Julio Hernandez-Castro 

Professor of Computer Security
School of Computing, University of Kent
 Cornwallis South Building, Canterbury CT2 7NF, UK
Office 120
 Phone: +44 (0) 1227 (82) 3793

 My research interests range from Cryptology (particularly Lightweight Crypto) to Randomness, Steganography & Steganalysis, including Computer & Network Security, Computer Forensics, CAPTCHAs, and RFID Security.

I am also associated with the Kent Cyber Security Center

Active Projects 

(in bold if Principal Investigator)


EPSRC SeeK 2016-2019

H2020 RAMSES 2016-2019

Kent Digital Media Archive 2016

H2020 COST CRYPTACUS 2014-2018 (vice-Chair)


InnovateUK authenticatedSelf (aS) 2014-2017

For an up to date list of publications, you can visit my Scholar author profile.

 My Erdos number is 3, with the path  Quisquater - Odlyzko - Erdos

 I love cooperation and company, so if you share some of my interests and want to apply for a Marie Curie position at Kent, for a Ph.D. scholarship, or if you are self-funded don't hesitate to drop me a line.     

 I have supervised a bunch of Ph.D. students so far, these as main or only supervisor:


Dr. Pedro Peris Lopez (RFID Security, Lightweight Cryptography, currently at Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain)

Dr. Jorge Blasco Alis (Steganography & Steganalysis with Data Leakage Prevention, currently a Lecturer at Royal Holloway, London) 


Tom Sloan (Video Steganography) at Kent


I have been a reviewer for the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS - Belgium), for L'Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR-France) and also for the Czech Science Foundation.

I am a Member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and of IFIP WG 11.2

Chess is my main hobby. For checking how I am doing, visit my FIDE Chess profile, or go to to my Rating Progress Chart for some embarrassing data.

For laughing at some of my games, or preparing against me, you could do much worse than visiting this excellent ChessTempo web with my games.