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Dr Theo Tryfonas

Dr Theo Tryfonas

Dr Theo Tryfonas
BSc(Crete), MSc(Athens), PhD(Athens), MBCS CITP, CISA

Reader in Smart Cities

Area of research

Cybersecurity and Smart Cities

Office 2.22
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 331 5740


I work broadly in the fields of smart cities, cybersecurity, sustainability and systems engineering. My work in smart cities includes energy efficiency of wireless sensor networks, secure and resilient operation of Internet of Things (IoT) applications, privacy in mobile computing, open data architectures for smart buildings, integration of industrial control systems and SCADA with the IoT etc. In general I am interested in how these technologies can be used to deliver a more sustainable future – both in terms of resource efficiency and of operational improvement.

My research in cybersecurity includes applying Systems techniques for information risk management, such as system dynamics and viable system modelling, network analytics and game theory. I have also worked on digital forensics techniques, looking at the extraction and analysis of digital evidence, particularly from emerging technologies such as mobile phones, wireless sensor networks and social media. In addition, I have provided evidence in court as Expert Witness on a number of cases.


I am a Reader in Smart Cities with a background in cybersecurity, systems engineering and software development. I work with the Cryptography Group and the Systems Centre and I am involved in doctoral supervision with the engineering doctorate (EngD) in Systems, as well as with teaching across our Computer Science MSc and the undergraduate programmes of Engineering Design and Civil Engineering. I am also the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies of Queen's School of Engineering.

In the past I worked as a programmer (Ulysses Systems), consultant and auditor (Ernst & Young) and have kept close ties with industry after becoming an academic, providing 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). I'm also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and an academic advocate member of ISACA.

In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my daughter Chrissa-Sophia, my little boy Gabriel and my wife Catherine. I also like sport (a lot), mainly rugby but also many others such as cricket, american football and MMA. And for some random reason I am fascinated by church architectures.


I teach a diverse range of subjects across the Faculty of Engineering. I developed and taught for some years the unit of Systems Security, is postgraduate unit in Computer Science, serving as a broad introduction to computer security. Systems Engineering was part of the EngD in Systems programme looking at how we build, deliver and control complex and usually large-scale engineering systems - anything from computer applications to bridges and space rockets. I still teach Systems & Technologies for Smart Cities which is an introduction of second year Civil and other Engineers to the capabilities of ICTs within the context of urbanisation and future cities.


  • Smart Cities
  • Cybersecurity
  • Internet of Things
  • Systems Engineering

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