George Danezis

Head of the Information Security Group of the Computer Science department, UCL

I am a Reader in Security and Privacy Engineering (Associate Professor) and head of the Information Security Group of the Computer Science department at University College London.

Research interests: I research computer security, privacy, and in particular anonymous communications, traffic analysis, statistical inference, smart metering and peer-to-peer security. I have a special interest in the application of modern machine learning to security problems, as well as distributed ledgers. You can see my full CV and a short bio.

Group: Within the Information Security group, I currently supervise Jamie Hayes, Raphael Toledo, Ania Piotrowska, Marios Isaakidis and Vasilis Mavroudis. At UCL, I also collaborate with Luca Melis and Sebastian Meiser.

Research positions & PhD supervision: I am an active researcher in computer security and privacy, and always on the lookout for talented post-doctoral researchers and doctoral (PhD) students to join our group at UCL. Interested candidates should email me with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae and a short research statement.

Teaching, thesis and project supervision: I teach two classes for the UCL MSc in Information Security, namely Computer Security I (GA01) and one of the few Privacy Enhancing Technologies (GA17) courses in the world. I am keen to supervise undergraduate or MSc projects on security and privacy, and have some project ideas.

Funding and other activities: My research has been funded by the EU, the EPSRC, MSR, ACE (GCHQ), UCL and the BIJ. I sit on the board of the PET Symposium, and the ACM CCS and IH&MMS steering committees. I am a fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy, and on the advisory board of the Simply Secure Project and Privacy International. I am open to short-term consultancy engagements around computer security and privacy research, or design reviews, through UCL Consultants.


Lower-Cost epsilon-Private Information Retrieval, 2016, arXiv preprint arXiv:1604.00223.

Centrally banked cryptocurrencies, 2015, arXiv preprint arXiv:1505.06895.

Efficient private statistics with succinct sketches, 2015, arXiv preprint arXiv:1508.06110.

HORNET: high-speed onion routing at the network layer, 2015, .