Dr Darren Hurley-Smith

Personal profile

Information security Lecturer, whose research interests include: internet-of-things security, distributed decision making systems, swarm robotics, smart cities, resilient smart networks, and statistical evaluation of random number generators.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, hiking, and painting.

Research interests

My current focus is to research novel strategies and develop technologies to protect individuals from personal data theft, particularly when using computationally limited devices. Payment cards, travel card, RFID tokens, smartphones and internet-of-things are all devices of interest to me. The increasingly decentralised nature of UK and EU energy grids is an area in which I am applying this interest in a professional capacity.

I also have a background in engineering, with professional-level VHDL programming skills and an interest in cybernetics. The security of assistive and health-critical implants is an area of research of great interest to me. I have also led elements of projects involving analysis of cyber-criminal activity from a statistical modelling standpoint, and seek to develop novel predictive models of criminal behaviour on the Internet.

 

Teaching

I currently teach Network Security and Security Testing (IY4610/5610). I am interested in supervising MSc and Bachelors degree projects that align with my research interests.

Educational background

I was awarded a PhD in Network Security by the University of Greenwich in 2015. Prior to that, I achieved a 1:1 BEng (Hons) degree at the University of Greenwich in 2012, being awarded the highest performance in cohort prize.

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