• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    1. Adaptive Security for the Internet of Things. 2. Threat Intelligence Informed Dynamic Risk Analysis.

    Personal profile


    Paul joined Aston University as a senior lecturer in Computer Science in April 2019. After completing a PhD at Lancaster University in 2004 he undertook postdoctoral research positions at both Lancaster University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven where his research focused on complex distributed systems and interoperability. He subsequently joined IT Innovation, an applied research centre in Southampton where he worked as an engineer and project manager on industry-led research projects. There he worked on projects to secure pan-european distributed infrastructures, and develop commercial privacy-as-a-service technologies.

    Research Interests

    Paul's research concentrates on the engineering of complex distributed systems. His research has centered on the development of next generation middleware technologies to automatically handle such problems as interoperability and heterogeneous communication networks. He pioneered early solutions in the field of dynamic interoperability; and received funding under the H2020 FIESTA-IoT project to develop automated interoperability testing of IoT and Cloud systems. His current research focuses on the engineering of secure systems. He has developed privacy modelling solutions of data-centred online services to dynamically identify privacy risks. He is also interested in the development of runtime solutions to perform security and privacy risk assesment and mitigation in deployed systems. 


    • PhD Computing, Lancaster University (2004)
    • MSc Distributed Interactive Systems, Lancaster University (2000)
    • BSc Computer Science, University of York (1999)

    Teaching Activity

    Current teaching:

    • CS1STF Security Thinking and Fundamentals
    • CS3CCL Cyber Crime, Cyber Law and Privacy
    • CS3RMP Security Governance, Risk Management and Policy

    Previous teaching:

    • CS2SNS Secure Network Services
    • CS2OS Operating Systems
    • DC1170 Computer Systems and Networks


    • Senior Lecturer, Aston University (April 2019 - present)
    • Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton (April 2018 - March 2019)
    • Senior Research Engineer, IT Innovation Centre (March 2013 - March 2018)
    • Senior Resarch Associate, Lancaster University (February 2008 - February 2013)
    • Scientific Researcher, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (May 2007 - February 2008)
    • Research Associate, Lancaster University (October 2003 - May 2007)

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Distributed Systems, Lancaster University

    Award Date: 8 Dec 2004

    MSc, Distributed Interactive Systems, Lancaster University

    Award Date: 13 Dec 2000

    BSc, Computer Science, University of York

    Award Date: 16 Jul 1999


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