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Dr Theo Tryfonas

Biography

I am a Reader in Smart Cities with a background in systems engineering, cybersecurity and software development. I teach across our undergraduate programmes of Engineering Design and Civil Engineering and the MSc Computer Science.

In the past I worked in industry as a programmer (Ulysses Systems), consultant and auditor (Ernst & Young) and after becoming an academic I provided on occasion expert witness advice, continuing professional development courses etc. My work has been focused on a diverse range of sectors including transportation, utilities, healthcare and government. I have worked in particular on aspects of marine safety and port security, public transport resilience, protection of UAVs, telecom revenue and system assurance, as well as contributed to investigations of computer-assisted crime.

I graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Crete in Greece. I then moved to Athens to complete my postgraduate studies, first at master's (MSc Information Systems) and then at doctoral level (PhD Informatics). My PhD was sponsored by Ernst & Young, one of the "Big Four" global assurance and advisory firms. I'm a Felow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Chartered Professional Member of the Chartered Institute for IT (MBCS CITP).

In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my daughter Chrissa-Sophia, my little boy Gabriel and my wife Catherine. I am an amateur runner and I also like watching sport, mainly rugby but also cricket, american football and MMA. And for some random reason I am fascinated by church architecture.