Local Committee

The local committee is the working force behind this conference, and thanks to their hard work, the conference will be all set up and ensured to run smoothly. They will also be your point of contact in case you have any conference-or website-related questions (contact: decepticon2015 AT gmail.com). 

Ross Anderson, University of Cambridge 

Ross Anderson is professor of security engineering at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His research has spanned a variety of subjects from cryptology and security protocols, through the reliability of real-world security systems, to the economics and psychology of security. He is currently the principal investigator on a research project in the deterrence of deception in socio-technical systems, collaborating with Aldert Vrij, Peter Robinson, Frank Stajano, Michelle Baddeley, Angela Sasse and Jeff Yan on how we can dissuade people from cheating and lying – and what this teaches us about ourselves.


Brian Glass, University College London

Brian Glass is a postdoctoral researcher in the Information Security research group in the Department of Computer Science, University College London. He has a background in Cognitive Psychology with an interest in human learning and behavior in complex and immersive situations. His current research focuses on the deterrence of deception in dynamic and social online environments. For example, he is investigating deceptive behavior in online auction market places in order to understand the feasibility and efficacy of various deterrence methods.


David Modic, University of Cambridge

Dr. David Modic, an economic psychologist, is a research associate at the University of Cambridge's Computer Laboratory; and at King's College, Cambridge. He has been researching social aspects of the Internet (i.e. cybercrime, virtual deviance, intrusions into virtual body) for the past fifteen years. He has been focusing lately on Internet fraud and the psychological mechanisms that enable it.


Jussi Palomäki, Newcastle University

Jussi Palomäki is a postdoctoral research associate at Newcastle University, School of Computing Science. He graduated from the University of Helsinki, where he studied the effects of emotions on decision-making in the game of poker. Currently, he is interested in bluffing in poker, and also tries to find new ways to use poker as a tool to study the psychology of deception. He is also an avid poker enthusiast, having played online poker for more than two million hands.


Sophie Van Der Zee, University of Cambridge

Sophie Van Der Zee is a post-doctoral researcher in the Security Group at the University of Cambridge, with honorary fellowships at King's College, Cambridge and the University of Cumbria. Her research is focused on the use of technology to assist in both the detection and the prevention of deception. For example, Van Der Zee used two full-body motion-capture systems to measure not just how the suspect’s behavior changes when lying, but also how lying affects the interactional dynamics between interviewer and suspect. Currently, she is working on the more fundamental question of why and under which circumstances people lie. By combining knowledge and methodology derived from social & cognitive psychology and behavioral economy she is trying to disentangle which factors contribute to a person’s decision to lie, and if this information can subsequently be used to deter people from lying. 

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