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EPSRC Reference: EP/K004379/1
Title: Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research - Queen's University Belfast
Principal Investigator: McCanny, Professor JV
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Department: Sch of Electronics, Elec Eng & Comp Sci
Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2012 Ends: 30 September 2017 Value (£): 50,804
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Communications Electronics
Information Technologies
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As the internet evolves, so too do the major issues of network and data security. The secure protection of sensitive information, is increasingly a major challenge. The pervasive use of mobile and wireless communication with increased bandwidth and service diversity is also creating challenging security loopholes and requirements. The security of individuals within society is a major issue ranging from assault of citizens in public areas, to terrorist attacks. Security in the commercial sector, airports etc has seen the deployment of increasingly sophisticated access control for example using biometrics, intrusion detection and CCTV. Here the integration of information security and people security technology is necessary to make this a reality e.g. the integration of sensors, connected through secure communications with novel user interfaces such as advanced face recognition. All of these important applications require major innovations, covering many aspects of technological expertise and demand an integrated approach to meet emerging and future requirements.

CSIT is already internationally recognized as performing state-of-the-art research in a number of key areas. These include:

Data Security Systems - Use of encryption technology, low power cryptosystems for RFID, PDAs etc. and watermarking of digital content.

Network Security Systems - Protection of the network and network infrastructure against attack from viruses and intrusions. This will investigate novel hardware architectures to allow speeds of up to 100Gb/s - sufficient to meet the demand of the internet well into the next decade and beyond.

Wireless Enabled Security Systems - Development of a range of novel sensor technologies over a wide frequency band e.g. health monitoring, body worn antennas, cellular radio front ends and millimetre wave imagers for e.g. explosive detection.

Intelligent Surveillance Systems / development of video analytic algorithms for automated event detection, profiling objects and development of data mining tools for analysis of annotated data.

A key aspect of the Centre is the commercialisation of the research through a dedicated team of commercial and business development staff. this includes mechanisms such as spin outs, licensing, knowledge transfer partnerships and contract research.
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