One of my goals is to make the Sydney area a great place to do R&D in IT Security. To this end, I am also Contributed Staff to Data61|CSIRO, a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, and a member of the Sydney Cybersecurity Network.
My research interests revolve around security and (network) measurement, with a decidedly empirical approach. My current interests are:
My theme is real-world security: security is achieved only by technology that supports its human users. No matter how brilliant the technology, if humans find it hard to operate, it will be insecure. Similarly, technology is always used in a context (at home, in finance, etc.) and this context is important in understanding how a technology must designed.
I have been appointed as a Theme Leader in the Sydney Nano Institute, responsible for developing the research fields nano communication and security, including quantum computing and security.
My term as coordinator for SSP/TSP has ended. From 15 Dec 2017 on, Dr Vera Chung will take over.
My student intake for 2018 for Honours and Master Coursework is already complete, sorry.
Our SecuriTea reading group is open and meeting every week. Join us! Drop me a line and I’ll add you to our Slack, or just show up every Wed 4pm on L4W, The Lounge™.
Our paper Mission accomplished? HTTPS Security after DigiNotar has won the IMC 2017 Community Contribution Award! Check out the dataset here. At 412GB, artefact is a bit of an understatement.
I also am a Visiting Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and a Visiting Academic at Technical University of Munich. As contributed university staff, I frequently collaborate with Data61 (CSIRO), Australia’s premier innovation group.
My full CV can be found here.
Update: My student intake for 2018 is complete - sorry! I generally offer a range of topics in the area of security and network security. Open topics can be found here. The current research theme for honours/Master by Research projects is described here (slides).
I also offer scholarships/internships within three programmes:
If you want to do a PhD with me, please contact me several months before the application deadline and take the time to find out what I am doing before proposing a research topic. I delete emails where the sender makes no attempt to understand what I am doing and how this fits with their research plans. Please prepare a rough draft of a research proposal, outlining your idea and its relationship to the state of the art.
I always have one or two ideas for PhD topics. PhD students at USyd are expected to be competitive for a scholarship. Sometimes topics can be done in collaboration with Data61 - these come with an extra top-up scholarship.
I am currently an advisor to the following students:
I am teaching the following unit in S1 2018:
I am going to teach the following units in S2 2018:
In the past, I have taught and coordinated the following units:
I was a co-lecturer at the University of New South Wales in 2016 and 2017:
I run SecuriTea, a reading and discussion group for students and staff interested in all aspects of computer security. I bring tea, coffee & biscuits, and participants bring a mug and a passion for security. The goal is to grow the security community at USYD.
There is no fixed topic; we follow our interests, the setting is semi-formal. We often choose a paper to talk about for every meeting, but we then often broaden the scope. We also chat about recent events. Recurrent topics include, but are certainly not limited to, blockchain and measuring security with Internet scans and passive traffic monitoring.
Our SecuriTea reading group is open for all and meets every Wednesday, at 4pm, on Level 4 West, Building J12 (School of IT), in The Lounge ™ - turn right at the entrance and walk to the end of the hallway.
Join us! You can just turn up or drop me a line and I’ll add you to our Slack, where we coordinate.