Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research

Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR)

The Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research was set up in 2012, following the award of "Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research" by GCHQ in partnership with the Research Councils’ Global Uncertainties Programme (RCUK) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). 

The Centre is home to leading researchers, covering a wide range of Cyber Security areas:

  • Network and Computer Security
  • Cryptography
  • Human Factors in Security
  • End-to-end systems Security
  • Privacy-Enhancing Technologies
  • Language-based Security
  • Program Verification and Analysis

The Centre of Excellence will help make the UK government, business and consumers more resilient to cyber attack by extending knowledge and enhancing skills in cyber security.  In particular it can:

  • Enhance the UK’s cyber knowledge base through original research
  • Provide top quality graduates in the field of cyber security
  • Support GCHQ’s cyber defence mission
  • Drive up the advancements and the level of innovation

The Centre is also actively involved in the Science of Cyber Security Research Institute, and is in close collaboration with the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science and the SECReT Doctoral Training Centre.

UCL is one of eleven UK universities conducting world class research in the field of cyber security that have been awarded “Centre of Excellence" status.  The other ten centres are the University of Bristol, University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, Lancaster University, Newcastle University, University of Oxford, Queen’s University Belfast, Royal Holloway University of London, and the University of Southampton. Part of the goal in creating the centres is to encourage collaboration, enhancing the UK's knowledge base providing top-quality graduate training, supporting GCHQ and driving up the level of innovation.

Teaching and Education

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    Research Portraits

    Jens Groth - Non-interactive zero knowledge proofs, efficient enough to be used in practice




    Earl Barr




    Nicolas Courtois - Algebraic cryptanalysis




    George Danezis - Smart grid privacy, peer-to-peer and social network security





    Emiliano De Cristofaro - Developing systems using efficient cryptographic protocols for privacy-preserving information sharing




    Sarah Meiklejohn - Security and Cryptography




    Steven Murdoch - Privacy and Financial Security



    Mirco Musolesi




    David Pym - Conceptual, economic, and mathematical modelling of the incentives, costs, and values of information security policies, processes, and technologies




    Peter O'Hearn - Understanding concurrent programs and cybersecurity




    Angela Sasse - Designing Usable Security that works with and for users and their organisations




     Gianluca Stringhini - Cyber criminal operations and developing systems to defend against them




    This page was last modified on 13 Sep 2017.