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Dr Vinh-Thong Ta

Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology and Computer Science

He published numerous scientific papers and worked in several projects on the security and privacy problems of vehicular communications, smart traffic control systems, and privacy by design. He is also author and creator of several software tools, e.g. DataProVe: A Data Protection Policy and System Architecture Verification Tool (available on GitHub:

He joined UCLan in 2015 where he currently holds a senior lecturer position in the School of Psychology and Computer Science, as well as co-founded and member of the Laboratory of Security and Forensic Research (SAFeR) in the School. He became leader for the cyber security BSc (Hons) and apprenticeship programmes at UCLan main campus (Preston) since September 2019.

Dr. Vinh Ta received his MSc degree in 2008 and earned the PhD degree in 2014 in the Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security (CrySyS Lab), which is famous for discovering and investigating high profile malwares such as DuQu, Flame, MiniDuke, etc.

Before joining UCLan he worked as a researcher at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA), in the group PRIVATICS (the team behind the design of the French StopCovid national contact tracing app). At INRIA he investigated possible solutions for privacy by design, data protection and accountability problems (mainly worked on privacy preserving infrastructure/framework for surveillance).

His teaching and research interest include privacy by design, data protection, network security, malware analysis, computer forensic, game theory and machine learning in security and privacy.
With more than 12 years R&D experience in security, privacy, and trust areas, he worked actively in several EU projects (e.g., Secure Vehicular Communications (SeVeCom EU FP6), Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks for Critical Infrastructure Protection (WSAN4CIP EU FP7), Cyclic and Person-Centric Health Management (CHIRON, EU ARTEMIS), and PrivAcy pReserving Infrastructure for Surveillance, (PARIS, EU FP7), Air Quality Sensor Network at School for Education Purposes (AirSenSei)) on trust and privacy in vehicular networks, critical infrastructure, and health-care management.

He published numerous academic papers in the field of security and privacy by design, including journal papers at Elsevier Vehicular Communications (impact factor ~4.7) and IEEE Communications Magazine (impact factor ~11).

He has been programme committee member of several international conferences, and reviewer for numerous journals and conferences (including IEEE Access, IEEE Infocom, Elsevier COSE, NDSS symposium).

  • PhD in network security, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, 2014
  • MSc in IT security, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, 2008
  • Cyber security
  • Privacy
  • Personal data protection
  • British Computer Society Membership
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy