John Clark is a Professor of Computer and Information Security at the University of Sheffield since April 2017 and leads the Security of Advanced Systems Research Group. Previously he was Professor of Critical Systems at the University of York, having joined academia in 1992 as a Lecturer in Safety Critical Systems. He studied Maths and then Applied Statistics at Oxford, before joining the security division of the software and systems house Logica (where he worked on security evaluation and security R&D).
Professional activities and achievements
- Awarded Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2013.
- ACM/IEEE Automated Software Engineering. Most influential 15 year (-/+1) paper: ASE 1998 - An Automated Framework for Structural Test-Data Generation - Nigel Tracey, John Clark, Keith Mander and John McDermid.
- Winner of Silver Medal and $1000 (Human-Competitive Quantum Fourier Transform Algorithm Using Genetic Programming. Paul Massey, John A Clark and Susan Stepney, 2005) and Bronze Medal and $2000 (Genetic algorithms and solid state NMR pulse sequences. Matthias Bechmann, John Clark, Angelika Sebald, 2013) in GEECO’s Human Competitive Awards open competitions.
- Awarded 9 best paper prizes since 2004.
- External Examiner for 4 undergraduate programmes: King's College London, Sheffield, Brunel, and Imperial College London.
- External Examiner for 4 postgraduate programmes: Newcastle, Open University, Dublin and University College London.
Administrative and Community Roles
- Joins Sheffield in April 2017 as the group leader for new Security of Advanced Systems Research Group
- Previously: Secretary and Chair of various Boards of Examiners, Head of Research, Sciences Rep on Senate, and Head of Department.
- Regular reviewer, panellist, and panel chair for the EPSRC.
His major research interests lie in cybersecurity and software engineering, most notably the use of Artificial Intelligence to these areas. Publications have included work on: threat modelling, security policies, covert channel analysis, cryptographic building blocks, intrusion detection, insider detection, and automated synthesis of security protocols.
Current work addresses the automated discovery of classical cryptanalytic strategies, intrusion detection, and the search for quantum approaches to cryptanalysis via evolutionary computation.
He is particularly interested right now in building up research in the security of robotic and autonomous systems and in the security of advanced manufacturing systems.
- Cybersecurity and Al Skills Development, HEFCE, 02/2018 to 02/2019
- The Birth, Life and Death of Semantic Mutants, EPSRC, 10/2009 to 09/2013, £136,252, as PI
- Using Learning to Support the Development of Embedded Systems, EPSRC, 10/2007 to 09/2011, £379,941, as Co-PI
- System-Smart Intrusion Detection, EPSRC, 09/2007 to 07/2010, £228,258, as PI
- Defending the Weakest Link: Intrusion via Social Engineering, EPSRC, 08/2006 to 01/2010, £189,277, as PI
- SEBASE: Software Engineering By Automated SEarch, EPSRC, 06/2006 to 12/2011, £784,417, as PI
- Formal Methods and Testing (FORTEST), EPSRC, 11/2001 to 04/2005, £63,158, as Co-PI
- SEMINAL: Software Engineering with Metaheuristic Innovative ALgorithms, EPSRC, 06/2000 to 05/2002, £45,763, as Co-PI
- SEMINAL: Software Engineering with Metaheuristic Innovative ALgorithms, EPSRC, 11/1999 to 06/2000, £51,112, as Co-PI
- CONVERSE: A Change-oriented process for Engine Controllers, EPSRC, 10/1997 to 10/2000, £201,963, as Co-PI
- Test Automation for Verification of non-functional properties, EPSRC, 01/1996 to 10/1997, £124,406, as Co-PI
- Anaylis and design synthesis for real-time safety critical systems, EPSRC, 12/1994 to 03/1998, £151,005, as Co-PI