George Loukas

Dr George Loukas MEng, PhD

Associate Professor in Cyber Security and Head, IoT and Security (ISEC) research group

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Dr George Loukas
MEng, PhD

Associate Professor in Cyber Security and Head, IoT and Security (ISEC) research group

Dr. Loukas is an Associate Professor and Head of the IoT and Security (ISEC) research group, with particular interest in applied and data-driven cyber security and Internet of Things applications. He is P.I. for the EPSRC/CHIST-ERA COCOON project (€277K), coordinating work in emotion-aware cyber threat detection in smart homes, P.I. for the H2020 TRILLION project (€334K) on the secure collaboration of citizens and law enforcement agencies via social networks, and project coordinator for a British Council funded project (£42K) on utilising Blockchain technologies for securing smart services used by Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.

Dr. Loukas has a PhD in Network Security from Imperial College. He is on the editorial board of BCS's The Computer Journal - Section D: Security in Computer Systems and Networks and Elsevier's Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, as well as founding member of the IEEE working group on Internet of Things and Cultural Heritage. Before joining the University of Greenwich he was a government-funded advisor on R&D collaborations in the Defence & Security industry. For details of Dr. Loukas's research, you can visit here.

Responsibilities within the university

University roles

2012-2015: Representative of Early Career Researchers


Supervisor of the Year, 2016, Student-led teaching awards.


  • Editorial Board, Elsevier Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory
  • Editorial Board, BCS Computer Journal
  • Founding member, IEEE working group on Internet of Things and Cultural Heritage

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Internet of Things and Cyber-physical system security
  • Machine learning applications in cyber security
  • Information trustworthiness
  • Human-as-a-Security-Sensor
  • Digital forensics​
  • Network security

Funded Research Projects

  • EU Horizon 2020 EUNOMIA project (2.9M Euro), 2019-2022, project coordinator and technical manager, and UoG P.I. (512,000 Euro)
  • British Council GSIKE blockchain-enhanced "Secure Hajj and Umrah" (42,000 GBP), 2018-2019, overall coordinator and P.I.
  • EPSRC CHIST-ERA Cocoon project (277,000 Euro), 2017-2018, P.I.
  • CHIST-ERA/EPSRC COCOON project (Greenwich: 277,000 euro), 2016-2018, P.I. - A large-scale (1 million euro) project on user-centric security in smart homes, bringing together cyber security with emotions research.
  • HEA: "Cyber Security Engineering MSc Conversion Course" (50,000 GBP), 2016, jointly with Diane Gan and Lachlan MacKinnon
  • REF Competitive: "Crowd-sourcing the Utilization of a Building using Bluetooth Low Energy" (~8,500 GBP), 2015-2016, jointly with Avgoustinos Filippoupolitis
  • REF Formulaic (50,000 GBP), 2015-2019, P.I.
  • EU Horizon 2020 TRILLION project (Greenwich: 335,000 euro), 2015-2018, P.I. - A large-scale (4.3 million euro) project on the effective and secure collaboration between citizens and law enforcement agencies through social networks.
  • UoG Pump Priming 2015: An Internet of Things Living Lab: Building a Testbed for Smart Cities Technologies (14,000 GBP), 2015, jointly with Avgoustinos Filippoupolitis - This research is producing a testbed for the development and evaluation of smart city technologies. It features Bluetooth Low Energy positioning, Internet of Things analytics and interaction with an advanced robot.
  • MoD/dstl 3-year PhD studentship on "Safeguarding Autonomous Vehicles from Cyber Attacks" (117,000 GBP), 2013-2016, jointly with Richard Anthony and Diane Gan. - A Phd project for the real-time detection of and protection against cyber attacks to autonomous vehicles, such as those used in military applications. 
  • VC's 3-year PhD studentship in Cyber-physical security, 2012-2015, P.I. - A cyber-physical system is vulnerable in both the cyber and physical space and especially where the two overlap, as a cyber-attack may cause it to initiate the wrong physical action, inconsistent with system states and goals. This research aims to equip cyber-physical systems with early warning of cyber threats that are not immediately identifiable.
  • EU ISEC 2011: ECENTRE (70,000 euro), 2013-2014, P.I. - As part of a European network of centres of excellence in cybercrime, our role is to develop cyber-profiling mechanisms with application in cybercrime prevention and forensics. The challenge is to profile the human behind a cyber-attack based on real-time data from the network and computer systems involved. Emphasis is placed on botnet attacks. (
  • UoG RIP 2012: Cyber-physical security testbed (7,000 GBP), 2012-2013, P.I. - This research has produced a robotic platform with the necessary sensors, network components and software tools to experiment with cyber-physicals attacks and corresponding defence mechanisms.


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