Department of Computer Science and Technology

Security Group

Friday meetings

The Security Group meets, in addition to the Tuesday seminars, also for a weekly informal gathering

every Friday, 16:00–17:00,
in room FW11 of the William Gates Building.

There is at present only restricted access to the William Gates Building, due to COVID-19. We meet instead online. The Zoom URL for the meeting is promulgated by email to regular attendees. If you do not have it to hand then it is available by email from richard.clayton AT (or from any other current member of the security group).

Friday meeting of the Security Group in FW11

These meetings are open to the general public and are frequently also attended by undergraduate students, people from Microsoft Research, and others who are interested in security research.

Many Friday meetings are just informal discussions about topics of current interest. We also aim to have at least a few prepared presentations each month, either from a local group member or a visitor. We usually avoid more than two brief (5–12 minutes) presentations or one typical conference talk (20–25 min) per meeting, to leave plenty time for discussion of each.

Examples for typical Friday presentations are

  • brief progress reports about the work of a PhD student,
  • report on a Part II or MPhil project in an advanced stage,
  • summaries of interesting papers or specifications,
  • summaries of the top three presentations at a recently visited conference,
  • presentations of early versions of planned papers,
  • practice talks for upcoming conference presentations,
  • tutorials on an interesting technology or topic,
  • outlook on planned work in one of our projects,
  • introductions from industrial visitors who want to pick our brains,
  • shorter presentations by guests or guest talks when no more Tuesday Security Seminar slots are left.

Every PhD student in the group is strongly encouraged to give one or two brief presentations per term. Communicating ideas and defending them in front of a critical group is an extremely important basic skill and our Friday meetings are an excellent opportunity to train this. Part II and MPhil students supervised by a Security Group member are also encouraged to give a status report of their work after they have completed around 2/3 of their project.

The scheduling of these presentations is currently handled by Markus Kuhn. Please email a title and whether it is a 10 or 20 minute talk at least a day in advance. Richard Clayton manages the security-research mailing list, which includes all the usual attendants of our meetings.

Upcoming talks

Since October 2006, Security Group meeting talks have been announced on the website.

Past Friday presentations