Professor Alastair Beresford

Prof Alastair Beresford, MA, PhD (Cantab), Director of Studies in Computer Science. Deputy Head of the Department of Computer Science and Technology. Robin Walker Fellow in Computer Science.


I am the Director of Studies for the second-, third- and fourth-year computer science students at Queens’. This means I am responsible for organising supervisions and helping students to fulfil their academic potential. In addition, I supervise first- and second-year courses, so I get to know all students well. In recent years, I have supervised a wide range of subjects including Foundations of Computer Science, Object-Oriented Programming, Operating Systems, Software and Security Engineering, Programming in C, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Graphics and Artificial Intelligence. I also supervise some third- and fourth-year students for their personal or research projects as well as run regular Wednesday afternoon meetings where all the computer science students get together to listen to a talk or take part in a fun practical activity together.


I am Professor of Computer Security in the Department of Computer Science and Technology. My research work examines the security and privacy of large-scale distributed computer systems. Within this broad area, I am currently interested in the security and privacy of networked mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. I examine the security of the devices themselves as well as the security and privacy problems induced by the interaction between mobile devices and cloud-based Internet services. I approach this through the critical evaluation of existing products, by designing and building novel prototype technologies, and by measuring human behaviour. I am one of two Directors of the Centre for Mobile, Wearable Systems and Augmented Intelligence as well as an Investigator at the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre.


I have taught a wide variety of undergraduate courses on programming and software engineering over the last few years, as well as more advanced courses in computer security. In 2014, I was awarded the Pilkington Teaching Prize by the University for excellence and innovation in University teaching. I also lead the development of the tech platform used to deliver the online learning system together with Prof Andrew Rice.

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  • Official Fellow
  • Director of Studies in Computer Science
  • Robin Walker Fellow in Computer Science