The SSE group works in different research areas across CyberSecurity and Software Engineering: 

  • Software Protection and Reverse Engineering 
  • Risk Management and Security Assessment 
  • Cybercrime and Digital Forensics  
  • Blockchain applications and Smart Contracts 
  • Software Security, Quality and Evolution 
  • Cloud Computing (microservices, cloud migration, cloud security) 
  • Distributed Systems, Internet of Things, Smart Homes 
  • Mobile Apps Security and Privacy   
  • AI for Secure Software Engineering 


Paolo Falcarin was one of the first researchers to use code mobility and a trusted server to create network-based software protections. He led as principal investigator the UEL team in the project ASPIRE (Advanced Software Protection: Integration, Research, Exploitation), a 36 month, 3 million Euro project funded by the EU FP7 programme (UEL quota £390,897), where he worked with six partners across Europe on developing advanced software protections for Android apps against reverse engineering and software piracy. Paolo Falcarin contributed to the ASPIRE open source software toolchain, the first software offering various code protection techniques for free, allowing SMEs to improve their software security without paying the expensive license fees of the current market leaders. The UEL code renewability framework software has also been made publicly available as open-source and it has been tested to implement dynamic updates of crypto code in NAGRA’s video player software for digital TV during the ASPIRE project.  

Ameer al Nemrat's research spans over digital forensics, cybercrime, and malware. Ameer has been invited to present his work across multiple media outlets including BBC, Sky News, and The Times, and at different international events such as the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), and the Portuguese National Security Cabinet. 

Shareeful Islamdeveloped a framework to support the consideration of laws and regulations during the development of secure software systems. In particular, the novelty of the framework is that it enables software developers to correctly elicit security requirements from the appropriate laws and regulations, and to trace these requirements throughout the development stages in order to ensure that the design indeed supports the required laws and regulations. Shareeful Islam developed a Cyber Insurability toolkit prototype under the Cyber Security Academic Start Up Acceleration Programme, Innovate UK: the programme aims to bring the cyber insurance idea into the market. 

Bilyaminu Auwal Romo contributes to a new funded research project using the Blockchain technology in the redistribution of food and other essentials by expanding the donor network available to charitable food distribution networks.  The software solution can be extended to the donation of recyclable materials to other interested organisations (e.g., manufacturers of skincare products using coffee bean oil or coffee grounds in the UK) enabling donor organisations apply for tax deductions using a fail-proof data source.    

The SSE group has research collaborations with other research centres in the UK, such as the UCL-CREST research centre, King’s College London, the University of Brighton, Coventry University, University of Hertfordshire, and the University of Greenwich. 

The SSE group also collaborates with overseas universities, such as University of Verona (Italy), University Ca’ Foscari of Venice (Italy), UniSI Lugano (Switzerland), Ghent University (Belgium), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), University of Cauca (Colombia), SBA Research in Wien (Austria), University of Aegean (Greece), University of Koblenz-Landau, Stuttgart, and Technical University Munich (Germany), University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene (Algeria), Amrita School of Engineering Amritapuri (India) Charles Darwin University (Australia), Aalto University (Finland).  

Moreover, the SSE group collaborates with various industries: NAGRA-Kudelsky (Switzerland), Thales Group (France/Germany), Thingful Ltd (UK), JP Morgan (UK), and Minded Security (Italy).