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The CSI Team

Background

Nuclear power has great potential as a future global power source with a small carbon footprint. 

Designers and operators of nuclear power plants strive to improve safety, maintain availability and reduce the cost of operation and maintenance. However plant life extensions and power updates increase the demand for new tools for diagnosing the health of nuclear power plants.

Monitoring the status of nuclear power plants by diverse means is necessary for their safe operation. However, current diagnostic approaches depend heavily on human operator judgement based on information available in the plant’s control room, with decisions on accident progression made through human verification and validation, a process which is not always reliable.

Digital forensics automation efficiency and efficacy

Exploring novel techniques for intelligent automation of forensics processes.

Usable application restrictions, sandboxes and access controls

Application-oriented access control extensions to the Linux kernel: including PACLs (AppCL), and novel policy abstractions (FBAC-LSM).

Mobile device security and privacy

The design and evaluation of increased and usable security and privacy for Android; involving the development and evaluation of security features.

Online virtualised environment for teaching computer security

We are in the process of deploying and evaluating a cloud-based laboratory platform based on oVirt technology.

Gamification and teaching methods for computer security in Higher Education

Investigating and applying gamification in HE.

Semantic web and microtransactions

A distributed method of funding online content via microtransations.

Wi-Fi security and human factors

Investigating relationships between human factors and Wi-Fi security.

Language processing, counter-terrorism and crime analytics

I-Surv and D-Scent projects (EPSRC collaborative project on counter terrorism: 2008 -2011)

CCTV surveillance: modelling visual human behavioural triggers, aimed at enhancing and automating detection capabilities for combating crime, triage, crime analytics, and online grooming detection. Combining knowledge from geospatial science and positioning, communication networks and forensic and cognitive psychology, to investigate whether deception can be identified and proved from ‘scent trails’ (tracked movements, communications and behaviours).

OSINT tools and techniques

Investigating open source intelligence tools and techniques, and investigating the relationship between expectations and personal information publicly available online.

Cybercrime training

Drawing together digital crime experts to provide training programmes.

Human rights informatics

Technology to support human rights organisations; TOR, the dark Web; surveillance and privacy.

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