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Dr P. Burnap

Senior Lecturer

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Contact Details

Computer Science & Informatics,
Cardiff University,
Queen's Buildings,
5 The Parade, Roath,
Cardiff CF24 3AA, UK


Extension Number: 76249
Room Number: S/3.04

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Research Interests

Research interests include:

  • Social Media Analysis: Developing new algorithms and implementing computational analysis tools (often informed by social theory) to better understand online social interaction and behaviour;
  • Supporting Decision Making: Building systems to support intelligence gathering, risk assessment, and decision making - "extracting knowledge from data";
  • Big Data and Text Mining: Collation, storage and analysis of text information and massive datasets ("Big Data") using natural language processing, pattern matching and machine learning techniques;
  • Information Security: Developing methods to better understand the behaviour, spread and evolution of malicious software, informing policy requirements, and building secure information sharing technology;
  • Distributed systems: Building secure and distributed information sharing and retrieval systems.

Current & Recent Research Projects

  • Tackling Radicalisation in Dispersed Societies, European Commission.
  • Identifying and modelling victim, business, regulatory and malware behaviours in a changing cyberthreat landscape, EPSRC.
  • To develop an intelligent (predictive), automated, enterprise-wide service-oriented remote IT asset management system to reduce downtime and improve customer reporting and trust, KTP and Circle IT Solutions LTD.
  • SCADA Cyber Security Lifecycle, EADS UK.
  • CAT-D UI Work Package, Airbus Group Ltd.
  • Public perceptions of the UK food system: Public understanding and engagement, and the impact of crises and scares, ESRC via NatCen Social Research.
  • Ebbbs and flows of energy systems (EFES), EPSRC.
  • Digital Wildfire: (Mis)information flows, propagation and responsible governance, ESRC via University of Oxford.
  • Embedding COSMOS within public safety organisations, ESRC.
  • Industrial secondment, Airbus Group Ltd.
  • Investigating the link between social media activity and reporting crime, Metropolitan Police Service.
  • The 2016 Welsh election study: A study of the 2016 election to the National Assembly for Wales, ESRC.
  • Big Data analytics project, KTP and Admiral.


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