School of Computing

Staff Profiles

Dr John Mace

Research Associate


John is a Research Associate working on security and privacy issues related to smart buildings. He is currently working on a PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity project called Markets for Connected Space Sharing (MACSS). The aim of MACSS is to create a socio-techno-legal solution for managing access to building data generated within shared spaces. This builds on work John carried out on a previous PETRAS project called Managing Access to Smart Building Information (MASBI) for which he co-designed a socio-technical ethical process for managing access to smart building data. In September 2017, John joined the Cyber Security Centre, University of Warwick for a 6-month secondment with Newcastle to work on a PETRAS collaboration project NUSBIoT, assessing the security of Newcastle University's Urban Sciences Building.

John has previously undertaken a 12-month internship with the Cloud and Security Group, HP Research Lab, Bristol working on the EPSRC/TSB funded project Trust Domains; worked in partnership with The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on the NSA funded project Science of Security (SoS); worked in partnership with the UK Criminal Justice Board on a UK Home Office funded project to produce a platform for secure data sharing; and in partnership with Italy’s Intelligence System for the Security of the Republic on the CIPS funded project CYCLOPS.

John holds both a BSc (1st Class) honours degree and PhD in Computing Science from Newcastle University. He has also published several papers on methodologies and tools using probabilistic modelling aspects and ontologies for designing information security policies and understanding their impact on workflow completion. 

John is currently a member of the School of Computing's Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion committee. 


  • Mace JC, Morisset C, Smith L. A Socio-Technical Ethical Process for Managing Access to Smart Building Data. In: Living in the Internet of Things: Realising the socioeconomic benefits of an interconnected world. 2019, London: IET.
  • Mansfield M, Morisset C, Gamble C, Mace JC, Pierce K, Fitzgerald J. Design Space Exploration for Secure Building Control. In: 16th Overture Workshop. 2018, Oxford University, UK.
  • Mace JC, Morisset C, Pierce K, Gamble C, Maple C, Fitzgerald J. A multi-modelling based approach to assessing the security of smart buildings. In: Living in the Internet of Things: Cybersecurity of the IoT. 2018, London, UK: Institution of Engineering and Technology.
  • Mace JC, Thekkummal N, Morisset C, VanMoorsel A. ADaCS: A tool for Analysing Data Collection Strategies. In: 14th European Performance Engineering Workshop (EPEW 2017). 2017, Berlin, Germany: Springer.
  • Mace JC, Morisset C, van Moorsel A. WRAD: Tool Support for Workflow Resiliency Analysis and Design. In: 8th international workshop on Software Engineering for Resilient Systems (SERENE 2016). 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden: Springer International Publishing.
  • Mace JC, Morisset C, van Moorsel A. Impact of policy design on workflow resiliency computation time. In: J Campos and B.R Haverkort, ed. Quantitative Evaluation of Systems. Springer International, 2015, pp.244-259.
  • Mace JC, Morisset C, van Moorsel A. Resiliency Variance in Workflows with Choice. In: A Fantechi and P Patrizio, ed. Software Engineering for Resilient Systems. Springer International, 2015, pp.128-143.
  • Mace JC, Morisset C, van Moorsel A. Modelling user availability in workflow resiliency analysis. In: HotSoS '15 Symposium and Bootcamp on the Science of Security. 2015, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA: ACM.
  • Mace JC, Morisset C, van Moorsel A. Quantitative Workflow Resiliency. In: 19th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security. 2014, Wroclaw, Poland: Springer.
  • Mace JC, Moorsel AV, Watson P. The Case for Dynamic Security Solutions in Public Cloud Workflow Deployments. In: IEEE/IFIP 41st International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks Workshops (DSN-W). 2011, Hong Kong, China: IEEE.
  • Mace JC, Parkin S, Moorsel AV. A Collaborative Ontology Development Tool for Information Security Managers. In: Proceedings of the 4th symposium on computer human interaction for the management of information technology. 2010, San Jose, CA, USA: ACM.
  • Mace JC, Parkin SE, Moorsel AV. Ontology Editing Tool for Information Security and Human Factors Experts. In: International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing. 2010, Valencia, Spain: SciTePress.
  • Mace JC. Printer Identification Techniques and Their Privacy Implications. Newcastle upon Tyne: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2010. School of Computing Science Technical Report Series 1211.