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Photo Nurliyana Abd Malek received her BSc Information Technology (Hons) in Computer Science from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2005. She was sponsored by the Malaysian Government to do a PhD in Information Security and is working on cloud computing security under the supervis

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Email: Nurliyana.AbdMalek.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Sarah Abu Ghazalah holds a BSc in Information System and a MSc in Computing Science. She has worked as teacher assistance at King Khaled University, and is currently working on a PhD in the Smart Card Centre, under the supervision of Dr. Konstantinos Markantonakis.

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Tel: 01784 414423
Email: Sarah.AbuGhazalah.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Nasser Al Fannah

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Photo Fatma Al Moqbali

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Photo Suaad Alarifi BSc (KAU) MSc (London) has three years experience in information security, computer networking & teaching. She is working on cloud computing security supervised by Dr Stephen Wolthusen, and is also interested in computer ergonomics and working with disabled children.

Email: arifiss[at]yahoo.com

Photo Thamer Alghamdi

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Email: Thamer.Alghamdi.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Bader Alwasel holds a BSc Computer Science from King Saud University and MSc in Computer Security from University of Birmingham. His research interests lie in the field of Critical Infrastructure Protection. He is studying under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Wolthusen

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Email: Bader.Alwasel.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Voke Augoye

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Email: Voke.Augoye.2011[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Alessio Baiocco received a B.Eng. in informatics and telecommunication from the Universita degli Studi di Perugia(Italy) in 2008, and a M.Eng. in ICT engineering from the Universita degli studi Roma Tre (Italy) in 2012.

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Email: Alessio.Baiocco.2011[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Simon Bell joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, part of the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London in September 2014.

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Email: Simon.Bell.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Elizabeth Berners-Lee completed her BSc Mathematics degree at Royal Holloway in June 2013 with a First Class Honours, after which she studied MSc Information Security. She joined the second CDT cohort at Royal Holloway. Her past projects have included pseudo-random number gene

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Email: Elizabeth.Berners-Lee.2010[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Clive Blackwell is currently completing a PhD in Network Security under the supervision of Chris Mitchell with funding from the EPSRC. His thesis aims to unite the various existing Internet attack and defence taxonomies.

Email: C.Blackwell[at]rhul.ac.uk

Photo Giovanni Cherubin is currently a PhD student in Information Security with the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security. He is interested in some technical aspects of Information Security such as network protocols, operating systems and anonymity systems.

Room: McCrea 254
Email: Giovanni.Cherubin.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Jessica Claridge received an MSci in Mathematics, First Class Honours, Queen Mary University of London (2012). Jessica is now studying Network Coding under the supervision of Simon Blackburn.

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Email: Jessica.Claridge.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Sheila Cobourne MSc (London) gained an MSc in Information Security (with Distinction) in 2010, and is working on a PhD in the Smart Card Centre, supervised by Dr Keith Mayes.

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Email: Sheila.Cobourne.2008[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Ged Corob Cook has a BA and an MMath, both in Mathematics, from the University of Cambridge. He is currently studying for a PhD in and around topological algebra with Prof Brita Nucinkis.

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Email: Ged.CorobCook.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Alex Davidson graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc Mathematics degree, receiving first class honours. He joined the Centre for Doctoral Training for Cyber Security at the ISG in September 2014.

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Email: alex.davidson.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo William de Souza received a Doctor of Science degree in Engineering of Systems and Computing (Artificial Intelligence) from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.He is currently interested in Trusted Computing and in intelligent mechanisms applied in Trusted Computing.

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Email: William.DeSouza.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Chatdanai Dorkson

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Email: Chatdanai.Dorkson.2016[at]rhul.ac.uk

Photo Benoit Ducray

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Email: Benoit.Ducray.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Alex Embleton

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Email: Alexandra.Embleton.2016rhul.ac.uk

Photo Naomi Farley joined the Centre of Doctoral Training (part of the Information Security Group) of Royal Holloway in September 2013 after receiving a first class honours degree (BSc Hons) in Computer Science and Mathematics.

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Email: Naomi.Farley.2010[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Gregory Fenn is currently a PhD student in the Centre for Doctoral Training.His academic interests include modern cryptographic computer protocols, techniques of hacking ("Penetration Testing") and ways to model the behaviour of cyber enemies using Game Theory.

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Email: Gregory.Fenn.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo George Garforth MPhys (University of Sheffield), is studying quantum graphs with Dr. Jens Bolte and is interested in the theory of dynamical systems including quantum chaos.

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Email: George.Garforth.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Victor González Moreno Cohomology of Groups and classifying spaces

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Email: Victor.GonzalezMoreno.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Iakovos Gurulian

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Email: Iakovos.Gurulian.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Andreas Haggman joined the CDT in the autumn of 2014. His research interests lie in non-technical cyber security topics pertaining to military and government applications of cyber technologies, and organisational & policy responses to cyber security issues.

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Email: Andreas.Haggman.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Md. Rashedul Hassan has completed his undergraduate from the University of Hull in Computer Science with Games development, where he received a first class honours. He is currently doing a PhD under the supervision of Dr Konstantinos Markantonakis here at the Royal Holloway

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Email: MdRashedul.Hassan.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Steve Hersee is a first year PhD Student in the Centre for Doctrinal Training in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway, University of London. He completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham in 2003.

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Email: Steven.Hersee.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Jonathan Hoyland was awarded a masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Oxford. His research interests are model checking, verification of security protocols and formal methods.

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Email: Jonathan.Hoyland.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Shenglan Hu

Email: Shenglan.Hu.2003[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Daniel Hutchinson MMATH (Southampton) is studying randomness and pseudo-random number generators under the supervision of Prof. Kenny Paterson.

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Email: Daniel.Hutchinson.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Suleman Ibrahim is currently studying for a PhD with the Centre for Doctoral Training in the Information Security Group. His research interests are rooted in the sociology of cyber security.

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Email: Suleman.Ibrahim.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Asim Islam BSc (London), BA (Maths, OU) is studying analytical number theory part-time under the supervision of Prof. Glyn Harman and Dr Christian Elsholtz. His primary interests is in Sieve Methods, Exponential Sums and other Analytic Methods of studying the distribution of primes.

Email: Asim.Islam.2009[at]rhul.ac.uk

Photo Christian Janson Received his Diploma in Mathematics from University of Bremen. His chief interests are Boolean functions, mathematical models of security, game theory, lattice-based cryptography and number theoretical aspects. He's supervised by Dr Carlos Cid.

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Email: Christian.Janson.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Danushka Jayasinghe s first degree was in Computer Networking from the University of Greenwich and he also holds a BTEC HND in Network Engineering and Telecommunication Systems. He completed his MSc in Information Security at the ISG, Royal Holloway, University of London in

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Email: danushka.jayasinghe.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Samuel Jenkins graduated with an MSci in Mathematics and is currently studying time dependent quantum systems under Professor Pat O'Mahony.

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Email: Samuel.Jenkins.2010[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Roberto Jordaney is currently studying in the field of botnet detection and is supervised by Dr Lorenzo Cavallaro. He is also interested in application security, reverse engineering and penetration testing.

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Email: Roberto.Jordaney.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Martin Kelly

Email: Martin.Kelly.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Mohammed Khan is a post-graduate research student at Information Security Group, Royal Holloway University of London. His present research focus is on the security and privacy of LTE communication network. His specific concern is on the authentication, key management a

Email: Mohammed.Khan.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Salahuddin Khan

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Email: Salahuddin.Khan.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Lazaros Kyrillidis is conducting PhD research in smartphones security under the supervision of Dr. Keith Mayes, partly funded by Orange Lab. His research interests include smart cards, mobile phones / smartphones security and network security & security architectures.

Room: Founders West 152
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Email: lazaros.kyrillidis.2011[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Thalia Laing received a BSc in Mathematics at Imperial College London, followed by an MSc in Mathematics of Communications and Cryptography from Royal Holloway. She is currently a PhD student in the Centre of Doctoral Training in Cyber Security.

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Email: Thalia.Laing.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Robert Lee is a first year PhD student in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security. He studied for a Masters of Engineering in Computer Systems and Software Engineering at the University of York, graduating with Upper Second Class honours in 2013. He is

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Photo Wanpeng Li got his Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from Xihua University, China, in 2010, and his master degree in Information and Communication Engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 2013.

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Email: Wanpeng.Li.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo John MacDonald BSc, MBA (Henley) received his BSc. (1st class Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering in 1980 and his MBA (distinction) from Henley Management College in 1996. He is a part-time PhD student working under the supervision of Prof Chris Mitchell.

Email: J.A.Macdonald[at]rhul.ac.uk

Photo Hafizah Mansor holds a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and MSc in Computer Science from Malaysia. She is currently working in the SCC under the supervision of Dr Kostas Markantonakis. Her research interests include smart card security and cryptography.

Room: Founders West 154
Tel: 01784 414423
Email: Hafizah.Mansor.2011[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Ufuk Mat has a BSc and MSc from Bogazici University, Istanbul. His research interests are statistical signal/image processing and machine learning. He is working with Dr. Alexey Koloydenko on detection, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer.

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Email: ufuk.mat[at]gmail.com

Photo Gibson Mba holds BSc (University of Nigeria), MSc (Liverpool) and MBA (ESUT, Nigeria). He is registered for PhD (Part-time / DL) with Dr Lorenzo Cavallaro as supervisor. His research interests include Underground Economy and Malware.

Email: Gibson.Mba.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Konstantinos Mersinas Ptychio (Greece), MSc (RHUL), CISSP associate, ISO 27001 Auditor, is currently an administrator and tutor on the Distance Learning Program of the MSc in Information Security and a PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Keith Martin.

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Email: konstantinos.mersinas.2011[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Balázs Mezei

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Photo Caroline Moeckel BA (Hons), MSc, is supervised by Dr Geraint Price. Her research interests lie in the field of usable security and e-banking security, but also extend to the general themes of information assurance and risk management as well as identity management.

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Email: caromoeckel[at]me.com

Photo Mwawi Nyirenda Kayuni has a BSc (Mathematics) from University of Malawi, and a MSc in coding theory and cryptography from Mzuzu University. Mwawi's research interests are cryptography and network security, and she is supervised by Professor Keith Martin.

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Email: Mwawi.NyirendaKayuni.2011[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo William O'Donovan received his MMath in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in 2014. His research interests include group theory, representation theory, algebraic combinatorics and algebraic number theory. He is studying under the supervision of Dr. Mark Wildon.

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Email: William.ODonovan.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Laurence O'Toole B.Sc. (Galway) M.Sc. (Cork) is interested in block ciphers based on feistel networks and promises to finish his PhD sometime soon.

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Email: L.OToole[at]rhul.ac.uk

Photo Anthony Palmer M.Sc. (Open), MBCS, CITP is an information security consultant studying part-time Ph.D. student under Prof. Kenny Paterson and Prof. Johannes Zanker. His research interests include automated personal identification, identity management, biometrics, usability and PKI.

Email: Anthony.Palmer[at]rhul.ac.uk

Photo Liuxuan Pan has a BSc in Economics (Jinan University-China) and a MSc in Financial Mathematics (King's College-London). She is supervised by Dr Allan Tomlinson. Main interests are information asymmetry in financial market, economics of information security investment

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Email: Liuxuan.Pan.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Rachel Player studied Mathematics at Warwick, graduating with the MMath in July 2013. She is now studying for a PhD in Information Security under the supervision of Dr Carlos Cid and Professor Sean Murphy. Her research interests are lattice based cryptography and the l

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Email: Rachel.Player.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Lewis Proctor received a MPhys degree in Theoretical Physics from Sussex University (First Class Honours). He is working towards a Ph.D under the supervision of Dr. Jens Bolte in the study of semi-classical analysis of Dirac operators on a torus.

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Email: Lewis.Proctor.2015[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Dean Pyke Obtained a BSc in Mathematics from Royal Holloway and a Master of Advanced Study from the University of Cambridge. He is now working on time dependent problems in quantum physics under the supervision of Dr Francisca Mota-Furtado.

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Email: dean.pyke.2011[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Sarah Louise Renwick graduated from the University of Bristol with a 1st Class Honours degree in Mathematics. She is studying for a PhD under the supervision of Prof Keith Martin and Dr Carlos Cid in partnership with Thales UK, with focus in the area of Cryptography.

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Email: SarahLouise.Renwick.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Dusan Repel graduated from Plymouth University with 1stclass honours in Computer Science. His research interests lie mainly in the area of software security, including reverse engineering, malware and vulnerability detection and exploitation.

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Email: Dusan.Repel.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Ian Sargeant is supervised by Dr Allan Tomlinson.

Email: i_sargeant[at]yahoo.co.uk

Photo Sam Scott is studying towards a PhD in Cyber Security with the CDT at Royal Holloway. His background is in Mathematics & Cryptography: he obtained a BSc in Mathematics at Warwick and a MSc in the Mathematics of Cryptography & Communications at Royal Holloway.

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Email: Sam.Scott.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Marc Sel is a part-time student, working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers 'Advisory Services' in Belgium as a Director, specialising in ICT Security and Performance. His research interests are trust in all its forms of occurence, and ways to model it.

Email: Marc.Sel.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo James Sellwood is studying part-time for a PhD in Information Security under the supervision of Professor Jason Crampton. James' PhD research is focused on the definition, and development, of a relationship-based access control model.

Email: james.sellwood.2010[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Aleen Sheikh Research interests: Algebra, Number Theory, and Cryptography.

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Photo Carlton Shepherd graduated from Newcastle University with a first-class honours degree in B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science in June 2013. He joined the second cohort of Centre for Doctoral Training students in September 2014, he is provisionally supervised by Dr Markantonakis

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Email: Carlton.Shepherd.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Benjamin Smith

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Photo Philippa Thornton comes to the CDT from a professional background in the Metropolitan Police and the military. She has BA degrees in History and Politics (Liverpool) and English Literature (Open University), and a Masters in English from King's College London. Her research

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Email: Pip.Thornton.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Assad Umar

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Photo Thyla Van Der Merwe received a BCom in Mathematics, Statistics and Economics, a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has recently completed an MSc in Information Security at Royal Holloway.

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Email: Thyla.VanDerMerwe.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Matteo Vannacci holds a bachelor and master degree in Mathematics from the University of Florence. He is studying for a PhD in Mathematics under the supervision of Professor Yiftach Barnea in the area of Profinite Groups.

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Email: matteo.vannacci.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Ricardo Villaneuva Polanco is currently studying under the supervision of Prof. Kenny Paterson. His current research interests are: Cryptographic protocols and security issues in large scale systems.

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Email: Ricardo.VillanuevaPolanco.2013[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Terrence Walker is studying part-time for his PhD under the supervision of Dr Lizzie Coles-Kemp, while working for a CSIRT in Belgium. He is using system dynamics as a modelling tool in order to better understand security systems.

Email: T.C.Walker[at]rhul.ac.uk

Photo Conrad Williams studied Pure Mathematics (Bsc) at Royal Holloway University of London, and graduated with a 1st Class Honours in 2013. He received the Thewlis/Wilks prize and an IMA prize in his final year for exceptional grades and effort. He is part of the CDT Cohort a

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Email: Conrad.Williams.2010[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Joanne Woodage studied for an MMath Mathematics (Hons) degree at the University of Manchester, graduating with First Class Honours in 2013. She joined the second CDT cohort in September 2014.

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Email: Joanne.Woodage.2014[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo James Wright holds a MPhys Physics with Theoretical Physics from the University of Manchester. He is a first year PhD student under the supervision Dr. Stephen Wolthusen, and is researching the security of Smart Grids protocols.

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Email: James.Wright.2015[at]rhul.ac.uk

Photo Zhiqian Xu B.Eng (BUPT, China) M.A (WSU, USA) has research interests in distributed data protection and key management in distributed systems. She is supervised by Prof. Keith Martin.

Email: zhiqian.xu.2009[at]rhul.ac.uk

Photo Jiun Yi Yap obtained his B.Eng and M.Phil (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) from the Nanyang Technological University. He worked for 8 years in the public sector before joining the ISG in 2012 as a PhD student. He is supervised by Dr Allan Tomlinson.

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Email: Jiun.Yap.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Pavlo Yatsyna holds BA (Westminster) and completed MSc (Manchester) in Pure Mathematics. He is currently is studying under the supervision of Dr James McKee. His research interests are algebra and number theory.

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Email: Pavlo.Yatsyna.2012[at]live.rhul.ac.uk

Photo Po-Wah Yau BSc (Hons) (London) is interested in the security of distributed computing technologies. He is is currently part of a 3-year EPSRC funded e-Science research project looking at trust establishment in mobile distributed computing platforms.

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Email: p.yau[at]rhul.ac.uk

Photo Shuo Zhang

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Photo Lei Zhong is studying Statistics with Dr Teo Sharia and Dr Alexey Koloydenko.

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Email: lei_zhong123[at]hotmail.com