gmail: paulmdunphy

January 2018 - Paper published on arxiv: A First Look at Identity Management Schemes on the Blockchain

September 2017 - Paper accepted to IEEE Security and privacy magazine special issue on Blockhain privacy and security. Published in 2018

September 2017 - Workshop accepted to CHI 2018 - HCI for Blockchain: Studying, Designing, Critiquing and Envisioning Distributed Ledger Technologies

July 2017 - Gave an invited talk at University of Bonn about blockchain technology

**Interested in human-computer interaction and distributed ledger technology? I'm looking for interns to join me in Cambridge in 2018; get in touch to learn more.**


I am a researcher at VASCO Data Security based in the Innovation Centre in Cambridge, UK. I am leading work that researches, designs, and creates, the next generation of fintech technologies. I'm interested in creating innovative new technologies and discovering the ways that people will use them. My current focus is the design and application of distributed ledger technology.

My expertise is situated at the intersection of human-computer interaction and information privacy and security. My work has generated over 25 scientific publications, 3 patents, and been featured in international news media and online blogs.

A list of specific projects that I have led and contributed to in the past can be found here; links to my published articles are here.


I have over 10 years of experience in the full lifecycle of digital innovation that spans: strategy, ideation, design, research, prototyping, to usability analysis. Before joining VASCO I spent time as a User Experience Analyst at Atom Bank during its early days as a startup, its fund raise of just under $175million, and successful first mobile app releases. In 2015 Atom was named 8th in the Fintech 100, lept to 6th in 2016, and also featured in Marketing Week's top 100 disruptive brands in 2016. At Atom I was part of a collaborative team scoping requirements, designing business processes and user interfaces, and delivering a mobile banking app on iOS and Android. Ours was a banking platform protected by mobile biometrics and developed on the Unity platform.

Before that, I was a member of Digital Interaction research group at Newcastle University (now known as OpenLab). While at OpenLab I completed a PhD funded by a Microsoft Research PhD scholarship, and afterwards, worked as a postdoctoral Research Associate on the SiDE project within the Connected Home and Communities theme. I also spent time at the Nokia Research Centre within the Trustworthy Communications and Identities group; also at Microsoft Research Cambridge in the Socio-Digital Systems group (now known as the Human Experience and Design group.