Jat Singh

Research Fellow
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge

js573 @ cam.ac.uk


I'm an EPSRC Research Fellow at the Dept. Computer Science & Technology (Computer Laboratory), University of Cambridge.

My research concerns the technical and legal aspects of systems. My core interests span areas including security, privacy, management and audit, typically in the context of cloud and distributed environments (Internet of Things). I am also interested tech-enabled art and interactive experiences.

I'm building the Compliant and Accountable Systems research group to work towards better aligning technology with legal concerns, and vice-versa. Taking an interdisciplinary (tech-legal) approach, we tackle issues of governance, control, agency, accountability and trust regarding emerging technology. I also co-chair the Cambridge Trust & Technology Initiative, which drives research exploring the dynamics of trust and distrust in relation to internet technologies, society and power.

I am active in tech-policy discussions, which has me involved various advisory and outreach initiatives.

I undertook my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, and have previously studied some law. I have worked for large and small IT service companies, ran a medical IT startup, and provide consulting services. Much of my commercial experience concerned health and judicial applications, areas with strong governance requirements.

I am originally from Australia, which is far, far away from Cambridge. Thankfully I enjoy travel!

Research projects
  • Realising Accountable Intelligent Systems (RAInS)
    Exploring issues of accountability, particularly relating to audit, in intelligent systems (AI/ML driven environments). A collaboration with the Universities of Aberdeen and Oxford.
  • Towards a legally-compliant Internet of Things
    Investigating means for addressing compliance and accountability issues in the Internet of Things (pervasive computing). The initial focus is on data flow management (control/audit).
  • Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre (MCCRC)
    A collaborative project with the QMUL Centre for Commercial Law Studies to perform a tech-legal analysis of issues at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and law. For details see here.
  • Compliance: Perspectives from innovative SMEs
    Exploring the commercial angle to data protection (GDPR) and compliance, in collaboration with the Digital Catapult Centre.
Previous projects
  • Ethics & governance of ML and autonomous systems in the digital society
    An exploratory seed grant on the societal impacts of emerging systems, working with colleagues from Sociology, Digital Humanities and Public Health.
  • People v Bots: Detecting social media manipulation in the developing world
    A GCRF project using machine learning to detect and indicate cases of social media being used for purposes of political manipulation in developing countries.
  • Managing everyThing
    Concerned the development of an IoT management (command-and-control) infrastructure. This was used to enhance public spaces and indicate to the public the IoT’s potential, and highlight issues of agency and control. Outputs were demonstrated at the Science Museum.
  • CloudSafetyNet
    A collaboration with Imperial College investigating the means for governing data flow, end-to-end within cloud services. A high-level project overview can be found here.
  • PAL: Personal Assisted Living
    Academic-industrial collaboration on infrastructure for enabling next-generation healthcare and assisted living services.
  • CareGrid
    A collaboration with Imperial College on policy-driven infrastructure for managing trust, security and privacy in healthcare. See here for an overview.

A list of my publications is available here.

Selected activities


I am interested in supervising student projects in a range of topics: security, legal aspects, distributed/mobile systems/IoT, digital art & interactive environments, etc. Some (slightly dated) suggestions are here. The best way forward is to chat - do get in contact!

I supervise various tripos courses. If I'm your assigned supervisor, I will be in contact at the start of term. For those taking Economics, Law & Ethics, in addition to the suggested materials I suggest looking at Lessig's Code - the discussion on regulating behaviour sets a good frame of mind. Also, see anything from Schneier.