Funded Project: STRIDE
Software production is increasingly being automated, e.g. through DevOps. This project focuses on how software systems can be made more resilient to faults and how organisations can become more resilient to loss of knowledge, by examining the relationship between tools that automate tasks and the work of software developers. The STRIDE (Socio-technical resilience in software development) project brings together and extends the work in SEAD on empirical studies of software developers and on automated software engineering. We are working with Lancaster University to bring a social psychology view to this question, and with the Software Sustainability Institute to include Research Software Engineers. This combination is particularly exciting because of the opportunities it brings both for interdisciplinary working and for far-reaching impact.
EPSRC Adds SAUSE to the SEAD Group!
Our group has been awarded a prestigious Platform Grant on "Secure, Adaptive and Usable Software Engineering" (SAUSE). The grant (£1.3M) will provide strategic financial support for the group over the next 5 years, to sustain and grow the group's research agenda, amplify its research impact, and support early career researchers. Platform grants are made to internationally leading U.K.-based research groups, to ensure their continued leadership in their discipline. The grant will continue and grow the ongoing collaboration with Professor Mark Levine and colleagues in the social psychology group at the University of Exeter.
Yijun Yu and Jane Bromley have been awarded a Royal Society International Exchange programme grant (2019-2021) to work on Forensic 'Big Code' Analytics in Secure Software Engineering. The aim of the project is to investigate the uses of deep neural networks to learn forensic patterns from the artefacts of secure software engineering, such as security bugs and microservices logs. The team will work with the NLP group led by Prof. Xuanjing Huang and SE group led by Prof. Xin Peng at Shanghai Fudan University, China.
Funded Project: The Drone Identity
Yijun Yu with colleagues Bashar Nuseibeh, Blaine Price, Andrea Zisman, and Arosha Bandara have been awarded EU SESAR funding for a new research project investigating forensic-readiness requirements of drones - the Drone Identity project. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with NATS, the UK's national air traffic services provider.
Funded Project: The Internet of Food Things
Andrea Zisman is co-investigator in the EPSRC DE NetworkPlus entitled "The Internet of Food Things". This Network+ is intended to provide digital enhancement of the food supply chain from food manufacturers to end consumers. It includes national and international members of academia, industry, policy advisors, and representatives of consumers.
Our paper entitled Requirements and specifications for adaptive security: concepts and analysis. received the best paper award at SEAMS 2018.
Citizen Forensics: Enabling citizen-police collaborations
EPSRC awards £1M for new research project entitled "Citizen Forensics: Enabling citizen-police collaborations". This project aims to support a new engagement between authorities such as the police and communities in order to better investigate and, in the long-term, reduce potential or actual threats to citizen security, safety and privacy.
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Funded Project: Motivating Jenny to Write Secure Software
Arosha Bandara, Bashar Nuseibeh, Helen Sharp and Thein Tun have been awarded £500K by The National Cyber Security Centre for a two year project entitled "Motivating Jenny to Write Secure Software". The project and the investigators will also be part of RISCS - The Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security.
Funded Project: Why Johnny doesn't write secure software?
EPSRC awards £1M for new research project entitled "Why Johnny doesn't write secure software? Secure software development by the masses". This project aims to develop a deep foundational understanding of the way in which software developers make cyber security decisions during the creation of new products.