Charles Morisset



I am Lecturer in Security in the School in Computing Science at Newcastle University, in the Secure & Resilient Systems group, where I am part of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. My current research interests mostly focus on formal methods and decision-making for security systems in general, and access control in particular. An up-to-date list of my publications is available on DBLP. I can be reached by email (

I am currently working with David Sanchez on the development of VisABAC, a tool for the visualisation of attribute-based access control policies, and a live demo is available here. I am also working on an Interactive Game for Protocol Analysis, but this is very much work in progress!

I also have an exciting opportunity to do a fully funded PhD studentship, on the topic of Security and resilience of infrastructure systems.

Current and past events for which I am PC member

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  • PST'19: Annual International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust, August 26-28, 2019, Fredericton, NB,Canada
  • DBSec2019: Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy, Charleston, SC, USA, on July 15th - July 17th, 2019.
  • FCS'19: Workshop on Foundations of Computer Security (co-located with CSF'19), June 24, 2019, Hoboken, NJ, USA
  • SACMAT'19: ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies (SACMAT), June 4-6, 2019, Toronto, Canada.
  • WWW'19: The Web Conference, May 13-17, 2019, in San Francisco, USA.
  • DataMod'18: From Data to Models and Back, 25-26 June 2018 in Toulouse, France
  • FCS'18: Workshop on Foundations of Computer Security 2018 (co-located with FLoC), Oxford, July 8, 2018
  • SACMAT'18: ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies (SACMAT), Indianapolis, June 13-15, 2018
  • STM'17: International Workshop on Security and Trust Management, Oslo, Norway - September 14-15, 2017
  • DataMod'17: From Data to Models and Back, 4-5 September 2017 in Trento, Italy.
  • FMCAD'17: Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design, 2-6 October, 2017, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria.
  • PST'17: Privacy, Security, and Trust 2017 - August 28-30, 2017, Calgary, Canada.
  • SPTIoT'17: Security, Privacy and Trust in Internet of Things. In conjunction with IEEE TrustCom-17, August 1-4, 2017, Sydney, Australia
  • ESORICS'17: European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, September 11-13, 2017, Oslo, Norway.
  • SACMAT'17: ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies, June 21-23, 2017, Indianapolis, USA.
  • ESORICS'16: European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, September 26-30, 2016, Heraklion, Greece.
  • DBSec'16: IFIP WG 11.3 Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy July 18-20, 2016, Trento, Italy.
  • SACMAT'16: ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies, June 6-8, 2016, Shanghai, China.
  • HotSpot'16: Hot Issues in Security Principles and Trust, Affiliated with ETAPS 2016. April 3rd, 2016. Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • PST'16: Privacy, Security, and Trust 2017 - August 12-14, 2016, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • STM'15: International Workshop on Security and Trust Management, September 21-22, 2015, Vienna, Austria.
  • QASA'15: International Workshop on Quantitative Aspects of Security Assurance, co-located with ESORICS 2015, Vienna, Austria, 21-25 September, 2015.
  • PST'15: Privacy, Security and Trust, Izmir, Turkey, JULY 21-23, 2015.

I am also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Information Security and Applications.

Project supervision

I'm happy to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate projects on the following topics:

  • Access control: any topic related to VisABAC. This could include for instance extending the language, integrating other visualisation techniques, work on the server, improve performances, conduct a usability study, etc.
  • Security protocols: I'm particularly interested in the simulation of attacks, as illustrated with the Interactive Game for Security Protocols.
  • Security of Smart Buildings: we are conducting extensive research on this topic, and many aspects can be covered. In particular, I'm interested in the problem of cyber-incident simulation/exercise (i.e., simulate an attack against a smart building, and see how the system, the occupants, and the management react to it).
  • Occupancy detection: many sensors can be used to detect occupancy (i.e., knowing if a room is occupied, by how many people, or even knowing if a specific individual is in a room), and I'm interested in supervising projects looking at data collection and analysis, as well as project looking at the ethical and privacy aspects of occupancy detection.

Research projects

  • PI on the Security of Connected Urban Environments, with John Mace, April 2016 - March 2017, supported by Newcastle University.
  • PI on Reliability and cyber-security of future, smart, low carbon electrical networks, with Haris Patsios, Cliff Jones, Razgar Ebrahimy, Zaya Pourmirza, November 2016 - May 2017, supported by HubNet.
  • PI on Visualisation of access control policies, with David Sanchez, December 2016 - January 2017, supported by the National Center for Cyber Security.
  • CoI on the Access Control Live Lab at Newcastle University.
  • CoI on the Cyber Incident Room at Newcastle University.


I am leading the CSC3124 System and Network Security module (undergraduate), and co-leading (with Changyu Dong) the CSC8102 System Security module (postgraduate). All information related to these modules is available on Blackboard (access for Newcastle University students only). I also co-organised the MOOC Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life.

Past affiliations

  • Postdoc at the Security Group of the IIT-CNR, in Pisa, Italy, working with Fabio Martinelli (Feb. 2011 - Jan. 2013),
  • Postdoc at the Information Security Group of Royal Holloway, University of London, with Jason Crampton (Oct. 2009 - Feb. 2011),
  • Postdoc at the International Institute for Software Technology, United Nations University, in Macau S.A.R, China, with Zhiming Liu and Volker Stolz (Oct. 2007 - Oct. 2009),
  • PhD at the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6, in France, with Thérèse Hardin and Mathieu Jaume (Sep. 2004 - Sep. 2007).

Author: Charles

Created: 2019-05-13 Mon 14:36