Professor M. Angela Sasse FREng

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Photo of Angela SasseProfessor of Human-Centred Security


Office: 6.14, 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

As of summer 2018 M. Angela Sasse FREng is the Professor of Human-Centred Security at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. She retains an appointment at UCL but does not take new PhD students. 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

Latest Talks

  • 11 January 2017: "How safe is your password?" at Radio 4's Moneybox programme, London, UK
  • 13 December 2016: "Working together to meet the cyber challenge" at Rise to the Challenge: Cyber Security, London, UK
  • 7 December 2016: "Awareness supporting the transition to secure behaviours" at SASIG Conference, London, UK
  • 9 November 2016: Keynote "Security the Digital Society - why we need a multidisciplinary approach" at the opening ceremony for Beautiful New World: Safety for People in Cyberspace (SecHuman) project, Bochum, Germany
  • 1 November 2016: "Managing your privacy - What choice do you really have?" at Google Security and Privacy Week, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 17 October 2016: "Case study: Implementing effective defence against the insider threat without ruffling feathers" at 15th Noord Infosec Dialogue, Marlow, UK
  • 6 September 2016: "Smart Cities, Future Homes" at Data Protection Forum, London, UK
  • 25 August 2016: "Privacy of Personal Health Data" at 11th International IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management, Karlstad, Sweden

Research Fellows: Dr. Simon Parkin

Current PhD students: Ruba Abu-Salma, Nissy Sombatruang, Albese Demjaha, Thomas Cattermole

List of all PhD students

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This page was last modified on 12 Dec 2019.


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