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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Paul joined Aston University as a senior lecturer in Computer Science in April 2019. After completing a PhD at Lancaster University in 2004 he undertook postdoctoral research positions at both Lancaster University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven where his research focused on complex distributed systems and interoperability. He subsequently joined IT Innovation, an applied research centre in Southampton where he worked as an engineer and project manager on industry-led research projects. There he worked on projects to secure pan-european distributed infrastructures, and develop commercial privacy-as-a-service technologies.

    Research Interests

    Paul's research concentrates on the engineering of complex distributed systems. His research has centered on the development of next generation middleware technologies to automatically handle such problems as interoperability and heterogeneous communication networks. He pioneered early solutions in the field of dynamic interoperability; and received funding under the H2020 FIESTA-IoT project to develop automated interoperability testing of IoT and Cloud systems. His current research focuses on the engineering of secure systems. He has developed privacy modelling solutions of data-centred online services to dynamically identify privacy risks. He is also interested in the development of runtime solutions to perform security and privacy risk assesment and mitigation in deployed systems. 


    • PhD Computing, Lancaster University (2004)
    • MSc Distributed Interactive Systems, Lancaster University (2000)
    • BSc Computer Science, University of York (1999)

    Teaching Activity

    • DC1170 Computer Systems and Networks
    • CS2230 Operating Systems
    • CS1STF Security Thinking and Fundamentals


    • Senior Lecturer, Aston University (April 2019 - present)
    • Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton (April 2018 - March 2019)
    • Senior Research Engineer, IT Innovation Centre (March 2013 - March 2018)
    • Senior Resarch Associate, Lancaster University (February 2008 - February 2013)
    • Scientific Researcher, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (May 2007 - February 2008)
    • Research Associate, Lancaster University (October 2003 - May 2007)

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Lancaster University

    Award Date: 8 Dec 2004

    MSc, Lancaster University

    Award Date: 13 Dec 2000

    BSc, University of York

    Award Date: 16 Jul 1999

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    Research Output

    Pseudonymization risk analysis in distributed systems

    Neumann, G., Grace, P., Burns, D. & Surridge, M., 8 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Internet Services and Applications. 10, 1, 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Experimentation as a service over semantically interoperable Internet of Things testbeds

    Lanza, J., Sanchez, L., Santana, J. R., Agarwal, R., Kefalakis, N., Grace, P., Elsaleh, T., Zhao, M., Tragos, E., Nguyen, H., Cirillo, F., Steinke, R. & Soldatos, J., 17 Sep 2018, In : IEEE Access. 18, 1, p. 51607 - 51625 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Identifying privacy risks in distributed data services: A model-driven approach

    Grace, P., Burns, D., Neumann, G., Pickering, B., Melas, P. & Surridge, M., 23 Jul 2018, Proceedings - 2018 IEEE 38th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2018. IEEE, p. 1513-1518 6 p. (Proceedings - International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems; vol. 2018-July).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • A Reference Architecture for federating IoT infrastructures supporting semantic interoperability

    Carrez, F., Elsaleh, T., Gomez, D., Sanchez, L., Lanza, J. & Grace, P., 13 Jul 2017, EuCNC 2017 - European Conference on Networks and Communications. IEEE, 7980765. (EuCNC 2017 - European Conference on Networks and Communications).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • Towards a model of user-centered privacy preservation

    Grace, P. & Surridge, M., 29 Aug 2017, ARES 2017 - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security. ACM, a91. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series; vol. Part F130521).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution