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Research Interests

The best way to check my more recent research interests is to read the selected research topics on this page. The following list of research interests may be slightly out-dated.

Word Cloud of Shujun's Research (click to enlarge) Main Interests: Human Factors in Cyber Security - password security and usability/graphical passwords/observer-resistant password systems (ORPSs)/user authentication in general (e.g. PassInfinity)/mobile security and privacy/security and privacy in online social networks/human behavior in cyber security and privacy such as cognitive modeling/identity management/CAPTCHA/e-banking security/social engineering/phishing/malware/security visualization/privacy enhancing technologies (PETs), Security Economics - security and privacy issue in cryptocurrencies/e-banking security/identity theft/anti-phishing/economic modelling of security systems/e-payment/underground economy/economics of cyber crime, Information Hiding - Activities based information hiding/steganography and steganalysis/digital watermarking, Digital and Multimedia Forensics and applications to (cyber) crime investigation and prevention, Multimedia Security - multimedia encryption and cryptanalysis/applications of discrete optimization in multimedia security/multimedia forensics/perceptual hashing, Multimedia Computing - multimedia coding/visual quality assessment (VQA)/RVC (Reconfigurable Video Coding)/color science, Chaos & Fractals in Computing - cryptanalysis of chaos-based cryptosystems/chaos in digital domain/applications of fractals for security

General Interests: Cyber Security and Privacy, Cyber Crime, Human Factors, Human-Computer Interface, Hybrid Human-Machine Computing (HHMC) such as human computation and crowdsourcing, Scientometrics, Nonlinear Science, Complex Networks


Research Opportunities for Prospective Students

The opportunities are also open to collaborators who are not students (faculty members and postdoctoral fellows) especially if they can bring students from their sides as human resources.

Research Grants/Fellowships

This list does not include all grants especially those smaller travel and equipment grants. For a complete list, see Shujun's CV.


  1. Shujun Li (PI), "PriVELT: PRIvacy-aware personal data management and Value Enhancement for Leisure Travellers," funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (EP/R033749/1, EP/R033196/1, EP/R033609/1), funding amount £~1.14m (80% fEC, Kent share £429,069), October 2018 – September 2021 (36 months)
    • This project will involve a group of researchers working in 5 academic disciplines (Computer Science, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Psychology, Business, Law) at 3 UK universities, and be supported by 7 non-academic partners.
  2. Shujun Li (PI), "Human-machine teaming for supporting human decision making to enhance security of cyber-physical systems," joint UK-France PhD studentship funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), funding amount £87,000, October 2018 – September 2021 (36 months)
  3. Shujun Li (PI), "ACCEPT: Addressing Cybersecurity and Cybercrime via a co-Evolutionary aPproach to reducing human-relaTed risks," funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (EP/P011896/1), funding amount £880,980 (80% fEC, Surrey share £278,650), April 2017 – March 2019 (24 months)
    • This project will involve a group of researchers working in 5 academic disciplines (Computer Science, Crime Science, Business, Engineering, Behavioural Science) at 6 UK research organizations, and be supported by an Advisory Board with 12 international/UK researchers and a Stakeholder Group formed by 10+ non-academic partners (including law enforcement agencies, industry and NGOs).
  4. Shujun Li (PI), "H-DLP: Human-assisted machine learning for bootstrapping DLP (data loss prevention) systems," jointly funded by Innovate UK, DMCS (Department for Culture, Media & Sport) and Clearswift Ltd as a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership), funding amount £192,003 (£128,642 from Innovate UK and DCMS), January 2017 – December 2019 (36 months)
    • From November 2017, due to Shujun's leave from the University of Surrey, his role of PI was transferred to his colleague Sotiris Moschoyiannis and he remains in the project as a Scientific Advisor.
  5. Shujun Li (CI), "Image/Video Quality Assessment: From Test Databases to Similarity-Aware and Perceptual Dynamic Metrics," Subproject A05 of SFB/Transregio (transregionalen Sonderforschungsbereiches, Transregional Collaborative Research Center in English) 161 "Quantitative Methods for Visual Computing", funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), total funding amount of SFB/Transregio 161 €~8m, July 2015 – June 2019 (48 months)
  6. Shujun Li (PI), "Quantification of Human Error in Cyber Security for the Nuclear Sector," funded by Innovate UK, total funding amount £69,858 (Kent share £9,780, as a subcontractor), January – December 2018 (~11 months)


NB: Most small research grants are not listed here. See Dr Shujun Li's CV for a complete list.
  1. Shujun Li (PI), "PassInfinity: An 'All in One' user authentication framework," funded by the University of Surrey's EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), funding amount £23,052, October 2017 – June 2018 (9 months)
  2. Shujun Li (PI), "COMMANDO-HUMANS: COMputational Modelling and Automatic Non-intrusive Detection Of HUMan behAviour based iNSecurity," funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (EP/N020111/1), funding amount £208,100 (80% fEC), April 2016 – April 2018 (25 months)
  3. Shujun Li (CI), "Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research - University of Surrey," funded by Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), funding amount £81,966 (80% fEC), July 2017 – June 2022 (5 years)
  4. Shujun Li (PI), "Living lab for password research: Impact generation research with IT Services," funded by the University of Surrey's EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), funding amount £12,655, June – August 2017 (3 months)
  5. Shujun Li (CI), "Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research - University of Surrey," funded by Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), funding amount £19,942.40 (80% fEC), July 2015 – June 2017 (24 months)
  6. Shujun Li (PI), "Password+," funded the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Innovate UK through the SETsquared Partnership's Cyber Security ICURe (Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research) Programme, funding amount £~34k, January – March 2017 (3 months)
    • The name of the technology was later changed to Pass∞ (Pronouced PassInfinity) due to the conflict with an existing password manager with a similar name (PasswordPlus).
  7. Shujun Li (PI), "Eyes Can Tell: Applications of Eye-tracking Devices in Cyber Security Research," small research grant funded by National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), funding amount £19,392 (for purchasing a high-end eye-tracker), October 2016 – March 2017 (6 months)
  8. Shujun Li (PI), "POLARBEAR - Pattern Of Life ANPR Behaviour Extraction Analysis and Recognition," funded by the Innovate UK - Technology Strategy Board (TSB) through its Collaborative R&D Competition 'Data exploration - creating new insight and value' (Reference Number 101949), funding amount £329,453 (Surrey share £149,349), October 2014 – March 2016 (Gateway to Research entry)
  9. Shujun Li (PI), "A novel scheme for countering unauthorised usage of digital media content," funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) through the Innovate UK - Technology Strategy Board (TSB)'s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), funding amount £157,937 (£83,529 for Phase II and £74,408 for Phase III), June 2013 – January 2014 for Phase II and October 2014 – March 2015 for Phase III
  10. Shujun Li (PI), "Mobile Magic Mirror (M3): Steganography and Cryptography on the move," funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) through the Innovate UK - Technology Strategy Board (TSB)'s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), funding amount £59,672, July – November 2014
  11. Shujun Li (CI), "Digital forensics: scenarios and standards," funded by the UK's Home Office (HOS/11/038), funding amount £39,013.20 (100% fEC, with VAT), December 2011 – May 2012 (6 months)
  12. Shujun Li (CI), "Development of a system for fully digitized performance measurement of video capturing devices," funded by German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie – BMWi, renamed to Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy / Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie in 2013), funding amount €151,276, September 2009 – April 2011 (20 months)
  13. Shujun Li, Zukunftskolleg Research Fellowship (Junior Group Leader Position), 5-year full-time position in the salary group TV-L 14 plus €3,000 annual research allowance and €5,000 for recruiting student assistants in the first 1.5 years, funded by the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz, Germany, through the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Research Foundation)'s Excellence Initiative, July 2008 – June 2013 (60 months, resigned in August 2011 to take a Senior Lectureship in the UK)
  14. Shujun Li, Humboldt Research Fellowship, full fellowship for 16 months plus some other financial support including mobility allowance, marital allowance, subsidy towards the cost of medical and liability insurance, costs for a two-month intensive German class, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, March 2007 – June 2008 (16 months), hosted by the FernUniversität in Hagen
  15. Shujun Li, The University's Postdoctoral Fellowship, funded by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (香港理工大学), funding amount HK$600,000, June 2005 – June 2007 (24 months, resigned in January 2007 to take a Humboldt Research Fellowship in Germany)

Professional Activities


PhD Students Shujun is working with and worked with: (Co-)Supervised Research Assistants: Dr. Tasmina Islam Dr. Haiyue Yuan Dr. Hui Wang Dr. Ghulam Qadir Dr. Rui Hu @ Uni-Surrey emotion icon Dr.-Ing. Junaid Jameel Ahmad Dr. Kongfeng Berger (former name Kongfeng Zhu) Mr. Rajib Ahsan

(Co-)Supervisors: Prof. Yuanlong Cai (蔡元龙) @ XJTU Prof. Xuanqin Mou (牟轩沁) @ XJTU emotion icon Prof. Guanrong Chen (陈关荣) @ CityU-HK
Host Professors and Mentors: Prof. Dr. Dietmar Saupe @ Uni-Konstanz Prof. Dr. Dr. Wolfgang A. Halang @ Dr. Kwok-Tung Lo (卢国栋) @ HK-PolyU emotion icon Dr. Harry Shum (沈向洋) @ Microsoft

Collaborators (partial list): Prof. Ehab Al-Shaer @ (CyberDNA Research Center, CCAA - NSF I/UCRC Center for Configuration Analytics and Automation) Dr. Hassan Jameel Asghar @ Mr. Marin Bugarić @ Dr. Mario Čagalj @ Dr. Rachel Craddock @ ThalesUK Dr. Christos Grecos @ Prof. Anthony TS Ho @ Dr. Mohamed Ali (Dali) Kaafar @ Dr. Andreas Karrenbauer @ Dr. SimYing Ong @ Mr. Toni Perković @ Prof. Josef Pieprzyk @ Dr. Norman Poh @ Uni-Surrey Dr. Keran Renaud @ Prof. Dr. Roland Schmitz @ HdM Dr. Xiaorong Shen @ Dr. Ron Steinfeld @ Mr. Santosh Tirunagari @ Uni-Surrey Prof. Adrian Waller @ ThalesUK Dr. Wenwu Wang @ Uni-Surrey Dr. KokSheik Wong @ Dr. Leishi Zhang @ Prof. Xinpeng Zhang (张新鹏) @ SHU emotion icon Dr. Ihab Amer @ Dr. Gonzalo Álvarez Marañón @ ISI.CSIC.Spain Prof. José María Amigó @ UMH.Spain Mr. Muhammad Asim @ Prof. Carmen Sánchez Ávila @ ETSIT.UPM.Spain Mr. Safya Belghitha @ Prof. Bharat K. Bhargava @ PurdueU Prof. Nikolaos G. Bourbakis @ WSU Dr. Lee-Ming Cheng @ CityU-HK Dr. Albert C.T. Cheung (张炽堂) @ CityU-HK Bill Cheswick @ AT&T Dr. Sabine Cornelsen @ Uni-Konstanz Dr. Johan Eker @ Ericsson Prof. Borko Furht @ FAU Prof. Gang Chen (陈刚) @ ZJU Dr. Veronica Fernández @ IFA.CSIC.Spain Dr. Luis Hernández @ IFA.CSIC.Spain Prof. Lei Hu (胡磊) @ ISCAS.CAS Dr. Jörn W. Janneck @ Prof. Zhen Ji (纪震) @ SZU (TI DSPs LAB@SZU, PRIS Group@SZU) Prof. Mohan Kankanhalli @ Dr. Muhammad Murtaza Khan @ Dr. Syed Ali Khayam @ Prof. C.-C. Jay Kuo (郭宗杰) @ USC Prof. Dr. Kyandoghere Kyamakya @ Mr. Qi Li @ U-Liverpool.UK Ms. Wenmin Li Dr. Xinxiao Li (李新肖) @ Jun.-Prof. Dr. Zhong Li (李忠) @ Mr. Zhou Li @ IndianaU-Bloomington Prof. Xiaofeng Liao (廖晓峰) @ CQU Prof. Der-Chyuan Lou (娄德权) @ Prof. Jinhu Lü (吕金虎) @ CAS Mr. Christophe Lucarz @ EPFL Prof. Spyros S. Magliveras @ FAU Mr. Kwan-Pok Man @ HK Prof. Marco Mattavelli @ EPFL (SCI-STI-MM Group) Dr. Fausto Montoya @ IFA.CSIC.Spain Dr. Jaime Muñóz @ IFA.CSIC.Spain Ms. Juana Nunez @ IFA.CSIC.Spain Ms. Amalia B. Orue @ IFA.CSIC.Spain Dr. Gerardo Pastor @ IFA.CSIC.Spain Dr. Mickaël Raulet @ IETR/INSA-Rennes Prof. Michael Reiter @ UNC Dr. Rhouma Rhouma @ Dr. Miguel Romera @ IFA.CSIC.Spain Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi @ Prof. Carmen Sánchez-Ávila @ Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schneider @ TU-DarmStadt Dr. Daniel Socek @ FAU Dr. Ercan Solak @ Işı Dr. Huaxiong Wang @ Mr. Peng Wang (王鹏) @ Intel.Shanghai Dr. XiaoFeng Wang @ IndianaU-Bloomington Dr. Kwok-Wo Wong (黄国和) @ CityU-HK Dr. Arthur Libo Yang (杨立波) @ NKU Dr. Dan Zhang (张亶) @ ZJU Dr. Xuan Zheng (郑煊) @ Ciena.US Prof. Jihong Zhang (张基宏) @ SZIIT

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