New Professor of Computer and Information Security Appointed

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We are delighted to announce that Professor John Clark, currently of the University of York, will be joining us as our new Professor of Computer and Information Security in April 2017. Professor Clark’s appointment marks the first stage of our ambitious plan for growth in several key areas of computer science. He will establish a new research group in Computer and Information Security, leading recruitment of a further three academic appointments in the area.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Clark said: "Computer based systems play a part in a great many aspects of our lives, from smart metering, through e-commerce and social media, to transport networks and medical implant technology. Home robots are already with us and set to increase in number, and driverless cars are coming on stream in the very near future."

"Providing adequate security for these systems is a huge challenge. I am delighted to be joining Sheffield at such an exciting time for security and the University of Sheffield, and greatly look forward to collaborating with colleagues to address problems that are both intellectually challenging and for which solutions are so very clearly essential for society. We can draw on expertise across many disciplines to engineer solutions to pressing security problems."

Professor Clark has been active in security research since 1997, and is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder. His research interests cover a broad range of topics, with a particular interest in applying heuristic computing and other artificial intelligence techniques to problems in security and software engineering.

Professor Guy Brown, Head of Department, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint such an outstanding academic to this important role. Earlier this week the UK government announced plans to spend £1.9bn on cybersecurity, a good indication of the serious challenges that computer security now presents. Given Sheffield's strength in engineering – including robotics, advanced manufacturing and energy systems, all of which present difficult security problems – we are uniquely placed to make a major contribution to security research. I look forward to working closely with Professor Clark in order to drive our security research agenda forward.”