Dr Isabel Wagner

Job: Associate Professor in Computer Science (Cybersecurity)

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Research group(s): Cyber Technology Institute (CTI) (Software Technology Research Laboratory (STRL), Cyber Security Centre (CSC))

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

T: +44 (0) 116 207 8576

E: Isabel.wagner@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://research.isabel-wagner.net


Personal profile

Isabel Wagner is an Associate Professor in Computer Science (Cybersecurity) at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Dr. Wagner received her Ph.D in engineering (Dr.-Ing.) and M.Sc. in computer science (Dipl.-Inf. Univ.) from the Department of Computer Science, University of Erlangen in 2010 and 2005, respectively. In 2011 she was a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow in the research group of Prof. Masayuki Murata at the University of Osaka, Japan. She is a Senior Member of the ACM (2017) and IEEE (2018).

Her research activities are focused on questions regarding privacy and privacy-enhancing technologies, particularly on metrics to quantify the effectiveness of privacy protection mechanisms, as well as on privacy-enhancing technologies in smart cities, genomics, vehicular networks, and smart grids. She is also interested in experimental methods to study corporate surveillance.

Key research outputs

Please see http://research.isabel-wagner.net for my complete list of publications.

  • Yuchen Zhao and Isabel Wagner, "Using Metrics Suites to Improve the Measurement of Privacy in Graphs," IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, 2020
  • Fenia Ferra, Isabel Wagner, Eerke Boiten, Lee Hadlington, Ismini Psychoula and Richard Snape, "Challenges in Assessing Privacy Impact: Tales from the Front Lines," Security and Privacy, vol. 3 (2), pp. e101, 2020
  • Yuchen Zhao and Isabel Wagner, "On the Strength of Privacy Metrics for Vehicular Communication," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2018.
  • Isabel Wagner and David Eckhoff, "Technical Privacy Metrics: A Systematic Survey," ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), vol. 51 (3), pp. 57:1-57:38, June 2018.
  • David Eckhoff and Isabel Wagner, "Privacy in the Smart City -- Applications, Technologies, Challenges and Solutions," IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, vol. 20 (1), pp. 489-516, First Quarter 2018.
  • Isabel Wagner, "Evaluating the Strength of Genomic Privacy Metrics," ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security, vol. 20 (1), pp. Article 2, January 2017.
  • Isabel Wagner, "Gender and Performance in Computer Science," ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE), vol. 16 (3), pp. Article No. 11, May 2016.
  • Isabel Dietrich and Falko Dressler, “On the Lifetime of Wireless Sensor Networks,” ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN), vol. 5 (1), pp. 1-39, February 2009.

Research interests/expertise

Privacy-enhancing technologies, transparency, privacy metrics, privacy in genomics, social media, vehicular networks, smart grids, and smart cities.

Courses taught


  • Linux Security
  • Host and Network Security
  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Practice

In previous years:

  • Computer Systems
  • Elements of Computing
  • Advanced Research Topics in Cyber Security

Honours and awards

Heidelberg Laureate Forum, attendance and travel grant, September 2013

Membership of external committees


  • Program co-chair International Workshop on Privacy Engineering (IWPE 2020)
  • TPC IEEE Infocom 2020
  • TPC IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 2020
  • International Workshop on Data Privacy Management (DPM 2020), in conjunction with ESORICS


  • TPC IEEE Infocom 2019
  • TPC IEEE Local Computer Networks (LCN) 2019
  • TPC IEEE IPCCC 2020 (International Performance Computing and Communications Conference)
  • IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference 2019 (VNC)
  • International Workshop on Data Privacy Management (DPM 2019), in conjunction with ESORICS


  • TPC IEEE Infocom 2018
  • TPC IEEE Local Computer Networks (LCN) 2018
  • TPC IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Fall)
  • TPC IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 2018
  • TPC IEEE Cyber Science and Technology Congress (CyberSciTech), 2018


  • TPC IEEE Infocom 2017, distinguished member of the TPC
  • TPC Workshop on Security and Privacy in Cyber-Physical Systems (SPCPS) at 3rd IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics (CYBCONF 2017)


  • TPC IEEE LCN 2016 (Local Computer Networks)
  • TPC ACM MSWiM 2016 (Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems)


  • TPC IEEE LCN 2015 (Local Computer Networks)
  • TPC ACM MSWiM 2015 (Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems)


  • TPC ACM MSWiM 2014 

2011 and before

  • TPC ACM/ICST OMNeT++ 2011 (4th International OMNeT++ Developers Workshop)
  • TPC ACM/ICST OMNeT++ 2010
  • TPC GI/ITG Workshop on Energy-aware Systems and Methods 2010
  • TPC ACM/ICST OMNeT++ 2009
  • TPC ACM/ICST OMNeT++ 2008

Membership of professional associations and societies

ACM, Senior Member (2017)

IEEE, Senior Member (2018)

Professional licences and certificates

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Externally funded research grants information

National Research Foundation Singapore, "Managing the Privacy Risk in Smart Cities", NRF2019-ITS005-0015, 2019-2021, Collaborator

EPSRC First Grant, “PryMe, a Universal Framework to Measure the Strength of Privacy-enhancing Technologies”, EP/P006752/1, 2017-2018, PI

Privacy metrics for genome privacy, ARCHER (EPSRC), Aug 2015 - Feb 2016, PI

Homomorphic encryption on graphics processing units, NVIDIA, from July 2015, PI