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 https://theconversation.com/profiles/eerke-boiten-104676/. Recent comment topics have included: health data sharing, Cambridge Analytica, GDPR, ransomware, Google, Facebook, the Right to be Forgotten, surveillance, and encryption.