Neville, Stephen

Associate Professor


Phone number: (250) 721-6017
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research description:

- Cyber-security and cyber-privacy
- Large-scale information systems
- Data Science and Big Data
- Industry applied research collaborations
Expertise Profile
Reliable, safe and secure -- that's what we expect from our information technology systems. Yet every day we hear stories of system outages, cyber-attacks and privacy breaches.

Dr. Stephen W. Neville is the founding director of the Centre for Advanced Security, Privacy and Information Systems Research (ASPIRe Centre) at the University of Victoria and he aims to change that.

Dr. Neville's research focuses on the engineering of larger-scale software systems and, particularly, understanding and mitigating their resulting cyber-security and cyber- privacy challenges.

In his own Information Security and Privacy Research (InSPiRe) Lab, Dr. Neville analyzes data from industry and government systems and converts that data to knowledge, whether it's simply a better theoretical understanding of how a system works or new ways of engineering a better one.

Modern societies depend on these large-scale information systems in everything from social networking to the higher profile sectors of health care, banking, and critical infrastructure systems.

Real world problems faced by industries and governments inform Dr. Neville's work, including issues of security, privacy, reliability, availability and scalability. As such, much of his work involves collaborations with industry.

In concert with Dr. Thomas E. Darcie, Dr. Neville co-supervises and advises student teams within UVic's recently established Entrepreneurial Engineering Masters Project (EEMP) conducted in partnership with the Alacrity Foundation.

EEMP students work with well-established industry leaders to create companies which they will partially own. Dr. Neville's industry experience and applied research focus make him an excellent adviser for the program.

Dr. Neville is a founding member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council's (NSERC) national cyber-security focused strategic network -- the Interconnected Systems Security Network (ISSNet).

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InSPiRe research lab:

Health related research:

As cyber-security, cyber-privacy, and larger-scale information systems become increasingly important in the health care sector, significant aspects of Dr. Neville's research and of the ASPIRe Centre research activities are moving to support these emerging trends.

International research:

Dr. Neville has both current and past engagements with multinational industry collaborators.

International activities:

Member of the IEEE (since 1985). Member of the ACM (since 2004).

Countries lived or worked in:

San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S.A.

Software development

Several open source software tools are available via Dr. Neville's Information Security and Privacy Research Laboratory (InSPiRe) (see for more information).

Community projects

Dr. Neville is involved in several industry directed research efforts both via the Entrepreneurial Engineering Master's Program (EEMP) as well as with other Victoria area companies.

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