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Professor David Stupples


School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences , Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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C153, Tait Building


Postal Address

City University London
Northampton Square



Professor David Stupples specialises in research and development of secure communications and computing systems. For a number of years he undertook research in this area at the Royal Signal and Radar Establishment at Malvern in the UK followed by surveillance and intelligence systems research for the UK Government. He then spent three years developing highly secure communications for surveillance satellites for Hughes Aircraft Corporation in the US. In his early career, Dr David Stupples was employed in signals intelligence by the Royal Air Force. Later, he was a senior partner with PA Consulting Group where he was responsible for the company's consultancy work on the design, build and operation of secure communications systems for world-wide clients.

His research work has included the development of high-grade encryption techniques for radio and digital communications for both military and government use. This involved cryptanalysis of candidate systems in order to test the efficacy of the systems against attack, and the use of systems analysis to review operational procedures. Furthermore work included improving the security of both spread spectrum satellite communications and distributed time-division multiple access systems used for digital wireless. Latterly, Professor David Stupples has been actively researching internet security, particularly focused on cyber terrorism and organised cyber crime for both the UK government and commercial companies. This work has required the development of new systems analysis and modelling techniques to understand the behaviour of complex systems.


PhD Systems Engineering, City University London, 1996
MSc Computer Science & Operations Research, Aston University, 1979
BSc Electrical & Electronic Engineering, RAF, 1972


2004 - to date
- City University London, Professor of Systems & Cryptography (since 2007)
- City University London, Assistant Dean Knowledge & Transfer
- Royal Academy of Engineering Professors in Systems
- Director of Centre for Cyber Security Sciences (since 2011)
1986 - 2004 PA Consulting Group, Engineering Systems Research & Analysis, Senior Parner
1982 - 1986 Hughes Aircraft Corporation US, Principal Systems Engineer
1977 - 1982 Royal Signals Radar Establishment, Principal Research Scientist
1972 - 1977 Radio Intoduction Unit - Royal Air Force, Engineering Officer Squadron Leader

Other appointments

2011 Member of Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) Intelligence Services
2004 Member of Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) Integration Authority Board
2003 Member of Defence Scientific Advisory Committee (DSAC)

Membership of professional bodies

2004 Institute of Measurement & Control, Fellow, CEng
1981 Institute of Electrical Engineers, Fellow, CEng


Research interests

- Design of large-scale digital communication systems
- Intelligence systems modelling
- Cryptology and complexity theory
- Modelling of cyber terrorism and cyber warfare
- Cryptographic key management systems


Journal Article (14)

  1. Karcanias, A., Stupples, D. and Halikias, G. (2012). Impact of stochastic renewables on CO2 levels and targets. Carbon Management, 3(4), 383-391.
  2. Spurgin, A.J. and Stupples, D. (2012). Impact of accidents on organizational aspects of nuclear utilities. International Journal of Economics and Management Engineering, 2(4), 132-144.
  3. Stupples, D. and Spurgin, A. (2012). Nuclear Industry Organizations: Shaped by Accidents. International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics.
  4. Stupples, D. and Danilova, N. (2012). Application of Natural Language Processing and Evidential Analysis to Web-Based Intelligence Information Acquisition. IEEE Informatics Conference.
  5. Spurgin, A.J. and Stupples, D. (2011). Impact of viable system model (VSM) type of organizational concept on safety regulation of the nuclear industry. International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis 2011, PSA 2011, 3, 2163-2186.
  6. Stupples, D., Ghamdi, S.H. and Panagiotakopoulos, P.D. (2010). The Air Traffic Control System as a Viable System: The Case of the Saudi System. JOURNAL OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, 52(1), 24-36.
  7. Stupples, D., Al-Ghamdi, S.H. and Gill, A. (2009). Cybernetics view of air traffic control (ATC) system complexity. JOURNAL OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, 51(1), 12-19.
  8. Stupples, D., King, C.S.O. and Thomas, P.J. (2008). Learning to exploit tolerances: an undergraduate laboratory exercise in system design of an instrument. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION, 45(4), 281-298.
  9. Thomas, P.J. and Stupples, D. (May 2007). J-value: a new scale for judging health and safety spend in the nuclear and other industries. Nuclear Future, 3(3).
  10. Thomas, P.J. and Stupples, D. (Nov 2006). J-value: a universal scale for health and safety spending. Special Feature on Systems and Risk, Measurement + Control, 39/9, 273-276.
  11. Thomas, P.J., Stupples, D. and Pearce, O. (Nov 2006). Weighing the economic risk of new nuclear build using real options. Special Feature on Systems and Risk, Measurement + Control, 39/9, 282-285.
  12. Thomas, P.J., Stupples, D.W. and Alghaffar, M.A. (2006). The extent of regulatory consensus on health and safety expenditure part 2: Applying the J-value technique to case studies across industries. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 84(5 B), 337-343.
  13. Mawby, D. and Stupples, D. (2002). Systems thinking for managing projects. IEEE International Engineering Management Conference, 1, 344-349.
  14. Stupples, D. and Spurgin, A.J. (). Impact of Accidents on Organizational Aspects of Nuclear Utilities. International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics (IJEME).

Conference (2)

  1. Thomas, P.J., Alghaffar, M. and Stupples, D. (2005). The implied value of human life across different industries. Universities’ Nuclear Technology Forum, 06 Apr 2005, Imperial College.
  2. Thomas, P.J., Alghaffar, M. and Stupples, D. (2005). The extent of consensus on safety spend across different industries. invited paper, Westminster Energy Forum, Canadian High Commission, 21 Apr 2005, London.

Report (1)

  1. Stupples, D. Letter explaining their significance will be issued by the Head of Technical Operations.