Security research theme

The Security theme comprises both Cyber/Network Security, and Private/Public Place Security, which includes visual surveillance, crowd analysis and emergency communication for disaster relief. This research has supported police, security, and safety services through collaborations in many funded projects.

Building on these cybersecurity activities and collaboration with the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Kingston University established the Academic Centre of Cybersecurity Education and Culture. The centre specialises in providing intelligence for live threats using state-of-the-art technology and strategies to combat cybercrime. It offers research in physical, network & cybersecurity, a GCHQ Masters qualification, and partnerships with the Home Office, the security industry, and communities.

Theme Leader

Recent research projects

Recent research projects include:

Defence against security attacksDefence against Security Attacks on Smart Grid (Pfluegel and Nebel).

The design of a generic security game revealed the existence of several Nash Equilibrium strategies that the utility company may employ for the allocation of their defence resources. It was published in the International Journal of Information Security (2020).



Design implementation evaluationDesign, implementation, and evaluation of the next generation communication network concept for Public Protection and Disaster Relief agencies (G.C., Politis and Pfluegel).

Supported by network operators and industry, it provides security, privacy, seamless mobility, quality of service, and reliability support for mission-critical Private Mobile Radio voice and broadband data services. This work was published in IEEE Wireless Communications (2019).


Intelligent computer visionIntelligent computer vision improving security in crowded public events (Remagnino)

See "Impact case studies" below.

Associated Research Groups

Impact case studies

Intelligent computer vision improving security in crowded public events and agricultural practice on farms (submitted at REF2021)

Research into computer vision and visual surveillance conducted by Remagnino and ROVIT have improved the welfare and economic prosperity of citizens across Europe by:

  • establishing safety and security benefits in large public events through the deployment of the ‘MONICA' platform for Internet-of-Things-enabled crowd analysis in five European countries, with over 140,000 end-users
  • harnessing 5G to provide welfare improvement and cost savings to farmers through improvements to agricultural data analysis using drones, time-saving measures, reducing medical costs, and increasing crop yields
  • bringing industrial benefits and strategic redirection to VCA Technology Ltd
  • driving forward drone operations with Blue Bear Research Systems.

Economic benefits from sales of people-tracking and crowd-monitoring technology (submitted at REF2014)

Research at Kingston University into methods for tracking pedestrians and monitoring crowds using computer vision techniques has been translated into commercial products by Ipsotek Ltd and BAe Systems, resulting in economic benefits to these companies from sales of these products.

These products have been sold to high-profile customers including the London Eye, the O2 Arena and the Australian Government, providing significant commercial benefits, employment and growth for both companies, as well as providing an economic impact for these customers.

Further information about this impact case study (PDF).