Dr. George Loukas

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I am a Senior Lecturer carrying out research and teaching in cyber-physical security, cyber crime, digital communications and emergency response. I am particularly active in industry-academia collaborations, in R&D and advisory capacity. Before joining the Univ. of Greenwich I was a government-funded advisor on R&D collaborations in the Defence & Security industry, and previously a PhD and post-doctoral research associate at Imperial College.

Latest Book

Cyber-physical attacks are security breaches in cyberspace that affect adversely physical space. From hijacking control of a smart home or an insulin pump, to making a car veer off the road and a drone to land in enemy hands, the book explores how attacks using computers affect the physical world in ways that were previously only possible through physical means. The book has received highly positive reviews by the IEEE Cipher magazine (Issue E219), ACM Computing Reviews, Professional Security Magazine and Oxford Journals’ Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice. It was also chosen by ACM in the top 10 in the Computing Milieux category of the 2015 annual list of notable books and articles published in computing.

Current and latest activities

  • Visiting scholar at Reading University
  • On the editorial board of Elsevier's Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory journal
  • On the editorial board of BCS's The Computer Journaly
  • Co-chair of ICA3PP track on "Service Dependability and Security in Distributed and Parallel Systems", Malaga, Spain, 2016.
  • Co-organiser of IEEE Globecom's Social Collaborative Internet workshop (SCI-2015), San Diego, USA.
  • On the programme committee of IEEE FICLOUD, IEEE MASCOTS, IEEE HPCC, IEEE ISCIS, IEEE ISPA, IEEE SERA and PerNEM (IEEE PERCOM)
  • Grants reviewer for EPSRC (UK), SNSF (Switzerland), ISF (Israel), MBIE (New Zealand)
  • Book proposal reviewer for Morgan Kaufmann and Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Teaching

    Communication Systems 1 (COMP1587), Computer Systems Architecture (COMP1588), Network Security (COMP1561), Cyber Security (COMP1426), Audit and Security (COMP1431), Mobile and Network Technologies (COMP1706), Scholarly and Academic Practice (COMP1715), Cyber-Physical Security

    Research

    Currently, I am the UoG P.I. for the CHIST-ERA/EPSRC COCOON project, coordinating work in emotion-aware cyber threat detection in smart homes, and the EU H2020 TRILLION project on the secure collaboration of citizens and law enforcement agencies via social networks. I have just returned from a short sabbatical at Reading University, combining neuroscience with cyber security research.

    Latest research grants and other contracts

  • UoG VC's 3-year PhD studentship in "Understanding contagion spreading processes of cyber security threats through social networks" (~65,000 GBP), 2017-2020, jointly with Nicola Perra
  • UoG VC's 3-year PhD studentship in "Human-as-a-Security-Sensor in the Internet of Everything" (~65,000 GBP), 2017-2020, P.I.
  • CHIST-ERA/EPSRC Cocoon project (277,000 Euro), 2016-2018, P.I.
  • HEA: "Cyber Security Engineering MSc Conversion Course" (50,000 GBP), 2016, jointly with Diane Gan and Lachlan MacKinnon
  • REF Formulaic (48,000 GBP), 2015-2019, P.I.
  • EU Horizon 2020 TRILLION project (335,000 Euro), 2015-2018, P.I.
  • dstl 3-year PhD studentship on "Safeguarding Autonomous Vehicles from Cyber Attacks" (117,000 GBP), 2013-2016, jointly with Richard Anthony and Diane Gan
  • UoG VC's 3-year PhD studentship in "Cyber-physical security of robotic vehicles" (~65,000 GBP), 2012-2015, P.I.
  • EU ISEC 2011: ECENTRE - Cybercrime Centre of Excellence Network for Training Research and Education (63,000 Euro), 2013-2014, P.I.
  • Cyber-physical security training of senior counterterrorism managers of the Metropolitan Police (37,500 GBP), 2012-2013, jointly with Diane Gan
  • Current PhD students

  • William Oliff: Context-enhanced indoor localisation, tracking and occupancy detection
  • Terry Brett: Understanding contagion spreading processes of cyber security threats through social networks
  • David Velásquez: Generic, flexible and usable method to design and implement self-adaptive Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) that must operate intelligently in uncertain environments (In collaboration with Universidad EAFIT and Panthéon Sorbonne University)
  • Current post-doc researchers

  • Dr. Anatolij Bezemskij, EPSRC/CHIST-ERA Cocoon project
  • Dr. Ryan Heartfield, EPSRC/CHIST-ERA Cocoon project
  • Alumni PhD and post-doc researchers

  • Dr. Syed Sadiqur Rahman - 2016-17, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, TRILLION project - Upon completion moved to a lecturer position at Prince Mugrin University
  • Dr. Ryan Heartfield - 2013-17, PhD, Utilising the concept of Human-as-a-Security-Sensor for detecting semantic social engineering attacks - Upon completion moved to a University of Greenwich post-doc position in EPSRC/CHIST-ERA project Cocoon
  • Dr. Anatolij Bezemskij - 2013-17, PhD, Safeguarding Autonomous Vehicles from Cyber Attacks< - Upon completion moved to a University of Greenwich post-doc position in EPSRC/CHIST-ERA project Cocoon
  • Dr. David Gresty - 2013-17, PhD, Forensic timeline analysis - Upon completion moved to a University of Greenwich lecturer position
  • Dr. Avgoustinos Filippoupolitis - 2013-14, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, E-Centre project: Detection of botnets through attacker profiling - Upon completion moved to a University of Greenwich lecturer position
  • Dr. Tuan Vuong - 2012-17, PhD, Cyber-physical security of robotic vehicles - Upon completion moved to a University of Greenwich lecturer position
  • Alumni junior researchers

  • Thomas Westmacott-Verran - 2017, Graduate Trainee Software Developer on Human-as-a-Security-Sensor app development - Upon completion moved to a Software developer position with SearchFlow
  • Domenico Galimi - 2016, Legal aspects of community policing enhanced by social media reporting (TRILLION project) - Upon completion moved to PhD position at Royal Holloway)
  • William Oliff - 2016, Student Software Developer for Bluetooth Low Energy-based occupancy detection - Upon completion moved to a University of Greenwich PhD position
  • Tomas Dos Santos Correa (2016. Moved to Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)
  • Babak Takand - 2016, Student Software Developer for Wearable Devices - Upon completion moved to a Machine Learning Engineer position with ANDi Games Ltd
  • Orestis Mavropoulos - 2015, Student Software Developer: An Internet of Things Living Lab - Upon completion moved to a University of Brighton PhD position