Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU, UK)

The organisation:
Founded in 1825, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has over 180 years experience in delivering high quality higher education. The University has successfully developed its portfolio to include professional training, business support, consultancy and economic leadership, without compromising the integrity of research and teaching which underpin a truly great university. It is one of the larger UK universities with over 24 000 students.

The School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at LJMU teaches more than 1200 students. The lecturing is undertaken by over 50 academic staff and the School is supported by a team of 22 technical and clerical staff. Over 70 research students are working in research areas which include Distributed Multimedia Systems and Security, Neural Computation and Statistics and Applied Artificial Intelligence.

The School has a dedicated Department of Networked Systems and Security with strong expertise within the field of SOA security research. The School also enjoys an international reputation in academic research in a number of other relevant areas, including networked appliances and security generally.

Relevant skills/experience/technologies: LJMU has existing research expertise in the area of secure and dynamic service composition, network security, mobile and context aware identity management and networked appliances amongst others. Previous projects include the EPSRC-funded ‘Secure Component Composition for Personal Ubiquitous Computing’ project, the European-funded SMITA project, and industrial/government collaborations with organisations such as the BBC, Thales, Tubedale, CESG and the Cyber Security KTN. LJMU has extensive experience in service deployment in home environments (networked appliances or ubiquitous computing) and also has growing expertise in SOA for healthcare.

Role in the project: LJMU will be responsible for leading WP3 to develop methods and supporting tools for secure composition of services at design and run time. LJMU will also contribute to WP4 with the development of adaptation techniques for threat response and WP2 in the development of trust algorithms and protocols. LJMU will contribute to the requirements, platform construction and evaluation in relation to these areas. Finally, LJMU is committed to the dissemination process through our role as a research and teaching institution.

Interest in project results: LJMU intends to develop outputs from the initiative as a means for knowledge transfer, to promote opportunities for further research in the area, and through information flow into University courses and the University’s commercial ventures. LJMU has a number of existing tools, frameworks and technologies, as well as research IP that will be extended beyond the project in the longer term. These include the NASUF prototype service deployment and composition middleware platform, the MATTS prototype security composition tool and service visualisation frameworks.

 Key personnel

Professor Madjid Merabti received his BSc, MA and PhD from LancasterUniversity, and has over 20 years experience in conducting research and teaching in Distributed Multimedia Systems (Networks, Operating Systems, and Computer Security). Professor Merabti has over 150 publications in these areas and he leads the Distributed Multimedia Systems and Security Research Group which has a number of government and industry supported research projects in the areas of Network Security, IDS, Multimedia Networking, Secure Component Composition, Differential Services Networking, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networks, Networked Appliances and Sensor Networks. He is collaborating with a number of international colleagues in the area of security, is editor of a number of security journals and chairs several annual international conferences.

Professor Qi Shi received his PhD in Computing from the Dalian University of Technology, P.R. China after which he worked as a Research Associate on the EU ESPRIT Basic Research Project 3092 for the University of York. Professor Shi then joined LJMU where he is currently a Professor in Computer Security. Professor Shi has many years research experience mainly in the areas of composable security theory and models, secure systems development, network intrusion detection, secure communication protocols, and ubiquitous computing security. He has published extensively in international conference proceedings and journals and served on a number of IPCs and journal editorial boards. He has supervised research projects supported by various funding sources, including the EPSRC funded PUCSec project.

Dr David Llewellyn-Jones received his BSc in Maths and Philosophy from Oxford University in 1998 and PhD in Mathematical Logic from Birmingham University in 2002. Now a Research Fellow at LJMU working on projects in computer security, he joined the school as a Research Assistant on the EPSRC-funded PUCSec project developing solutions for software service composition within pervasive computing environments. Dr Llewellyn-Jones is currently working in areas of computer security, including secure component composition, digital rights management, security protocols and network security, and is involved in various projects including the Cyber-Security KTN and Secure Software Development Special Interest Group. He has been awarded a HEFCE Promising Researcher Fellowship for the year 2009-2010.

Dr Bob Askwith received a BSc in Software Engineering in 1996 and PhD degree in 2000 from Liverpool John Moores University. Now a Senior Lecturer at LJMU and head of the Department of Networked Systems and Security, Dr Askwith’s teaching and research interests include Computer and Network Security, User Privacy in Networked Systems, Personal Networking such as Ad Hoc Networks, Networked Appliances and Pervasive Computing. He has been involved in a number of UK and EU projects including EPSRC PUCSec, North West UK Local Government Authority WARP (trusted info sharing e-services), Cyber-Security KTN and SMITA (EU-funded, mobile tourist info). In 2005 Dr Askwith was awarded a HEFCE Promising Researcher Fellowship. He is well published and is currently supervising several research projects in relevant areas.

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