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Professor Eerke Boiten

Job: Professor in Cyber Security, Director of Cyber Technology Institute, Associate Head of School

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Research group(s): Cyber Technology Institute

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 207 8511




Personal profile

Eerke Boiten spent the first twenty years of his research career, first in the Netherlands and then in the UK, on mathematics and logic based methods to guarantee and verify the correctness of software. He published over 50 peer reviewed papers on formal methods, including program transformation, viewpoint specification, and refinement in process algebra and state-based systems (e.g. Z). On the latter topic, he authored the monographs “Refinement in Z and Object-Z” (Springer 2004, 2015) and "Refinement: Semantics, Languages and Applications" (Springer 2018) with John Derrick , and organised many conferences and workshops including nine editions of the BCS-FACS Refinement Workshop.

In recent years, he has been applying such techniques in the context of cryptography and security. He led the highly successful UK network on cryptography, security and formal methods CryptoForma. In addressing the broader cyber security research agenda, he also actively engages with other disciplines and external stakeholders. In particular, he has in recent years been a frequent commentator on issues in data security and privacy, including in The Guardian, Le Monde, and frequently in The Conversation, see Recent comment topics have included: health data sharing, Cambridge Analytica, GDPR, ransomware, Google, Facebook, the Right to be Forgotten, surveillance, and encryption.

Research group affiliations

Cyber Technology Institute

Cyber Security Centre

Software Technology Research Laboratory

Publications and outputs 

Recent publications:

Recent press comments:


  • Refinement in Z and Object-Z, with John Derrick, Springer 2004, 2nd edition 2015
  • Integrated Formal Methods 2004, proceedings, with John Derrick and Graeme Smith, LNCS 2999, Springer
  • Mathematics of Program Construction 2002, proceedings, with Bernhard Möller, LNCS 2386


Ir (Twente)

PhD (Nijmegen)

PGCHE (Kent)

Membership of external committees

  • Program committee member for Integrated Formal Methods 2018,
  • “Program committee member for ABZ 2018,
  • EPSRC College member, 2016 (grant reviews since 2002); grant reviews for NWO (Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research)
  • Panel member for Academy of Finland, 2015-2016
  • Program committee Mathematics of Program Construction, 1998-2015, program chair 2002
  • Program chair BCS-FACS Refinement Workshop, 9 editions 2002-2015
  • Steering Committee FOSAD Summer School, 2012-
  • Panel for EAPLS best PhD thesis award, 2010-
  • Committee member of the BCS Formal Aspects of Computing Special Interest Group, 2013-

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of the BCS
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Forthcoming events

Computing Conference (THESAI), London, keynote, 10-12 July 2018

Chair of the FM 2018 Doctoral Symposium, Oxford

Invited talk at Artificial Intelligence Innovation Summit, London, March 2018

Invited talk at World Precision Medicine Congress 2018, May 2018

Current research students

Thomas Reisinger, part-time, DMU

Ugonna Ekwueme, second supervisor, part-time, DMU

Jaime Gaspar, external supervisor, University of Kent

Adham Albakri, external supervisor, University of Kent

Externally funded research grants information



Economical, Psychological and Societal Impact of Ransomware, lead site, principal investigator (£913K total)

£445K (Kent)



H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015, “European Training Network for Cyber Security”, lead for Kent (€3.5M total)

€570K (Kent)



“Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security”




“Cryptoforma 2”, principal investigator




“Cryptoforma: formal methods and cryptography, the next generation of abstractions”, principal investigator




“Research Induction and Training Package at IFM 2004”, principal investigator




“Network: RefineNet”, investigator





“A Constructive Framework for Partial Specification, principal investigator




 “ODP Viewpoints in a Development Framework”, named researcher & investigator


Professional esteem indicators

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Formal Aspects of Computing journal, 2010-
  • External reviewer for Nuffield Bioethics report on Biological and Health Data, 2015
  • External examiner, MSc programmes in Computer Science, University of Sheffield, 2007-2012; MSc programmes in Advanced Computer Science and Security, University of Birmingham 2013-2017
  • Reviewer for many journals and conferences

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