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Prof Angela Sasse
Malet Place Engineering Building
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  • Professor of Human Centred Technology
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Read psychology in Germany. Holds an M.Sc. in Occupational Psychology from Sheffield University, and a PhD in Computer Science (on Users' Models) from the University of Birmingham. Worked as a Human Factors Specialist for Philips Corporate Industrial Design in 1990. Started as Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at UCL in November 1990. Since May 2017, she is the Professor of Human-Centred Security at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, but still retains an appointment at UCL and works on the RISCS project Cyber Resilience for Boards.

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Research interests: security, privacy, identity and trust, which I study from a human factors, organisational, and societal perspective

A usability researcher by training, Prof. Sasse started investigating the causes and effects of usability issues with security mechanisms in 1996.  In addition to studying specific mechanisms such as passwords, biometrics, and access control, her research group has developed human-centred frameworks that explain the role of security, privacy, identity and trust in human interactions with technology.  She was part of a number of multi-disciplinary projects, working with economists, mathematicians and crime scientists.  She was the Founding Director of the UK Research Institute for Science of Cyber Security (RISCS) from 2012-2017 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2015.

Teaching Summary

Currently no teaching. Developed People and Security (GA10) and taught until 2016/17 (now taught by Dr Simon Parking. Co-developed the SECReT Doctoral Training Centre course Security Research Ethics with Dr Caroline Wardle.

01-OCT-2003 Professor of Human-Centred Technology Computer Science UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1990   Doctor of Philosophy University of Birmingham
1986   Master of Science University of Sheffield
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