My name is Chris Hicks, I am a research associate working at the Alan Turing Institute under the supervision of Professor Jon Crowcroft. My main research interests include digital identity, security and privacy, with a focus on privacy-enhancing technologies that are suitable for developing-economy countries. Beyond this I maintain an interest in all aspects of applied and theoretical cryptography.

I graduated from the Centre for Cyber Security and Privacy at the University of Birmingham where I was supervised by Professor Flavio Garcia and Dr Tom Chothia. My PhD thesis is focussed on security and cryptographic key management technologies for national-scale, distributed systems. In particular, I proposed and applied privacy-enhancing technologies for Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication. I also studied vehicle immobiliser systems and discovered new implementational and cryptographic vulnerabilities in a widely used immobiliser package.

I want to help solve real-world problems, using whichever tools are most appropriate. I often implement, test and iterate my ideas using Python, C, C++, Java and have a demonstrated interest in incorporating machine learning into my future research.

I am keen to continue to produce impactful research, collaborate and develop new prototypes. If you think I might be a able to help solve an interesting problem, please feel free to get in contact!