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Red Team Thursday: Innovations and Implications in 5G and Transport

November 30 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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This event is suitable for professionals with a high level of knowledge surrounding IT Networks and Cybersecurity.

Event Details

Join us to explore the chaos that ensues when 5G fails and discover the impact it has on our connected world.

Our Red Team Thursday event is in motion, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to be hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London. for a evening designed exclusively for tech experts and enthusiasts. During this event, we will discuss the security and safety requirements of potential drone networks for the delivery of light cargo in cities.

Presentation 1

The question of what resilience means to UAVs in urban airspace, and the technological implications of this at design time, is central to this talk. Darren asks: What happens when 5g fails, and drones fall back on alternative communication methods to ensure their safe operation?

Darren will give a guided tour through the concept of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs), from his PhD work exploring the security issues of MANET routing and weak security assumptions made in the design of such protocols, through to his current work identifying methods of securing such networks in practice.

Presentation 2

Self-driving vehicles have been anticipated for many years with the promise of bringing safer, more efficient and more accessible transportation. This presentation will explore the past, present and future of self-driving vehicles, describing the challenges and tensions that will need to be resolved in order for self-driving vehicles to be deployed and when, where, and how their expected benefits are likely to be achieved.

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Event Speakers

Darren Hurley-Smith

Darren Hurley-Smith

Senior Lecturer
Royal Holloway, University of London

Darren Hurley-Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Information Security with the Information Security Group, Royal Holloway University of London. He received the B.Eng. (Hons) in Hardware and Software Engineering (2012), and a PhD. in Autonomous Systems Network Security (2015) from the University of Greenwich. Since then, he has worked in a variety of security-related areas, including RFID authentication, random number generation, and statistical testing.

Darren is particularly interested in the impact of engineering and implementation choices on the security of everyday systems – particularly cutting-edge drone networks and autonomous vehicles. He is the Technical Operations Manager for Omnidrome – Royal Holloway’s dedicated cross-disciplinary drone lab. He is also a keen VHDL developer and enjoys reverse engineering random number generators and hardware-implemented cryptosystems.

Dr Nick Reed

Dr Nick Reed

Founder at Reed Mobility
Chief Road Safety Adviser at National Highways

Dr Nick Reed is the founder of Reed Mobility, an independent research consultancy on the future of mobility, working across public, private and academic sectors to deliver transport systems that are safe, clean, efficient, ethical and equitable. He has led numerous trials of self-driving vehicles in the UK and has advised the European Commission and UK government on automated vehicle regulations. In November 2021, he was appointed as the first ever Chief Road Safety Adviser to National Highways, providing review and challenge to the organisation in its aim to deliver Vision Zero on the national strategic road network.


Getting Here

  • Shilling Building
    Royal Holloway, University of London
    Egham Hill
    TW20 0EX
  • 30 November 2023
    6pm – 9pm
Royal Holloway, University of London offers complimentary parking for the event on 30th November, between the hours of 5pm and 10pm, allowing you to park in any available spot on the campus during this time. The nearest car park to the Shilling Building is P4.



November 30
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Royal Holloway University of London
Egham Hill
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX United Kingdom