Professor Richard Buckland

Professor Richard Buckland

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Professor Richard Buckland is the Director of First Year Experience of UNSW.

Richard is Professor in CyberCrime Cyberwar and Cyberterror at the School of Computer Science and Engineering UNSW, Visiting Professor in Educational Design at the National University of Malaysia UKM, and Grand Challenge Visiting Professor in CyberSecurity at Taylors University.

He was Director of Professional Education and Chair of the Academic Board of the Australian Computer Sociery, Director of Education of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. He is the Director of the UNSW/CommBank Security Engineering Capability partnership -SecEDU, and long term member of the UNSW Academic Board and the University Academic Quality Committee.

He was the 2008 Australian and New Zealand Engineering Educator of the Year (Engineers Australia) and the 2013 Australian ICT Educator of the Year (iAwards) and has been the recipient of 10 peer reviewed awards in teaching and education including awards from the Australian College of Educators and the The Australian Learning and Teaching Council. He pioneered the first Australian MOOC, has hundreds of thousands of students and millions of views online, and is co-founder of social education platform

His research areas lie in Education and Teaching, and in Cyber Security and Security Engineering. Currently he is working on the affective domain (emotions, belief, motivation and feelings), learning communities and kindness, non-mark based motivation in online education, and engineering secure electronic elections in untrusted environments.

Richard has a love for teaching and a deep faith in the potential of all his students. He has taught over 10,000 students face to face at numerous levels including primary school, high school, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students, and hundreds of thousands of students electronically. He has a passionate belief in the importance of education, of learning, of thinking. He has a particular interest in unconventional students: including gifted and talented students and students with learning difficulties.

Before commencing his second degree he worked as an actuary and management consultant - which was not a patch on being a teacher :) His hobbies include being a husband and dad, reading everything, cinema, bush regeneration, breaking things, puzzles, games, music, speaking in the third person, and being a rascal.

  • Journal articles | 2012
    Buckland RJ; Wen R, 2012, 'The Future of E-voting in Australia', IEEE Security and Privacy, 10, pp. 25 - 32,
  • Conference Papers | 2019
    Chow YW; Susilo W; Wang J; Buckland R; Baek J; Kim J; Li N, 2019, 'Protecting the Visual Fidelity of Machine Learning Datasets Using QR Codes', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 320 - 335,
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Wu P; Guo H; Buckland R, 2019, 'A Transfer Learning Approach for Network Intrusion Detection', in 2019 4th IEEE International Conference on Big Data Analytics, ICBDA 2019, pp. 281 - 285,
    Conference Papers | 2011
    Buckland RJ; Teague V; Wen R, 2011, 'Towards Best Practice for E-election Systems: Lessons from Trial and Error in Australian Elections', in E-Voting and Identity - Third International Conference, VoteID 2011, Tallinn, Estonia, September 28-30, 2011, Springer, Tallinn, pp. 224 - 241, presented at E-Voting and Identity, 3rd International Conference, VOTE-ID 2011, Tallinn, 28 September 2011 - 30 September 2011,
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Wen R; Buckland RJ, 2009, 'Masked Ballot Voting for Receipt-Free Online Elections', in E-Voting and Identity, Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg, pp. 18 - 36, presented at E-Voting and Identity, 2nd International Conference, VOTE-ID 2009, Luxembourg, 07 September 2009 - 08 September 2009,
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Wen R; Buckland RJ, 2009, 'Minimum Disclosure Counting for the Alternative Vote', in E-Voting and Identity, Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg, pp. 122 - 140, presented at E-Voting and Identity, 2nd International Conference, VOTE-ID 2009, Luxembourg, 07 September 2009 - 08 September 2009,