SPRITE+ Newsletter: May 2022
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In this Newsletter:

SPRITE+ exhibits at CYBERUK 2022 as part of the Greater Manchester Cyber Advisory Group

SPRITE+ welcomes interim Project Manager, Alan Munro

SPRITE+ hosts webinar for funded project, 'First RespondXR: Digital vulnerability of immersive training for first responders'

SPRITE+ hosts roundtable with the new National Security Innovation Champion, Paul Killworth

SPRITE+ contributes at SECREV 2022

News and Publications from the SPRITE+ Community

Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Events


Job and PhD Opportunities


Centre for Digital Trust and Society: Summer School (20-24 June 2022) and Anniversary Forum (6 July 2022)

Call for Papers


Contact Details

Subscription Details


Funding Opportunities

UKRI: Knowledge Transfer Partnership, closing date: open call. Read more here.

Horizon Europe: Civil Security for Society, closing date: open call,
total fund: £1.6B. Read more here.

Internet Society Foundation: Research Grant Programme, closing date:
open call, max. award: $200K. Read more here.

EPSRC: discipline-hopping in ICT, closing date: open call, total fund: £1.5M.
Read more here.

UKRI: Pre-announcement - Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships:
rounds two and three, details and closing date: TBC. Read more here.

ESRC: New investigator grant, closing date: open call. Read more here.

ESRC: Working with Luxembourg researchers, closing date: renewed on a rolling basis. Read more here.

EPSRC: Expression of interest: digital health hub pilot scheme, EOI closing date: 28 June 2022. Full proposal closing date: 11 August 2022, 16.00 BST. Read more here.


Upcoming Events

Dstl Searchlight: Supercharging Science 2022: Securing Strategic Advantage through Science and Technology, 7 June 2022, International Convention Centre, Newport. Register here.

University of Manchester, Digital Futures: AI and the Arts: Languages & Linguistics, 11.00-12.00 BST, 7 June 2022, online. Register here.

University of Manchester, Digital Futures: Advances in Data Science and AI Seminar: Una-May O'Reilly, 14.00-15.00 BST, 7 June 2022, online. Register here.

University of Kent: When Cyber Security Meets AI Ethics: What human society will be like by 2030, 12.00-13.45 BST, 8 June 2022, online. Register here.

University of Manchester, Digital Trust and Security Seminar Series: Public Money, Monetary Privacy: Preserving Civil Liberties in the Era of Digital Currency, 16.00-17.00, 8 June 2022, online. Register here.

CybSafe: PeepSec2022, 13-17 June 2022, online. Register here.

University of Manchester, Digital Futures: Humans In The Loop: The Future of Design and Digital Manufacturing, 10.00-12.00 BST, 16 June 2022, online. Register here.

University of Manchester: Advances in Data Science and AI Conference 2022, start and end times TBA, 20-21 June 2022, online. Register here.

IEEE DSC 2022 (5th IEEE Conference on Dependable and Secure Computing), 22-24 June 2022, Edinburgh, UK + Virtual. Register here.

SASIG: Improving collaboration between business and law enforcement, 9.30-15.00 BST, 28 June 2022, Central London. Register here.

RITICS: Logging and Monitoring Workshop, 10.00-16.00 BST, 29 June. Register here.

SASIG: 3rd South West SASIG, 9.30-15.00 BST, 7 July 2022, Chippenham, Wiltshire. Register here.

SASIG: SASIG Healthcare Cybersecurity Symposium 2022, 9.30-15.00 BST, 14 July 2022, Central London. Register here.


Job and PhD Opportunities

2 x PhD Studentships, Institute of Cyber Security for Society, University of Kent. Closing date: 31 May 2022. Read more here.

Lecturer in Cyber Warfare 0.5fte, University of Wolverhampton. Closing date: 1 June 2022. Read more here.

Research Associate - Privacy and Security (Project FAIR), The Alan Turing Institute. Closing date: 5 June 2022. Read more here.

Lecturer in Cyber Security, De Montfort University. Closing date: 5 June 2022. Read more here.

Research Associate: Software/Systems Engineering for Privacy, REPHRAIN. Closing date: 9 June 2022. Read more here.

Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security, Buckinghamshire New University. Closing date: 10 June 2022. Read more here.

Research Fellow in IT Law, University of Edinburgh. Closing date: 14 June 2022. Read more here.

PhD Studentship: Dynamic Risk Assessment for Critical Infrastructures Under Attack, University of Bristol, Closing date: 16 June 2022. Read more here.

Research Fellow in Adaptive Online Safety and Privacy, University of Surrey. Closing date: 19 June 2022. Read more here.

DETAILS TBA: Research Fellow, Financial Computing & Analytics Group, UCL. UCL are seeking an experienced researcher in a broad area including blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, financial technologies, payment systems, cryptocurrencies, central bank digital currencies (CBDC), crypto currencies, and the digital economy. Ad to be released. Will be shared via @SPRITEPlus on Twitter and on SPRITEHub.


Centre for Digital Trust and Society: Summer School (20-24 June 2022) and Anniversary Forum (6 July 2022)

The Centre for Digital Trust and Society is running a Summer School on “Digital Trust and Security in the Post-COVID World: Theory and Research” on 20-24 June, which will be completely online. You can find all details about the Summer School here.

The Centre was launched in 2021 to focus interdisciplinary research expertise at the University of Manchester on the barriers and enablers of trust in digital technologies. One year on, they are also bringing together their 6 research clusters and key partners in the Greater Manchester ecosystem to explore current challenges and opportunities in our region and beyond, and together co-creating an inclusive vision for the Centre’s future. Register for their Anniversary Forum here.


Call for Papers

ICICS 2022: Call for Posters and Demonstrations. Authors are invited to submit their "Already Published Research" contributions in the form of short "Extended Abstracts" that are going to be presented as posters or demonstrations (demos) at the conference. Deadline: 10 June 2022. Read more here.

Tech Science Press: Special Issue "Security, Privacy and Trust Management for IoT-based Blockchain". This Special Issue invites theoretical and applied cutting-edge research on standards, frameworks, models, and approaches for security, privacy, and trust management in the diverse and long list of Internet of Things applications. Deadline: 31 August 2022. Read more here.

Electronics: Special Issue "Security and Privacy in IoT Enabled Modern Applications Using Deep/Machine Learning and Blockchain Technology". We invite authors to submit case studies based on categorizing various security and privacy threats reported in the past few years (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic) in the IoT domain, along with original research papers as well as survey papers. Deadline: 30 September 2022. Read more here.

Journal of Risk and Financial Management: Utilization of Information Technology in Financial Regulation and
Compliance. We invite papers that explore the multitude of ways in
promoting trust in FinTech from both qualitative and
quantitative perspectives. Deadline: 20 November 2022. Read more here.

IT Professional: Special Issue on Security and Data Protection during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond. This special issue seeks novel contributions on the security and data protection concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Deadline: 17 March 2023. Read more here.

Project Athena: Invitation for Industry Partner to participate in Human Factors research at UCL in the field of cybersecurity. Nadine Michaelides is developing a new Insider Threat Assessment Tool (pAth) and welcomes partners interested in understanding psychological factors that may contribute to counter-productive cybersecurity behaviours to test it. Please contact Nadine on nadine.michaelides.20@ucl.ac.uk.


SPRITE+ exhibits at CYBERUK 2022 as part of the Greater Manchester Cyber Advisory Group

SPRITE+ exhibited at CYBERUK 2022, the UK Government’s flagship cyber security event in Newport on 10-11 May. Held over two days, CYBERUK 2022 was an opportunity to connect with people from across the cyber security community, discuss business needs and review the changing threat landscape.

We exhibited alongside other Greater Manchester partners, including the GM Combined Authority, GM Cyber Foundry, University of Manchester Digital Futures, MIDAS and DiSH, showcasing the unique collaborative GM cyber ecosystem. We caught up with several of our Project Partners and made new contacts in industry, government and regulators.

Go to their Youtube channel (linked below) for highlights of the event.


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SPRITE+ welcomes interim Project Manager, Alan Munro

SPRITE+ would like to give a big welcome to Alan Munro, who will be joining us for 3 months as our Project Manager. Alan was Project Manager for the Human Data Interaction NetworkPlus, and brings a wealth of experience in managing interdisciplinary networks. He is covering until a permanent PM can be appointed.

Welcome, Alan!


SPRITE+ hosts webinar for funded project, 'First RespondXR: Digital vulnerability of immersive training for first responders'

On 26 May, SPRITE+ hosted a webinar with the FirstRespondXR team titled 'Digital Vulnerabilities of Immersive Training for Police Forces in England'.

The project examined socio-technical-legal challenges posed by the adoption of Extended Reality (XR), including both virtual and augmented reality, in the training of law enforcement. During the presentation, the team revealed the social, technical, legal, ethical risks and impacts that have been identified throughout an academic scoping review and a legal analysis of existing case law.

Read all about the project, including resources and blog posts, below.


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SPRITE+ hosts roundtable with the new National Security Innovation Champion, Paul Killworth

On 20 May, we hosted a round table for SPRITE+ Expert Fellows and the new National Security Innovation Champion, Paul Killworth. The purpose was to introduce Paul and his role, and for Paul to find out about activity going on in our community. He was particularly keen to hear about what he could do in his role to promote national security-related innovation.

The roundtable provoked an interesting and dynamic discussion, which benefitted Paul and attendees alike. Look out for a blog on this event over on SPRITEHub.


SPRITE+ contributes at SECREV 2022

Colleagues from SPRITE+ and the University of Manchester Centre for Digital Trust and Society delivered two panel sessions at SECREV 2022. The Cybersecurity Revolution (SECREV) is an online event that brings together the cybersecurity research community for a continuous 24 hour livestream lasting a full revolution of the planet.

Find out more about the event below.


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News and Publications from the SPRITE+ Community

Every month we ask SPRITE+ members to share their news with the community. All previous publications from members are available on SPRITEHub.

SPRITE+ funded project team 'First RespondXR: Digital vulnerability of immersive training for first responders' had an article released as part of a CHI workshop they attended. Read the article here.

Rob Solly from our Project Partner Improbable has published a blog titled 'Accelerating synthetic environment creation to support national resilience and security'.

SPRITE+ Member Sotiris Moschoyiannis and team published a paper titled 'The End of Eavesdropping Attacks through the Use of Advanced End to End Encryption Mechanisms'..

SPRITE+ Member Yulia Cherdantseva and her colleagues have recently published a paper titled 'A Configurable Dependency Model of a SCADA System for Goal-Oriented Risk Assessment'.

SPRITE+ Member Mohammad Shojafar and his KCL colleagues who recently published SETTI: A Self-Supervised AdvErsarial Malware DeTection ArchiTecture in an IoT Environment, and CHFL: A Collaborative Hierarchical Federated Intrusion Detection System for Vehicular Networks.

SPRITE+ Expert Fellow Jason R C Nurse and his colleagues recently published a paper titled '“It was hard to find the words”: Using an Autoethnographic Diary Study to Understand the Difficulties of Smart Home Cyber Security Practices'.

SPRITE+ Expert Fellow Jason R C Nurse was an invited Speaker at The Cybersecurity Revolution (SECREV) Conference, covering the topic 'Cyber Security in the Age of COVID-19: A Timeline and Analysis of Cyber-Crime and Cyber-Attacks During the Pandemic'; at the University of Cambridge's Security Seminar Series, on the topic '“You're never left alone:” the use of digital technologies in domestic abuse'.; and at the Infosecurity Magazine Webinar, on the topic 'Reducing Third-Party Identity Risk During the Great Resignation and Beyond'.

SPRITE+ Expert Fellow Xiaochun Cheng has had a series of papers published: Network intrusion detection using ACO-DNN model with DVFS based energy optimization in cloud framework, Wireless Multimedia Sensor Network QoS Bottleneck Alert Mechanism Based on Fuzzy Logic, 'Offline signature verification using deep neural network with application to computer vision', and 'Secure Data Sharing with Flexible Cross-domain Authorization in Autonomous Vehicle Systems'.

SPRITE+ Expert Fellow Charles Weir and team over at the HIPSTER project have been struggling with sense-making from their rather large survey. Read the blog about what they did here.

SPRITE+ Expert Fellow Sandra Scott-Hayward took part in the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Week public discussion as part of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy Polymath Initiative: “Preventing the misuse of emerging technologies: What can be done and what governance system to be put in place?”.

The QUB LINAS team were awarded the Best Teamwork Award in the European edition of the international Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge competition, organised by the Atlantic Council and hosted by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in April 2022. Read more here.

SPRITE+ Expert Fellow Lachlan D. Urquhart is the PI for a new project titled 'Fixing the Future: The Right to Repair and Equal-IoT' starting in August. He has also published two papers, titled 'Policing faces: the present and future of intelligent facial surveillance' and 'In cars (are we really safest of all?): interior sensing and emotional opacity'.


Contact Details

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SPRITE+ Newsletter: May 2022