Chris Mitchell


Contact details, Career, Personal, Research interests and activities, Teaching materials, List of publications, Security and other useful links, Useful forms, LaTeX resources, PhD student resources, Footnotes

Contact details

Professor Chris Mitchell
Information Security Group
Royal Holloway, University of London
Surrey TW20 0EX

Tel. (direct line) 01784 443423

Tel. (secretary) 01784 443101

Fax: 01784 430766

Email: (work) or (home).

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Prior to his appointment as Professor of Computer Science at Royal Holloway, University of London, in March 1990, he was a Project Manager in the Networks and Communications Laboratory of Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Bristol, which he joined in June 1985. Between 1979 and 1985 he was at Racal-Comsec Ltd. (Salisbury, UK), part of Racal Electronics Plc, latterly as Chief Mathematician.

Since joining Royal Holloway in 1990 he has played a role in the development of the Information Security Group, and helped launch the MSc in Information Security in 1992 and the MSc in Secure Electronic Commerce in 1999. He spent the academic year 1996-97 on leave of absence from Royal Holloway as a full-time consultant at Europay International, Waterloo, Belgium.

He continues to act as a consultant on a variety of topics in information security.

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Born in Polegate (Sussex, UK) in 1953, Chris Mitchell attended school in Polegate and Bexhill-on-Sea (Sussex, UK). He received his B.Sc. (1975) and Ph.D. (1979) degrees in Mathematics from Westfield College, University of London.

Since 1983 he has lived in Codford, a small village in Wiltshire.

Here are some pictures of me receiving a cake for my 50th birthday!

A few personal photo albums are now available here.

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Research interests and activities

His main research interests are in information security and combinatorial mathematics and its applications.

The focus of much of his recent research has been on trusted computing and its applications. A summary of recent ISG contributions in this area is provided here.

He has made contributions to a number of international collaborative projects. Completed projects include:

He is currently convenor of Technical Panel 2 of BSI IST/33, dealing with Security Mechanisms and providing input to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC27 on which he currently serves as a UK Expert and as editor of three international security standards: ISO/IEC 11770-2 (key management using symmetric techniques - 2nd edition), ISO/IEC 19772 (authenticated encryption) and, as co-editor with Bart Preneel, ISO/IEC 9797-1 (MACs based on block ciphers - 4th edition). He previously served as editor of ISO/IEC 9796-2 (digital signatures giving message recovery - 2nd edition, and a subsequent amendment), ISO/IEC 9798-2 (entity authentication based on symmetric encryption - 2nd edition), ISO/IEC 9798-4 (entity authentication based on MACs - 2nd edition), ISO/IEC 9798-5 (zero-knowledge based authentication protocols - 1st edition), ISO/IEC 9798-6 (manual authentication protocols - 1st edition), ISO/IEC 10118-3 (dedicated hash-functions - 1st edition), and ISO/IEC 18033-1 (encryption - 1st edition). Details of published ISO standards are available from the ISO Web Page.

He served as a member of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board between 2003 and 2014, and as a member of the DoCoMo Euro-Labs Advisory Board between 2005 and 2009. He has been co-editor-in-chief of Designs, Codes and Cryptography since January 2011, and became the section editor for Section D (Security in Computer Systems and Networks) of The Computer Journal in January 2014. He was a senior editor of IEEE Communications Letters between 2012 and 2015. He has served as a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Information Security, Information Management and Computer Security, KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, and the Journal of Wireless Mobile Networks, Ubiquitous Computing and Dependable Applications. He is a member of the accreditation board of Computer and Communications Security Abstracts. He is a member of the Panel of Assessors for the British Computer Society's BCS Professional Advice Register: Security Section. He was appointed as a member of the UKAS Information Security Technical Advisory Forum in 2003.

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Teaching materials

The slides for a PhD student session on Plain English are available here.

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Security and other useful links

Security Workshops at Royal Holloway

Information, including copies of presentations and participant lists, are available for the following security workshops.


If you are interested in cryptography (and/or cryptographers), then the following web pages are recommended.

Upcoming conferences

For information about the IACR conferences (Crypto, Eurocrypt and Asiacrypt) see the IACR web site.

A useful list of conferences with a security component is available here.

Security literature links

General research links

Random but fun links

Security standards links

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LaTeX resources

General information

Handling graphics

General tools

Bibliography tools

Ph.D. thesis templates

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