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Dr Theo Tryfonas

Biography

I am Associate Professor of Smart Cities & Urban Innovation 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 maritime safety and port security, public transport resilience, UAV protection, 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 son 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.