Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Staff Profile

Professor Aad van Moorsel

Prof of Distributed Systems



Aad van Moorsel is a Professor specialising in Cyber Security.  His group conducts research in security, privacy and trust.  Almost all of the group's research contains elements of quantification, be it through system measurement, predictive modelling or on-line adaptation. 

Aad is also the lead for Newcastle University in the Institute of Coding, a scheme offering postgraduate degree apprenticeships and various CPD courses to improve digital skills.

He worked in industry from 1996 until 2003, first as a researcher at Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies in Murray Hill and then as a research manager at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, both in the United States.  He got his PhD in computer science from Universiteit Twente in The Netherlands (1993) and has a Masters in mathematics from Universiteit Leiden, also in The Netherlands. After finishing his PhD he was a postdoc at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, for two years.

Aad was Head of the School of Computing between 2012 and 2017.

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Research Interests

My group takes the perspective of the user and the decision-maker, and asks the questions: how can we run IT, make decisions about IT, and implement IT such that the business is secured but efficient and people feel safe but can be productive.

We provide new, scalable technologies and methodologies in pursue of the holy grail: make deicions, operate and optimise information systems for the proven good of an organisation without any human intervention. That will never succeed completely, but it poses us interesting research targets. Our research is based on sound foundations in systems research. Our research is heavy on quantification, combining system measurement with mathematical modelling and system implementation. We build software and systems, apply math, and invent algorithms and architectures.

Research Group memberships



I teach undergraduate and postgraduate course, and am happy to take on projects on all levels in subjects related to cybercrime.