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Dr Marios Belk

Lecturer in Cybersecurity and Data Analytics


MBelk1@uclan.ac.uk

+357 24694144

Qualifications

PhD Computer Science (University of Cyprus, 2015)

MSc Advanced Information Technologies (University of Cyprus, 2009)

BSc Computer Science (University of Cyprus, 2007)

Employment Track

Lecturer in Cybersecurity and Data Analytics, UCLan Cyprus (2018-)

Research Associate, Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus (2016-2018)

Marie Curie Research Fellow, IdMind Engineering Systems, Lisbon, Portugal (2012-2015)

Human-centered Computing Researcher, Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus (2009-2015)

Software Development Engineer, Dot.Cy Developments Ltd., Nicosia, Cyprus (2006-2009)

Software Development Engineer Intern, Microsoft, Nicosia, Cyprus (2006)

Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Research Interests

Usable Security, Human Computer Interaction, User Authentication, Human Interaction Proofs, Security in Mixed Reality, Intelligent User Interfaces, Data Analytics, Eye-tracking, User Modeling, Personalization, Human Cognition.

Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

  • Deputy Course Leader, MSc Cybersecurity
  • Modules Taught: Cyber Defence, Cyber Warfare, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Web Application Development, Databases, Programming and Problem Solving (with Python), Explorations into Computer Science

Administrative Roles

  • Member, Innovation & Enterprise Subcommittee

Selective Publications

Journals

  • Belk, M., Fidas, C., Germanakos, P., Samaras, G. (2017). The interplay between humans, technology and user authentication: a cognitive processing perspective. Computers in Human Behavior, 76, Elsevier, 184-200
  • Belk, M., Fidas, C., Germanakos, P., Samaras, G. (2015). Do human cognitive differences in information processing affect preference and performance of CAPTCHA?. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 84, Elsevier, 1-18
  • Belk, M., Fidas, C., Germanakos, P., Samaras, G. (2015). A personalized user authentication approach based on individual differences in information processing. Interacting with Computers, 27(6), Oxford University Press, 706-723
  • Belk, M., Papatheocharous, E., Germanakos, P., Samaras G. (2013). Modeling users on the world wide web based on cognitive factors, navigation behavior and clustering techniques. Journal of Systems and Software, 86(12), Elsevier, 2995-3012

Conferences

  • Constantinides, A., Fidas, C., Belk, M., Samaras, G. (2018). On sociocultural-centered graphical passwords: An initial framework. ACM SIGCHI Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2018), ACM Press, 277-284
  • Constantinides, A., Belk, M., Fidas, C., Samaras, G. (2018). On cultural-centered graphical passwords: Leveraging on users’ cultural experiences for improving password memorability. ACM User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP 2018), ACM Press, 245-249
  • Katsini, C., Fidas, C., Raptis, G., Belk, M., Samaras, G., Avouris, N. (2018). Influences of human cognition and visual behavior on password security during picture password composition. ACM SIGCHI Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018), ACM Press, paper 87
  • Katsini, C., Fidas, C., Raptis, G., Belk, M., Samaras, G., Avouris, N. (2018). Eye gaze-driven prediction of cognitive differences during graphical password composition. ACM Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2018), ACM Press, 147-152
  • Belk, M., Pamboris, A., Fidas, C., Katsini, C., Avouris, N., Samaras, G. (2017). Sweet-spotting security and usability for intelligent graphical authentication mechanisms. ACM Web Intelligence (WI 2017), ACM Press, 252-259
  • Raptis, G., Katsini, C., Belk, M., Fidas, C., Samaras, G., Avouris, N. (2017). Using eye gaze data and visual activities to infer human cognitive styles: method and feasibility studies. ACM User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP 2017), ACM Press, 164-173
  • Katsini, C., Fidas, C., Belk, M., Avouris, N., Samaras, G. (2017). Influences of users’ cognitive strategies on graphical password composition. ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017), ACM Press, 2698-2705
  • Portugal, D., Belk, M., Hanke, S., Müllner-Rieder, M., Sales Dias, M., Quintas, J., Glauser, C., Christodoulou, E., Samaras, G., Snene, M., Konstantas, D. (2016). CogniWin: An integrated framework to support older adults at work. ACM User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP 2016), ACM Press
  • Fidas, C., Hussmann, H., Belk, M., Samaras, G. (2015). iHIP: Towards a user centric individual human interaction proof framework. ACM SIGCHI Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2015), ACM Press, 2235-2240
  • Belk, M., Germanakos, P., Fidas, C., Samaras, G. (2014). A personalization method based on human factors for improving usability of user authentication tasks. User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization (UMAP 2014), Springer-Verlag, 13-24 [Best Paper Award Nomination and Honorable Mention]
  • Belk, M., Germanakos, P., Fidas, C., Holzinger, A., Samaras, G. (2013). Towards the personalization of CAPTCHA mechanisms based on individual differences in cognitive processing. Human Factors in Computing and Informatics (SOUTH-CHI 2013), Springer-Verlag, 409-426 [Best Paper Award]
  • Belk, M., Fidas, C., Germanakos, P., Samaras, G. (2012). Do cognitive styles of users affect preference and performance related to CAPTCHA challenges?. ACM SIGCHI Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012), ACM Press, 1487-1492

Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations

  • ACM Intelligent User Interfaces 2018, Tokyo, Japan, March 2018. Eye gaze-driven prediction of cognitive differences during graphical password composition (Paper presentation)
  • ACM Web Intelligence 2017, Leipzig, Germany, August 2017. Sweet-spotting security and usability for intelligent graphical authentication mechanisms (Paper presentation)
  • ACM User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization 2016, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, July 2016. Cogniwin: An integrated framework to support older adults at work (System demonstration)
  • ACM Web Intelligence 2015, Singapore, December 2015. Towards a human-centered e-commerce personalization framework (Paper presentation)
  • ACM CHI 2015, Seoul, South Korea, April 2015. iHIP: Towards a user centric individual human interaction proof framework (Paper presentation)
  • User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization 2014, Aalborg, Denmark, July 2014. A personalization method based on human factors for improving usability of user authentication tasks (Paper presentation)
  • User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization 2013, Rome, Italy, July 2013. Studying the effect of human cognition on user authentication tasks (Paper presentation)
  • ACM CHI 2012, Austin, Texas, USA, April 2012. Do cognitive styles of users affect preference and performance related to CAPTCHA challenges? (Paper presentation)

Selective Research Funding/ Grant Capture

  • H2020-PHC-2014: GrowMeUp, Researcher (design and development of the cloud knowledge base and ICT services), €3,400,000, 2015-2018
  • AAL-2013-6-114: CogniWin – Cognitive Support for Older Adults at Work, Technical Manager (design, development and evaluation of the intelligent computer mouse software), €3,639,000, 2014-2016
  • FP7-ICT-2013-10: Miraculous-Life for Elderly Independent Living, Researcher (design and development of the data management system and ICT services), €3,200,000, 2013-2016
  • Research Promotion Foundation Cyprus: PersonaWeb – Personalizing Generic Web Environments, Technical Manager (design, development and evaluation of the core personalization system), €150,000, 2012-2015
  • FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IAPP-285870: Social Robot to Support Elderly at Home, Marie Curie Research Fellow (design and development of the data management system and ICT services), €493,000, 2011-2015
  • UCY Internal-funded Projects: SmarTag Framework for the Adaptation of Generic Web Environments, Technical Manager (design, development and evaluation of the core personalization system), €93,000, 2010-2012
  • Research Promotion Foundation Cyprus: MELCO – Mobile Elderly Living Community, Researcher (design and evaluation of the core mobile interactive system), €130,000, 2009-2011

Supervision of Projects/PhDs

  • Argyris Constantinides (PhD, co-supervisor): Sociocultural-centered Adaptive Graphical Passwords: Improving Password Security and Memorability based on Users’ Sociocultural Experiences (2018-)

Scholarships/Awards

  • PhD Finalist at the ERCIM 2016 Cor Baayen Young Researcher Award – European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, 2016
  • H2020 Seal of Excellence for a high-quality project proposal in a highly competitive evaluation process, namely CogniPass – Cognition-based Personalised Authentication SchemeS. In Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
  • Best Paper Award Nomination and Honorable Mention at the International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP 2014), 2014
  • Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Human Factors in Computing and Informatics (SOUTH-CHI 2013), 2013

Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

  • Publicity Chair, ACM User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization Conference (UMAP 2019), 2019
  • Organizer of the International Workshop on Human Aspects in Adaptive and Personalized Interactive Environments (HAAPIE 2016), in conjunction with ACM UMAP 2016, 2016
  • Program Committee Member at AAAI ICWSM 2018, 2017, 2016
  • Reviewer in ACM CHI, ACM UMAP

Reviewer in Journals: ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, Computers in Human Behavior, Human-Computer Studies, Interacting with Computers, Journal of Systems and Software, Journal of Information Security and Applications, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence Re