Pete Burnap

Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity

Cardiff University

About Pete

I am Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity in the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University. I am Director of the Cardiff Centre for Cyber Security Research, which is one of 19 Centres in the UK to be recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) by the National Cyber Security Centre and EPSRC.

I have been involved in grants worth in excess of £19m, leading large awards from EPSRC, ESRC and industry on the topic of cyber security analytics – the fusion of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and risk.

I lead AI for cybersecurity research at Airbus on a part-time secondment basis. I am director of Airbus’ only global Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics. This has led to advanced malware detection algorithms as well as novel models for goal-oriented risk assessment being integrated into the business. Since 2012 we have established an interdisciplinary research team of technical and social researchers. Our collaborative projects have received more than £5m in funding from UK Research Councils (EPSRC, ESRC), Welsh Government (Endeavr Wales) and Industry (Airbus).

I lead the Safety Critical Systems theme in the £14m PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for Internet of Things Systems Cybersecurity, led out of UCL.

I am co-director of the WEFO-funded Data Innovation Accelerator (DIA) – a £3.75m investment in upskilling SMEs in South Wales to develop innovative AI-driven products and services.

I sit on the UK Government’s AI Council, advising on the implementation of the industrial strategy in AI and the Data Economy.

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