Our first update of 2016 must, of course, start out with CREST’s New Year promises. They are:
December saw CREST staff begin a new project funded by EPSRC as part of the European CHIST-ERA network. The project, Dynamic policies for shared cyber-physical infrastructures under attack, tackles the problem of large, shared cyber-physical system (CPS) infrastructures under attack. In particular, the project responds to the critical need to develop integrated technical and user methodology for dynamically formulating and adapting security policies, rapidly and on-demand.
DYPOSIT will conduct studies of technical solutions and operators’ interaction with such solutions on a realistic testbed. The studies will thus examine the interface between machine and investigative expertise. It will do so across a range of contexts, from highly-managed CPS such as those found in industrial control systems or future factories through to dynamically aggregated CPS, such as those found in smart cities, large manufacturing plants or intelligent transportation systems. DYPOSIT is a collaboration between Leuven University, University College Cork, and Lancaster University.
The following papers by CREST members were published (online first):
- Outlines the latest linguistic and psychological work on investigative interviews: Oxburgh, G., Myklebust, T., Grant, T., and Milne, R. (2015). Communication in investigative and legal contexts: Integrated approaches from forensic psychology, linguistics and law enforcement. Chichester: Wiley.
- Outlines a screening tool designed to support professionals assess risk in relation to extremism: Lloyd, M., & Dean, C. (2015). The development of structured guidelines for assessing risk in extremist offenders. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, 2, 40-52.
- Expectations of judging another (e.g., in vetting) impact the accuracy of judgements for hidden traits: Wall, H. J., Taylor, P. J., Campbell, C. Getting the balance right? A Mismatch in Interaction demands between Target and Judge Impacts on Judgement Accuracy for Some Traits but not Others.Personality and Individual Differences, 88, 66-72.
- Overview of strategies relating to financing and terrorism: Ryder, N. The Financial War on Terrorism: A review of counter-terrorist financing strategies since 2001 Routledge.
First CREST Commissioning call
December also saw the launch of our first call to commission new research that addresses some of the current threats to national and international security. The total amount available for the call is £1.25m at 100% full Economic Cost (fEC). You can read more about the call and how to bid here.