Professor M. Angela Sasse FREng

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Photo of Angela SasseProfessor of Human-Centred Security

Director of the UK Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security (RISCS


Office: 6.22, Malet Place Engineering

Tel: +44 020 7679 7212

Fax: +44 020 7387 1397

Email: a.sasse [at]



Over the past 15 years, she has been researching the human-centred aspects of security, privacy, identity and trust.

Research interests: how we design and implement innovative technologies that are fit for purpose, value for money, and improve productivity and well-being of individuals and society.

Angela's full research portrait can be found here.


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Short Biography

M. Angela Sasse FREng is the Professor of Human-Centred Technology in the Department of Computer Science at University College London, UK.  A usability researcher by training, she started investigating the causes and effects of usability issues with security mechanisms in 1996.  In addition to studying specific mechanisms such as passwords, biometrics, and access control, her research group has developed human-centred frameworks that explain the role of security, privacy, identity and trust in human interactions with technology.  She is currently the Director of the multidisciplinary UK Research Institute for Science of Cyber Security (RISCS), funded by EPSRC and GCHQ and now its second phase. The nature and importance of the work was showcased in this Nature article last year.

She was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2015, and serves on its Diversity Committee.  She was a member of the Steering Committee of the Royal Society's report into Cyber Security Research in the UK.

Beyond UCL


  • Past Chair of the British HCI Group (A Specialist Group of the British Computer Society).
  • Past programme co-chair of HCI'96, INTERACT'99 and WEIS 2009.
  • Papers Co-Chair of ACM CHI 2002 in Minneapolis and Associate Papers Chair in 2003, 2014, 2016
  • Steering Committee Member, USEC and EuroUSEC (NDSS Workshop on Usable Security)
  • PC member of Mycrypt 2016, ISBA 2016

Research Fellows: Dr. Simon Parkin

Current PhD students: Ingolf Becker, Odette Beris, Ruba Abu-Salma, Nissy Sombatruang, Julienne Park

List of all PhD students

List of all publications

This page was last modified on 17 Jan 2017.


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