Computer Science @ University of St Andrews

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Dr Ishbel Duncan

Dr Ishbel Duncan

Director of Postgraduate Studies

Position: Lecturer

Research profile

Email ( ishbel.duncan

Office: JC1.23 - Jack Cole Building, North Haugh

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3270

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Research Overview

Current Research Projects.

I am currently working on security testing and evaluation. I have a doctoral student working on Predicate Based Encryption and on security design patterns.


I am very active in developing a Virtual St Andrews (ViStA) for international student orientation, information, online teaching, meetings, university history, town information etc. This involves staff across the University and is led by myself, Alan Miller (CS) and Janie Brooks (ELT).


Previous projects include:

Privacy, Security and Trust: - requirements engineering for privacy and security in computational systems - e- voting: polsterless remote electronic voting - network security: Denial of Service detection and defence

Agent Based Learning : Using knowledge of failure to guide student learning of Java.

Visualisation of Biochemical Pathways : with SCRI and University of Abertay-Dundee, visualising pathways from plant, human and animal domains.

Visualisation of Software Testing and Metrics : Metrics used to measure test thoroughness, data and logic complexity and failure density within systems.

Some of the research strategies are: Modelling predicate logic and data inconsistencies in code. Using intelligent agents to locate code and design inconsistencies to aid student centred learning of JAVA. Visualising the data space of functions and reduction of the data space by parameter passing. Visualising the test process, via metrics or coverage of predicates and data domains. Analysis of the sparseness/clustering of data and the effect on system execution.

Verification and dynamic testing of Large Scale Code/Grid data