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Newcastle University PhD student wins Cyber Security PhD Award

At the 2016 Annual Conference for the Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, Newcastle PhD Student Maryam Mehrnezhad won a best PhD research award. The format of the competition was an 'elevator pitch' in which students have 5 minutes to explain their research and research impact. Maryam spoke about her work on Mobile Sensors Security in this competition with students from University of Birmingham, Imperial college, University of Kent, Lancaster University, University of Oxford, Queen's University Belfast, RHUL, University of Surrey, and UCL. She was co-winner with the student from UCL. The conference itself brought together academic, industry and government representatives to discuss a number of themes, mainly based around exploitation of academic research and innovation. This is the first time that a Newcastle University student has won this prize.

published on: 15th July 2016

Raj Ranjan publication is selected as highlighted paper by IEEE Cloud Computing

A BlueSkies column written by Raj Ranjan (Reader in Computing Science at Newcastle) and collaborators from Austria and Switzerland has been selected as the highlight paper by IEEE Cloud Computing.


published on: 11th July 2016

Brian Randell wins 2016 Jean-Claude Laprie Award

Prof. Brian Randell has received the 2016 Jean-Claude Laprie Award for his 2004 paper, co-authored with Algirdas Avizienis, Carl Landwehr, and the late Jean-Claude Laprie, "Basic concepts and taxonomy of dependable and secure computing". The Jean-Claude Laprie Award in Dependable Computing has been awarded annually since 2012 by the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance in Jean-Claude Laprie’s honor. The award recognizes outstanding papers that have significantly influenced the theory and/or practice of Dependable Computing. The award takes the form of a memorial plaque presented to the author at the Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), hosted at Toulouse, France this year.

published on: 3rd July 2016

Teresa Almeida discusses a new body awareness app ‘Labella’ in the Independent

In the Independent yesterday (May 16th) is an article about a new app for women which allows users to get to know their own anatomy through the medium of a smart phone. Teresa Almeida, a PhD student from Computing Science talks about the new app in the Independent.

published on: 19th May 2016

Newcastle research contributing to improve W3C security

A recent project by researchers in the School of Computing Science (Maryam Mehrnezhad, Ehsan Toreini, Siamak Shahandashti, Feng Hao), reveals a significant flaw in the current W3C specification. Conforming to W3C, mobile web browsers allow JavaScript code in a web page to access motion and orientation sensor data without the user's permission. However, by analysing the collected sensor data, it is possible for a remote web page to deduce the user's local touch actions on the mobile phone screen and even the PIN entered into other web pages. This flaw imposes serious privacy risks to end users, and affects all major browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari.

published on: 28th April 2016

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