Is Engineering Significant Difference the Key to Enhanced Cybersecurity?

A lively conversation about whether “Engineering Significant Difference” is the key to enhanced cybersecurity.


Peter Davies, Security Expert operating at the convergence of Safety and Security.
An honorary Fellow with Imperial College’s Institute for Security Science & Technology and chair of the AESIN Security Workstream. He is a leading expert on Countering Cyber Attacks targeted Supply Chain infiltration and Cyber Physical Attacks. He has led the Cyber Security aspects of 3 C-CAV research activities and has 30+ years of verifying security systems in hardware and software. Peter likes to say that he does security where it can’t afford to fail. 

Professor Kerstin Eder, University of Bristol, who researches research specification, verification and analysis techniques, allowing engineers to design a system and verify/explore its behaviour in terms of functional correctness, safety, performance, power consumption and energy efficiency. Her work includes both formal methods and traditional simulation-based approaches. She has a strong background in computational logic, especially formal verification, declarative programming languages and their implentation, abstract machines, compilation techniques and meta programming.

Dr Weiqiang Liu is currently a full Professor and the Vice Dean of College of Electronic and Information Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), Nanjing, China. He received the B.Sc. degree in Information Engineering from NUAA and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), Belfast, United Kingdom, in 2006 and 2012, respectively.

Dr Daniel Page is currently a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol. His current research focuses on challenges in cryptographic engineering, the implementation (in hardware and/or software) of and implementation attacks (relating to both side-channel and fault attacks) on cryptographic primitives and arithmetic in particular. 

Dr. Chongyan Gu is a Lecturer in the School of Electronic Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) at Queen’s University Belfast, and a member of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) within Queen’s Global Research Institute of Electronics, Communications & Information Technology (ECIT). Her research focuses on developing advanced hardware security methodologies for enhancing the robustness, reliability, resource efficiency and resilience of hardware devices. 

PhD Studentship Opportunities at Queen’s University Belfast

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast is seeking motivated PhD students to work on the following research topics:

For further information and how to apply, please visit the QUB website for PhD study

Automotive Cyber Resilience: Operationalizing, Standards and Research

Presenting the work of AESIN and the UK Automotive Council and Zenzic, supported by Queens University Belfast, University of South Wales, University of Edinburgh and the Turing Institute and with further support from BSI, this series of workshops is designed to:

  • Present and discuss the limitations with existing standards in meeting the requirements of the Automotive and other mobility industries worldwide
  • Present the methodology proposed by AESIN, UK Automotive Council and Zenzic to achieve operationalizable and legally sustainable cyber resilience
  • In the context of that methodology set out the research agenda and give examples of applying the outcomes of existing and potential research in support of the methodology

There are 4 workshops which are each limited to 50 attendees. At each site a different academic partner will highlight examples of applying the outcomes of existing and potential research in different areas in support of the methodology.

The workshops will be held at:

4th Dec 2019 – ECIT, Queen’s University of Belfast, Queen’s Road, Queen’s Island, Belfast, BT3 9DT. QUB are the academic partner and will use research examples from hardware. Click here for tickets

11th Dec 2019 – University of South Wales Conference Centre, CF37 1DL UoSW are the academic partner and will use research examples from Forensics. Click here for tickets

8th Jan 2020 – NXP, Colvilles Road, Glasgow G75 0TG. University of Edinburgh are the academic partner and will use research examples from Modelling. Click here for tickets

15th Jan 2020 – Plexal, 14 East Bay Lane, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3BS. The Turing Institute are the academic partner and will use research examples from mathematics and probability. Click here for tickets

Who should attend?

This event is designed specifically for researchers with an interest in automotive cyber resilience and the application of security and other research outcomes, including PhD and other research students and their supervisors, early career researchers, representatives from industry, government and other defence and security-relevant NGOs.

For further information please refer to the below guide.