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I am a Senior Lecturer (~assistant professor) in Computer Science at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. My research focuses on privacy technologies, privacy metrics, and smart cities.

September 6, 2018: Paper presented at Workshop on Data Privacy Management (DPM)

I presented my paper "Privacy Risk Assessment: From Art to Science, by Metrics" at the 13th DPM International Workshop on Data Privacy Management (co-located with Esorics 2018) in Barcelona, Spain. The paper argues that privacy risk can be decomposed into factors contributing to impact and likelihood, thus allowing for more systematic quantification.

June 20, 2018: Paper published in ACM Computing Surveys

My paper "Technical Privacy Metrics: A Systematic Survey" has been published in ACM Computing Surveys. The paper analyzes the characteristics of existing privacy metrics and introduces novel taxonomies that allow to detect similarities between metrics and to determine which metrics are suitable in specific applications. In addition, we propose a method to select privacy metrics for specific applications.

June 5, 2018: Tutorial at AsiaCCS: Understanding and solving the privacy challenges in the smart city

I gave a tutorial on privacy challenges and solutions for smart cities at the ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security (AsiaCCS 2018) in Songdo, Korea (together with David Eckhoff).

May 4, 2018: Paper accepted in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing

My paper "On the Strength of Privacy Metrics for Vehicular Communication" has been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. The paper is open access and already available as a preprint.

February 26, 2018: Paper published in IEEE Comunications Surveys & Tutorials

My paper "Privacy in the Smart City -- Applications, Technologies, Challenges and Solutions" has now been published in IEEE Comunications Surveys & Tutorials.

In the paper, my coauthor David Eckhoff and I give structure to the fuzzy term "smart city" by systematizing the application areas, enabling technologies, privacy types, attackers and data sources for the attacks. Based on our taxonomies, we describe existing privacy-enhancing technologies, review the state of the art in real cities around the world, and discuss promising future research directions. Our survey can serve as a reference guide, contributing to the development of privacy-friendly smart cities.

November 2, 2017: Senior Member of the ACM

ACM has elevated me to ACM Senior Member status, recognizing demonstrated excellence in the computing field.

September 14, 2017: Poster series "Inspiring Computer Scientists"

I have released my poster series "Inspiring Computer Scientists" under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.

January 11, 2017: Paper published in ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security

My paper "Evaluating the Strength of Genomic Privacy Metrics" has now been published in ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (TOPS).

The paper presents a novel method to measure the strength of privacy metrics by requiring that metrics are monotonic with increasing adversary strength. We uncover serious problems with several existing metrics currently used to measure genomic privacy. The paper includes suggestions on metric selection, interpretation, and visualization using case studies for three real-world diseases.

December 13, 2016: Postdoctoral position available

We have a position for a post-doctoral researcher at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK, in the area of privacy-enhancing technologies. The position is for one year, starting March 2017.

The researcher will work on the EPSRC-funded project PryMe to investigate the strength of privacy metrics (see http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/P006752/1).

We are seeking candidates with a PhD in Computer Science or a related area and an excellent publication record in privacy-enhancing technologies, ideally with experience in one or more of the following application domains: vehicular networks, smart metering, social networks, or data publishing.

https://jobs.dmu.ac.uk/webrecruitment/Default.asp?Section=Vacancy&VacID=10342

The last day to apply is January 12th.

September 12, 2016: Tutorial at ISC2: Understanding and solving the privacy challenges in the smart city

I gave a tutorial on privacy challenges and solutions for smart cities at the IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2016) in Trento, Italy (together with David Eckhoff).

August 1, 2016: ACM Transactions Paper tops ACM downloads

My paper "Gender and Performance in Computer Science" is now the most downloaded article in ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE).

May 23, 2016: Paper published in ACM Transactions on Computing Education

My paper "Gender and Performance in Computer Science" has now been published in ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE).

April 21, 2016: Talk at CSP:2016

I gave a talk at CSP:2016 Cyber Security Professionals in York, UK, to present my ongoing work on visualizing the strength of privacy metrics.

January 17, 2016: ACM Transactions Paper in Top-10 Citations

My paper "On the Lifetime of Wireless Sensor Networks" is now the top 6 of highly cited papers of ACM Trans. on Sensor Networks.

January 9, 2016: Talk at IEEE CCNC

I gave a talk at the Workshop on Ambient Assisted Living and eHealth (AALEH 2016), held in conjunction with IEEE CCNC, to present our paper "User Interface Design for Privacy Awareness in eHealth Technologies".