We work with academics from across Imperial College London, UK and international universities, as well as industry and government partners, on a variety of research and innovation challenges.

Our research is applicable across Critical National Infrastructure, including sectors such as: Chemicals; Civil Nuclear, Communications, Defence, Emergency Services, Energy, Finance, Food, Government, Health, Space, Transport, Water and the Built Environment.

Doctoral research programme

We offer doctoral training in conjunction with Imperial's academic departments and external government and industry partners.

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD with the ISST, or if you are an organisation interested in developing collaborative PhD research projects, please contact the ISST Co-Director Professor Deeph Chana (d.chana@imperial.ac.uk).


Current PhD students

  • Angelos Malandrakis

    Angelos Malandrakis

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    Angelos Malandrakis PhD student, ISST and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


    PhD title: CNN based threat detection in 3D CT images

    Supervisors: Prof. Deeph Chana, Prof. Washington Yotto Ochieng

    Angelos works with AI methods to detect emerging threat materials and objects on X-ray baggage scanner images. Prior to this, he worked for several years as a machine learning and software engineer. 

  • Rob Murray

    Robert Murray

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    Rob Murray PhD student, ISST


    Rob was appointed by NATO’s Secretary General as the Head of NATO’s Innovation Unit in December 2019. Rob’s professional interests are centered at the national security intersection of finance, technology, and Defence, underpinned by those relationships between the private sector, academia, and public sector.

  • Xiangmin Yang

    Xiangmin Yang

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    Xiangmin Yang PhD student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


    PhD title: Societal Resilience  

    Supervisors: Prof. Washington Yotto  Ochieng  and  Dr.  Mireille Elhajj

    Xiangmin  has a MSc from the first cohort of the Security and Resilience Programme at ISST, Imperial College London, and a BA in Comprehensive Physics from Colorado College.