Professor Kevin Jones

Professor Kevin Jones

Executive Dean

Faculty of Science and Engineering


Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering


PhD University of Manchester
MSc University of Oxford
BSc University of Reading

Professional membership

Fellow of BCS
Fellow of the IET
Senior Member of ACM
Senior member of IEEE
Full member of IISP

Roles on external bodies

Trustee and Board Member, Engineering Council
Member of UKCRC
Member of CPHC
Chair of UKCRC Membership Committee
Member of EPSRC College
Member of BCS Membership Committee
Fellowship Assessor for BCS
Member of BCS Learning and Development SIG
Assessor for Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Information Technology Professional
Member of IAAC/GCHQ Academic Liaison Panel
Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
Member of WCIT Security Panel
Member of WCIT Education and Training Panel
Member of the Board of the Plymouth Science Park
Member of the Board of Governors of Plymouth UTC
Chair, Plymouth STEM Board
Director of University of Plymouth Enterprise Limited

Teaching interests

SEC301/501 Information Security Management

SEC303HK Intrusion Analysis and Incident Management

Research interests

  • Trustworthiness of Complex Systems
  • Cyber-security
  • Maritime Cyber Threats
  • Hardware verification
  • Analog verification
  • Software development
  • Formal methods
  • CAD tools

Additional information

I've worked on trustworthiness of complex systems, in one form or another, for most of my professional career. 

Originally, formal methods and proof in the context of software development.  Then many years in hardware verification, both pragmatic and theoretical, ranging from pre-tapeout verification of high volume silicon designs through to novel approaches to the formal verification of analog circuits.
More recently, I've been working in the areas of cyber-security, with an interest in quantitative approaches to security and a very specific focus on security in the maritime domain. 

I've covered the spectrum from pure academic research through to pragmatic hands on industry deployment in both verification and security, and see the benefits of both academic and industrial mindsets.

In recent years, I've spent a lot of time working with extraordinary individuals and building and managing some great teams capable of amazing results. Team building, managing, mentoring and teaching with people at various levels of experience has been a very satisfying addition to the technical work and has allowed us collectively to achieve far more than any of us could have managed singularly. 

Since returning to academia, I have enjoyed teaching students at all levels, from 1st year UG through PhD, and have been very involved in shaping the teaching of Computer Science through academic leadership roles in the University, the BCS and the WCIT.

Specialties: Cyber-security, Hardware verification; Software development; Formal methods; CAD tools; Analog verification; R&D; Leadership; Management