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Fully Homomorphic Encryption for Secure Processing of Sensitive Video Game Data by Artificial Intelligence Systems

Project Description

There is a competition funded PhD studentship at the University of York available to work with Prof. Kahrobaei (the Director of York Interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security) and Prof. Wade (the Director of the Centre for Future Health). The topic of the project is "Fully Homomorphic Encryption for Secure Processing of Sensitive Video Game Data by Artificial Intelligence Systems". The deadline is January 31, 2020.

Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) promises to revolutionise the way we deal with data. It enables researchers to analyze encrypted datasets and obtain useful outputs - safeguarding the privacy of the data providers and broadening the scope of available datasets at the same time. One of the most promising targets for FHE is video game
telemetry - a form of data that has vast commercial and health-related potential but which is often hard to share because of issues relating to privacy, security and consent.

This competitively funded PhD studentship is advertised under the IGGI programme ( - the largest doctoral training programme in advanced video game technology in the world. The student would focus on the theoretical and practical issues involved in implementing a fast and secure next-generation FHE analysis framework based on recent work from PI Delaram Kahrobaei ( We will iterate development using test datasets from video games in close collaboration with our partners in the video game industry and focus on the secure, private extraction of data relating to worldwide cognitive health.

The student would engage with a full set of the training opportunities presented under the IGGI programme and would gain a broad understanding of the entire video game ecosystem - including design, analytics and applications. In addition, the work would require a deep understanding of the maths and computer science underlying FHE and the student would be supervised by world experts in the fields of both cryptography (PI Kahrobaei) and cognitive neuroscience and game analytics (PI Wade).

This is a competitive application process for admission to the IGGI cohort in September 2020. We expect candidate to have excellent mathematical skills and some experience in programming.

Project enquiries:
Professor Delaram Kahrobaei ()
Professor Alex Wade ()

Application enquiries:

Funding Notes

If you are interested, please visit View Website for full details on the application process and a list of potential supervisors, or contact us at with any questions.

We expect substantial competition and encourage interested applicants to submit applications as early as possible. The deadline for applications is 23:59 (GMT) on Friday 31st January 2020.

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