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Peter Hannay

PhD candidate

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

SImPLE projects lead to published research

During my undergraduate degree, I found research to be an area that I would like to pursue as a career. I discovered the vast amounts of information available through journals and conferences. It then became my goal to be one of the people that contribute to this body of knowledge.

In my final year of undergraduate studies, I became involved with the SImPLE (Simple Image Preview Live Environment) project. The project aimed to provide a forensics environment that did not require special expertise to use. The development of this project has continued throughout my time at ECU and is now moving towards a commercial release. It is a thrill to know that something that started as an undergraduate project has progressed into a viable product that will be adopted by law enforcement agencies worldwide.

My involvement in the SImPLE project was a major factor in deciding to continue into honours. Honours involved the development of forensic methodologies for the analysis of GPS devices and lead to a number of publications. I achieved first class honours and elected to start a PhD, which is now underway.

I have chosen to focus my PhD in the area of Global Positioning System simulation and attacks. Through my research I hope to increase the body of knowledge in the area of radio communications security, specifically those communications that relate to navigation signals.

Through my honours, I published research for a variety of conferences on a number of topics ranging from computer security to Internet censorship. Publishing my research has been a realisation of one of my original goals when I started my university career.

In early 2008, I found employment as a lecturer at ECU, teaching in the field of digital forensics, which has so far been a very rewarding experience as I have been able to guide students that are in the same situation that I was when I started my undergraduate degree.

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