRIS project on secure interfaces (£6.1M); the Glasshouses project on distributed ledgers (£0.9M); Cyber Readiness for Boards (£1M), ECSEPA (£250K) and BARAC on Algorithmic transparency (£0.6M). The department of Security and Crime Science hosts the £7.4M Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL which focuses on understanding and addressing the changing nature of crime.

UCL‘s Departments of Security and Crime Science and Computer Science also contribute a secure data lab — the only such facility in a UK university — which is police-assured to hold sensitive data classified up to the level of secret.

CDT Leadership Team

  • Prof Madeline Carr (Co-Director): Professor Carr is the Director of the Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) and the Director of the UCL Digital Technologies Policy Lab. Her work focuses on the international political dimensions of cybersecurity, particularly cyber norms, the policy complexities of the IoT, and decision making on cyber risk.
  • Prof Shane Johnson (Co-Director): Professor Johnson is the Director of the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL. His research focuses on what works to reduce crime, how emerging technology creates new opportunities for crime and how we might prevent it. 
  • Prof David Pym (Director): Professor Pym is Head of the Programming Principles, Logic, and Verification research group and a Fellow of the Institute of Philosophy, in the University of London's School of Advanced Study. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford University Press Journal of Cybersecurity.

Current students

  • Antonis Papasavva
  • Antoine Vendeville
  • Sergi Bray
  • Henry Skeoch
  • Kyriacos Demetriou
  • Arianna Trozze
  • Hawra Hosseini- Milani
  • Niamh Healy
  • Louis Woods