Robin is part of the Applied Research and Innovation (ARI) team at Trilateral Research.
He is currently research lead on the Horizon 2020 project, SOTER; a project with two interrelated strands of research. The first is the development of a biometric identification and authentication digital on-boarding platform (DOP) that leverages distributed ledger technology. The second is a comprehensive mapping of the human factors within cybersecurity, culminating in the development of competence catalogue and training module that addresses the human aspects of cybersecurity within the financial services sector.
Trilateral has a number of primary responsibilities within the project, including the enactment of the security by design and privacy by design methodologies into the development of the DOP, conducting the Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA), and the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA+) of the platform, mapping the human factors of cybersecurity, and leading the communication and dissemination activities of the project.
Robin has developed an interdisciplinary research background; mostly concerned with the triumvirate of networks, technology, and society.
His most recent research focused on the interface between privacy and blockchain technology; a boundary theory-based study of varied perspectives, as told by active participants in the blockchain ecosystem. He has also conducted a number of studies concerning the usability of natural language processor-based question answering systems (colloquially known as chat-bots).
His doctoral research focused on distributed music systems, with his PhD entitled “Topologies of Network Music” – formed during his time at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast.
Robin has experience in building bespoke technological solutions that explore how emerging technologies affect human-computer interactions and/or leverage affordances for networked participants, with a number of published papers in the fields of information systems, experimental music, and emerging financial technology. He is also a member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) technical committee TC 002/SC 16 “Blockchain and electronic distributed ledger technologies” and a member of workgroups WG1 – Foundations, WG2 – Security, privacy and identity, WG5 – Governance within the ISO/TC 307 blockchain and distributed ledger technologies standardisation efforts, the ISO Joint Work Group (JWG4) on Identity Management, and the newly formed European Standards Authority initiative, entitled CEN/CLC JTC19 Identity Management, which is tasked with developing the technical specifications of a decentralised identity management system that supports both the GDPR and eIDAS regulatory frameworks.