Head of the School of Mathematics and Information Security
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Professor Keith Mayes: (Ph.D., B.Sc., CEng, FIET, MCIIS) received his BSc (1st Class Hons) in Electronic Engineering in 1983 from the University of Bath and his PhD in Digital Image Processing in 1987. He is an active researcher/author with over 150 publications in conferences, books and journals as well as being a named inventor on several patents. His interests include the design of smart cards/RFIDs, NFC, mobile phones, secure protocols, communications architectures, IoT, security tokens and sensors, drones and robotics as well as associated attacks/countermeasures. He has extensive industry experience having worked for Pye TVT, Honeywell Aerospace and Defence, Racal Research/Messenger and Vodafone UK, Europe and Global. In 2002, Keith left Vodafone to founds Crisp Telecom Limited (www.crisptele.com) and to join the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway University of London as the Founder Director of its Smart Card Centre. He is a Professor of information security, the former Director of the Transformative Digital Technologies, Security and Society research catalyst, and was formerly the Director of the ISG and Head of the School of Mathematics and Information Security. Keith is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security, a former Member of the Licensing Executives Society and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (JTAER). He is ex-Chairman and Board Member of the International Cyber Security Center of Excellence (INCS-CoE). He was instrumental in the formation of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group in Cyber Security, and is part of the secretariat. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a Guest Professor at Keio University in Japan, and a mentor for the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA). He has had company director experience, including a London stock market listed company and an American communications company. Specialties: Mobile communications, smart cards, RFIDS, NFC, security evaluation, prototyping, training, trials, testing, due-diligence, intellectual property/licensing and drones.