About C-MRiC

The Cyber Science Conference is the flagship event of the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research, Innovation and Collaboration (C-MRiC), a multidisciplinary conference focusing on pioneering research and innovation in Cyber Situational Awareness, Social Media, Cyber Security and Cyber Incident Response. It is an IEEE technically co-sponsored conference. Cyber Science aims to encourage participation and promotion of collaborative scientific, industrial and academic inter-workings among individual researchers, practitioners, members of existing associations, academia, standardisation bodies, and government departments and agencies. The purpose is to build bridges between academia and industry, and to encourage interplay of different cultures. Cyber Science invites researchers and industry practitioners to submit papers that encompass principles, analysis, design, methods and applications. It is an annual conference with the aim that it will be held in the future at various cities in different countries.

Cyber Science as a multidisciplinary is now considered a mainstream and notable conference, first, for its quality, second, for its uniqueness, and finally, for its structure, contribution, and originality; something existing mainstream conferences do not normally possess. A testament to the significant interest Cyber Science has thus so far gained.

In 2015, the first Cyber Science conference was held on June 8-9, 2015, at the Hotel Russell in Central London, UK. The conference was opened by the IEEE UK and Ireland Computer Society Chair, Professor Frank Wang, and featured 4 keynote speakers from academia, government and industry.

In 2016, the second episode of the Cyber Science conference was held on June 13-14, 2016, at the Holiday Inn in Mayfair London, London, UK. The conference was opened by the Chair, IEEE UK and Ireland, Professor Ali Hessami, and featured six keynote speakers from academia, government and industry.

In 2017, the third episode of the Cyber Science conference, in partnership with Abertay University, was held on June 19-20, 2017, at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London, UK. The conference was opened by the Secretary, IEEE UK and Ireland, Dr Cyril Onwubiko, and featured eight keynote speakers from academia, government and industry.

In 2018, the fourth episode of the Cyber Science conference, in partnership with Abertay University and University of Oxford, was held on June 11-12, 2018 at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland. The conference was opened by the Minister for Public Health, Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Member of the Scottish Parliament, Mr Michael Matheson, MSP, and featured six keynote speakers from academia, government and industry. At the conference, a Workshop organised by the Computer Science Department, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, on Cyber Insurance and Risk Controls (CIRC 2018) was co-located with the CyberSA 2018 conference.

In 2019, the fifth episode of the Cyber Science conference, in partnership with the University of Oxford, University of Derby and SINTEF Digital, Norway, was held on June 3-4, 2019, at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, Wolfson Building Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QD, United Kingdom. The conference was opened by the Chair of the IEEE UK and Ireland Section, Professor Mike Hinchey. A workshop organised by the Computer Science Department, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, on Cyber Insurance and Risk Controls (CIRC 2019) was co-located with the CyberSA 2019 conference, while a workshop organised by SINTEF Digital on Secure Software Engineering in DevOps and Agile Development (SecSE 2019) was co-located with the Cyber Security 2019 conference.

In 2020, the sixth episode of the Cyber Science conference, in partnership with the Dublin City University was held online (virtual) June 15-19, 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, as the conference was initially planned to be held at the Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland. The conference was opened by Dr Cyril Onwubiko, the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Speaker. At the conference, a Workshop organised by the Computer Science Department, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, on Cyber Insurance and Risk Controls (CIRC 2020) was co-located with the CyberSA 2020 conference.

In 2021, the seventh episode of the Cyber Science conference, in partnership with the Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland was held online (virtual) June 14-18, 2021 again due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference was officially opened through a welcome address delivered by the President of Dublin City University, Professor Daire Keogh.

Notable keynote and industry panel speakers from industry, academia and government spoke at the 5-day virtual event:

1. Professor Ross Anderson – Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University, UK

2. Professor Donna O’Shea – Professor of Cybersecurity and Chair of Cybersecurity at Munster Technological University (MTU), Ireland

3. Dr. Hongmei He – Senior lecturer in the Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IAI), School of Computer Science and Informatics at De Montfort University, UK

4. Dr. Ramesh Ramadoss – Technical Director, InterWork Alliance & Co-chair of the IEEE Blockchain Initiative

5. Professor Aunshul Rege – Women in Technology Fireside Chat / Panel Session

6. Dr. Phil Legg – Associate Professor in Cyber Security & Programme Leader for MSc Cyber Security, West of England (UWE Bristol), UK

7. Dr. Annabel Latham – Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK & Chair of the IEEE UK & Ireland Women in Engineering Affinity Group

8. Professor Martin Gilje Jaatun – Senior Scientist at SINTEF Digital in Trondheim, Norway & Adjunct Professor at the University of Stavanger

9. Dr. Eliana Stavrou – Assistant Professor and the Course Leader in MSc Cybersecurity, University of Central Lancashire Cyprus

These internationally recognised domain experts in Cyber Situational Awareness, Cyber Security, Economics of Security, Security Engineering and Cyber Security Education spoke on a vast array of timely, topical, and emerging topics including:

· Fireside Chat covering – Blockchain, Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

· Future Network Security

· Good or Bad Web Crawlers? Malicious Web Crawler Detection

· Challenges and Opportunities: Towards A Balanced, Diverse Technical Workforce – IEEE Women in Engineering

· Advancing cyber security education in a post COVID world

· The Blockchain Evolution, Ecosystem, and Landscape

· Women in Technology Panel Session and Fireside Chat

· Secure Use of Cloud Computing for Critical Infrastructures

· Rewire Cybersecurity Education – Improving Cyber Resilience through an Organisation-wide Cyber Situational Awareness Culture

The 5-day virtual conference featured several themes to encourage diversity, inclusion, and multidisciplinary participation such as:

1. CyberSA for Trustworthy and Transparent Artificial Intelligence (AI)

2. Advancing Cyber Security Education in a post-COVID World

3. Coexisting Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain Applications

4. Cyber Resilience as Code

5. AI-enabled Social Media Innovative Information Operation

The 8th edition of the Cyber Science conference will take place in the cultural city of Cardiff, Wales, at Cardiff School of Technologies (CST), Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales on June 20-21, 2022.