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Kovila is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Computer Science within the Cyber Security Group at King’s College London. Her research is at the intersection of privacy, security, AI and human-computer interaction, with a keen interest in disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised user communities. Her research has been published at top-tier venues.

Prior to joining King’s, Kovila was an Academic Track Research Fellow at the Secure & Resilient Systems Group at Newcastle University. She obtained her PhD in the area of usable privacy at Cranfield University (Defence & Security campus in Shrivenham), her MSc Information Security with distinction, at Royal Holloway University of London and her BEng Computer Science & Engineering with first class honours, at the University of Mauritius.

Research interests

  • Privacy
  • Cybersecurity
  • Usable privacy & security
  • Human-centred AI
  • Safe and equitable online experiences 

PhD supervision

Kovila is on the lookout for PhD students across her research interests, including across user communities and technology contexts. Interested candidates are invited to email her a CV, short research proposal and previous publications.

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