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    Automated verification of data protection and privacy principles and requirements.
    Blockchain based collaborative intrusion detection systems.
    GDPR and blockchain
    Secure vehicular communications.
    Security of vehicle cloud computing.
    Adversarial machine learning and computer vision.
    Verified artificial intelligence.


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    Personal profile


    Vinh Thong Ta received the MSc degree in 2008 in computer science/IT security from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE).

    He earned the PhD degree in 2014 in IT security from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE), in the Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security (CrySyS Lab), under the supervision of Dr. Levente Buttyán.

    From February 2014 to January 2015 he worked as postdoctoral researcher at Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), in the group PRIVATICS with Dr. Daniel Le Métayer. At INRIA he investigated possible solutions for privacy by design and accountability problems.

    Between 2015-2021, he worked at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where he held a lecturer (until 2020) and senior lecturer positions, as well as co-founded and was a member of the Laboratory of Security and Forensic Research (SAFeR). He was leader for the cyber security BSc (Hons) and apprenticeship degrees at UCLan main campus.

    He joined the Department of Computer Science at Edge Hill University in 2021, where he is currently senior lecturer in cyber security and leader for the security related programmes.

    His teaching and research interests include Network Security, Cryptography, IT Security Management, Malware Analysis, Penetration Testing, Computer Forensic, Game Theory and Machine Learning in Security.

    He is member of the British Computer Society (BCS) and Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

    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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Education/Academic qualification

    Security , PhD, Automated security verification of ad-hoc network protocols , Budapest University of Technology and Economics

    Award Date: 31 Jan 2014

    Security, MSc, Formal and automated verification of security APIs, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

    Award Date: 30 Jun 2008


    • L Education
    • Q Science
    • T Technology

    Research Centres

    • Data and Complex Systems Research Centre


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