Dr. K. Liang @ Cybersecurity group, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Van Mourik Broekmanweg 6

2628 XE Delft

The Netherlands

Email: kaitai (dot) liang (at) tudelft (dot) nl 

Official website, DBLP, Google Scholar, LinkedIn, Github




Dr. Liang is a tenured faculty member (UD1) of the Cybersecurity group at Delft University of Technology. He received his PhD degree at City University of Hong Kong. He worked as an information security researcher at I2R (A*STAR, Singapore), post-doctoral researcher at Aalto University (Finland, supported by AoF funding), and held a permanent assistant professor position in secure systems at the University of Surrey, before joining TU Delft. During his PhD and post-doctoral studies, he was a visiting researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium), UCL (United Kingdom), IBM, and Northeastern University (United States). With over 10 years experiences on cybersecurity R&D, his main focus is on the design and implementation of cryptographic protocols to security. 

He has led as a PI in several European funded projects, e.g., TANGO, ASSURED, IRIS, and delivered real-world impact via these projects with academic and industrial partners (e.g., IBM, Fujitsu, NEC, EIT Manufacturing, BIBA, ATOS, UBITECH). He has published a series of research works, applying information security and crypto tools to address cybersecurity challenges. These publications have appeared in high-tier international information security journals and A* conferences, e.g., USENIX Security, NDSS, ESORICS (where he was honored with the Best Research Paper Award in 2015), Asiacrypt, IEEE TIFS, and IEEE TDSC. 

Beyond his research contributions, Dr. Liang has played an active role in the academic community. He has served as a Technical Program Committee, General Chair, and Steering Committee member for renowned international security and privacy conferences, including USENIX Security, IEEE EuroS&P, ESORICS, IEEE CSF, and PoPETs. Furthermore, he has made valuable contributions to ISO standards as a member of the standards committee 381027 "Cybersecurity & Privacy" at NEN. In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Liang serves as an Associate Editor for esteemed journals such as the Computer Journal, IEEE Systems Journal, IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence, and the EURASIP Journal on Information Security. Furthermore, he acts as a cybersecurity consultant for SMEs, sharing his expertise and guidance in the field. 

Recognizing his contributions to higher education, Dr. Liang is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. Since 2016, he has been actively involved in the design, teaching, and evaluation of international Master's and Bachelor's courses in countries such as Finland, the UK, and the Netherlands.

Research Interests

Data protection, privacy-preserving federated learning, attacks on AI & secure systems, blockchain R&D. Please take a look at the research outputs presented at my CRYPTAI Lab, with references on Google Scholar top publication venue, core conference/journal ranking and CSRankings: Cybersecurity.   

Research Projects

REWIRE: REWiring the ComposItional Security VeRification and AssurancE of Systems of Systems Lifecycle (No. 101070627) and spans on the period 2022-2025, Primary Investigator. REWIRE envisions a holistic framework for continuous security assessment of open-source and open-specification hardware and software for IoT devices and the development of cybersecurity certification in accordance with the requirements and guidelines of recent EU Cybersecurity Act. 

TANGO: Digital Technologies ActiNg as a Gatekeeper to information and data flOws (No. 101070052, 2022-2025), Primary Investigator. TANGO will establish a stronger cross-sector data sharing, in a citizen-centric, secure and trustworthy manner, by developing innovative solutions while addressing environmental degradation and climate change challenges. 

IRIS: H2020-SU-DS-2020, (no. 101021727, 36 months, 2021-2024), Primary Investigator. IRIS aims to establish the first dedicated online training and cyber exercises to prepare CERTs/CSIRTs to collaboratively protect critical infrastructures and systems against cross-border AI and IoT threats. Pilot demonstrators will be conducted in Helsinki, Tallinn, and Barcelona.

ASSURED H2020-SU-ICT-2018-2020, (no. 952697, 36 months, 2020-2023), Primary Investigator. ASSURED introduces an innovative, formally verified runtime assurance framework for securing CPS supply chains: by leveraging edge computing ecosystems, a universal distributed solution is developed for the transformation of CPSoS into distributed safety-critical CPSoS solutions, hosting multiple mixed-criticality applications. Completed 

CUREX funded by the European Commission, H2020-SC1-FA-DTS-2018-1/SU-TDS-02-2018 (36 months, 2018-2021), Co-Investigator. Completed. 

SPEAR funded by the European Commission, H2020-DS-SC7-2017/DS-07-2017-RIA (36 months, 2018-2021), Co-Investigator. Completed. 

SECONDO funded by the European Commission, H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018/ENG, (48 months, 2018-2022), Co-Investigator. Completed.  

FutureTPM funded by the European Commission, H2020-DS-2016-2017/DS-06-2017-RIA, (36 months, 2017-2020), Co-Investigator. Completed. 

Selected Academic activities 

Conference contributions: 

IEEE CSF steering committee and 2024 general chair, 

ACM CCS 2024 publicity chair,

USENIX Security TPC member 2024, 

IEEE EuroS&P 2023 general chair and TPC member 2024, 

ESORICS 2023 general chair and TPC member 2018 - 2022, 2024, 

PoPETs editorial board member 2024/2025,  

SecureComm 2022 general chair,

other TPC members, session chairs, publicity chairs: ACNS, ACM ASIACCS, ARES, CANS, ISC, SecureComm, etc.  

Associate editor

The Computer Journal (2021 - current)

Journal of Information Security and Applications (2022 - current)

IEEE Open Journal of the Communication Society (2023 - current)

IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence (2021 - current)

IEEE Systems Journal (2020-2024), 

Guest editor for the Journal of Computer Security

NEN cybersecurity and privacy committee, ISO/IEC SC27 Work Group 2 (former UK). 

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (UK). 

Some invited talks given at One Conference, Japan Advanced Instituted of Science and Technology, AIT, University of Padua, CyberSciTech.....please feel free to contact for the presentation slides. 



Security and Cryptography

Privacy-enhancing Technology

Hacking Lab

Cybersecurity Data Analytics 

AI and Security


Computer Security 

Algebra and Cryptography

Supervision, publications and research  

We have a group of Bachelor, MSc, PhD and Post-doc researchers working in several cybersecurity topics, please take a look at our CRYPTAI Lab


Cyber Security special (MSc) programme coordinator (2021-2023)

Board of Examiner