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Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable Systems


About the Programme

Software systems are an important and critical component of human society, used in areas such as healthcare, finance, transportation, power, military, education and telecommunications.

The Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable Systems focuses on both theoretical and practical research in computer science challenges related to security, intelligence and usability of software systems.

We welcome research student applications in the areas of Security and Privacy Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Usability. Some representative topics include (but not limited to):

Security and Privacy

Security analysis for internet of things; threat propagation analysis; data governance for privacy; security by design and by default; security and privacy of critical infrastructures; security and privacy risk management; privacy-by-design and by default; security and privacy for artificial intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence

Automated provision of context and explanation; intelligent reasoning systems; agent-based architectures; natural language processing; computational linguistics; machine learning techniques for complex datasets; recommender systems.


Interactive technologies including creative design methods; user-centred design and evaluation; visualisation of logic; data visualisation; computational technologies for visual data; digital technologies for cultural heritage, digital health.

We are also particularly keen to explore research that cuts across more than one of the above areas.

For more information about our research centre, visit the Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable Systems website.

To discuss opportunities with our Centre Director, email Professor Haris Mouratidis: 

Apply online 

Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

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