University of Brighton

brightonThe University of Brighton (UoB) is a community of 21,300 students and 2,600 staff based on five campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. We have one of the best teaching quality ratings in the UK and a strong reputation for quality research. We pride ourselves on pioneering new approaches with innovative and relevant research that addresses current issues and challenges. Research in Computing, Engineering and Mathematics (CEM) aims to deliver a high quality foundation for the effective design, application and use of technology to advance social, cultural and economic development. Our wide range of research applications is underpinned by a focus on impact delivery and validated in close collaboration with end-users as well as the national framework for the assessment for research quality. The Computing Division of CEM has research groups contributing to various research areas of Computer Science such as Software Engineering, Information Security, Visual Modelling, Computational Intelligence, Natural Language Technologies, and Interactive Technologies. The UoB participated in 39 FP7-funded projects across the Co-operation and People programmes, leading on 22 projects. Examples of these are 3D-COFORM (project number 231809), STYLE (project number 613526) and NEXT (project number 602235). The Secure and Dependable Software Systems Research Cluster produces work in the intersection of software engineering, security engineering and risk management. We have pioneered work in ontologies, languages, models, processes, methodologies and automated testing and optimisation techniques that consider security, risk, trust and privacy as an integral aspect of the software systems development process. Members of the research cluster have contributed to a variety of projects both at national and International level. Examples of such projects include Secure Tropos (Research Councils UK), Powerchex (Technology Strategy Board), JTrust (Research Councils UK), PANDORA, SESAME, MITIGATE (EU) and we have applied our theoretical research outputs to large set of critical application domains including health-care, governmental infrastructures, telecommunications, banking, and cloud-based systems.

Relevant EU or national Projects

  • Secure Tropos. This project aims to investigate, analyse, and define models to capture security concerns during software systems development process. The project takes an interdisciplinary view of the security problem that considers technical and social issues and it includes techniques from ontological analysis, security modelling, and systems engineering. This industry led project applies theoretical work, especially from the Secure Tropos and Trust and Security in Virtual Societies projects for the development of a secure set of services for the pre-employment financial sector domain.
  • Trust and Security in Virtual Societies. This project developed a framework to support modelling of trust in the context of intelligent systems. An ontological foundation was developed and a modelling language, based on the identified ontology, to support modelling and reasoning of trust. The work was integrated into the Secure Tropos methodology. This project investigates the issues involved in developing trustworthy information systems and networks and it aims to develop a novel methodology to allow modelling and reasoning of trust issues in a structured and coherent way, by promoting the Design for Trust paradigm

The UoB team consists of members of the Secure and Dependable Software Systems (SenSe) research cluster of the University of Brighton (