The Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford has one of the longest-established Computer Science departments in the UK. Formerly known as the Oxford University Computing Laboratory, it is home to a community of world-class research and teaching. Research activities encompass core Computer Science, as well as computational biology, quantum computing, computational linguistics, information systems, software verification and software engineering. The department is home to undergraduates, full-time and part-time Master’s students, and has a strong doctoral programme. More information is available on the department website.
The webinos project is being developed in Oxford by researchers within the department’s systems security group, part of the software engineering theme. The research efforts of the group have three main drivers: the practical application of new security technologies (such as Trusted Computing); exploring and addressing the security needs of emerging computing environments (with distributed healthcare research and delivery being a primary interest); and the investigation of new methods and tools for improving the design process of security and the usability of secure systems. The webinos project serves as an opportunity to experiment with and validate new secure software engineering design techniques and identify new applications of security technologies. The university expects that this project will create new, publishable research results an insights in the field of trustworthy computing infrastructures and usable security and privacy design.