UK And Singapore Launch Joint Research Projects In Cyber Security

Singapore’s NRF and the UK’s EPSRC have awarded a total of £2.4 million in research grants to six joint cyber security research projects.

AsianScientist (Dec. 24, 2015) – Six new joint research projects will see United Kingdom (UK) and Singapore-based researchers collaborating to enhance the resilience of systems and infrastructure against cyber attacks.

The UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Singapore’s National Research Foundation today announced the results of a joint £2.4 million (S$5.1 million) research call, made from May to July 2015, which will fund the projects over the next three years. The grant call sought to strengthen knowledge and capabilities in cyber security and foster closer collaboration in cyber security research between the researchers of both countries.

The 22 proposals received were evaluated jointly by cyber security experts of both countries. Six projects are awarded covering research areas in intrusions, data analytics, human factors and sector & applications.

Cyber security is of great importance to the two states as global hubs and open economies. The joint research program implements the joint research and development collaboration element of a memorandum of understanding signed by both governments during UK Prime Minster David Cameron’s visit to Singapore in July 2015.

“The research partnership between British and Singaporean universities will help both of our countries keep pace with the evolving cyber threat. I have no doubt that these projects will produce ground-breaking cyber security research and help protect us from threats online,” said the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General Matt Hancock.

The projects that will be funded under this program are:

  • The University of Oxford and the National University of Singapore will work on security and privacy in smart grid systems: countermeasure and formal verification
  • The University of Kent will work with the National University of Singapore on vulnerability discovery using abduction and interpolation
  • The University of Surrey and Singapore Management University will work on computational modelling and automatic non-intrusive detection of human behavior-based insecurity
  • Imperial College and the National University of Singapore will work on machine learning, robust optimization, and verification: creating synergistic capabilities in cyber security research
  • Imperial College and Singapore University of Technology and Design will work on security by design for interconnected critical infrastructures
  • The University of Southampton and Nanyang Technological University will develop cyber security solutions for smart traffic control systems


Source: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Photo: Yuri Samoilov/Flickr/CC.
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