Directory of Expertise: Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)

The University of Surrey maintains a grant portfolio of approximately £3m in UKRI funded projects exploring Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT). These projects are all socio-technical in nature, and are contributed to by technical and social science disciplines across the faculties of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS), and Social Science (FASS). The staff involved are listed below alongside their roles.

Academic Staff

Prof. John Collomosse

John leads a portfolio of £2m in UKRI/EPSRC funded projects exploring the fusion of Blockchain and AI across domains of trust and identity (TAPESTRY, EP/N02799X £1.1m), digital healthcare (CoMEHeRe, EP/P03196X/1 £0.4m), and digital records (ARCHANGEL, EP/P03151X £0.5m). He is Principal Investigator on TAPESTRY, ARCHANGEL and Co-investigator of CoMEHeRe.

John is a Professor in Computer Vision within CVSSP and a Visiting Prof. in AI at Adobe Research, Silicon Valley. John is an associate member of the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security. John is a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for ICT and Programme Advisory Board for the UKRI Digital Economy Theme.

Prof. Alan Brown

Alan is Executive Director of CoDE and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Surrey Business School (SBS) where he leads activities in the area of corporate entrepreneurship and open innovation models, focusing on innovation in a number of practical research areas concerning global enterprise software delivery, agile software supply chains, and the investigation of "open commercial" software delivery models. He is CI on EPSRC ConTriVE (EP/N028252) investigating control and trust in digital platforms, and PI of EPSRC CoMEHeRe (EP/P03196X). He was PI for the CoDE contribution to the Hefce-funded 'Innovation Gateway for Connected Digital Economy' project.

Prof. Roger Maull

Roger is a Professor of Management Systems in Surrey Business School and a founder member, with Prof. Alan Brown, of Surrey's Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE). He joined Surrey in October 2014 after 16 years at the University of Exeter where he was Head of Department of Management.

Roger has been an investigator on over £5m of EPSRC funding and currently has three major RCUK research grants: CONTRIVE (EP/N028252), ACCEPT (EP/P011896) and was Co-Investigator on the EPSRC CREDIT Network (EP/N015525) the latter explored the impact of DLT in 4 areas: business models; governance; legal and regulatory issues and privacy and trust.

Dr David Plans

David is both a Lecturer within CODE and CTO of BioBeats with whom the CoMEHeRe project collaborates. David has over 20 years in commercial, operational and technical roles working at both large, complex organisations and smaller, entrepreneurial environment. He completed a Ph.D. in computer science focused on Artificial Intelligence and signal processing in 2008. He was Co-Investigator on EPSRC CREDIT (EP/N015525) investigating cryptocurrency effects in digital transformations.

Prof. Steve Schneider

Steve is Director of the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS) within the Department of Computer Science, and Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise).

Steve is PI of EPSRC VOLT (EP/P031811) and is an expert in formal methods and security verification of trusted systems.

Research Fellows

Dr Phil Godsiff

Phil Godsiff is a Senior Research Fellow at the Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy, (CoDE), part of the Business School at the University of Surrey. He was Co-Investigator on CREDIT (EP/N015525), which examined the nature and practices of crypto currencies. He was a member of the expert panel comprising practitioners and academics which advised Sir Mark Walport, the UK Government Chief Scientific Officer, during his preparation of his report "Distributed Ledger Technology: beyond blockchain" published in January 2016.

Dr Louise Coutts

Louise is a Research Fellow at the Surrey Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP). Louise has extensive experience in medical signal processing and the organisation of patient facing trials of digital technology. Louise is working on machine learning and signal processing for the EPSRC CoMEHeRe project.

Dr Yifan Yang

Yifan is a Research Fellow at the Surrey Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP). Within the TAPESTRY project, he works on temporal pattern analysis using machine learning with multi-modal signals from social network. Prior to that, he received his Ph.D. Degree from Télécom ParisTech (France) in October 2016, supervised by Prof. Isabelle Bloch and Prof. Jamal Atif. His research interests include but not limited to machine learning, image understanding and knowledge representation and reasoning.

Dr Tu Bui

Tu is a Research Fellow at the Surrey Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP). Within the ARCHANGEL project, he works on digital video hashing algorithm which is immutable to transcoding of the original video. This aims to allow video content to be verified across different formats, and detect any tampering or malicious edits. His research interests include but not limited to machine learning techniques to automatically recognise sketch drawn by amateur users and its applications in Content-based Image Retrieval.

Daniel Cooper

Daniel is a Research Software Developer at the Surrey Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP). Working across the DLT projects, he manages the DLT testbed infrastructure, as well as the design and development of software, integrating AI technologies with DLT. As a full-stack developer he has experience developing and managing applications across varying technology stacks.