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Staff Profile

Dr Yang Lu

Lecturer in Computer Science

Before I joined York St John University in 2021, I worked at the University of Kent as a postdoctoral researcher on PriVELT: PRIvacy-aware personal data management and Value Enhancement for Leisure Travellers, an EPSRC-funded project (2018-2021).

I did my PhD in eHealth, cyber security, artificial intelligence, and semantic web technology at the University of Melbourne, Australia (2014-2018).

My research interests include information security, trustworthy data space, privacy protection in cyber-physical world, social media, and digital solutions in smart cities.


I currently teach on the following modules at York St John University in the School of Science, Technology and Health:

  • COM4001M Programming01
  • COM5003M Networking


My research interests include Cyber Security (human privacy, information security, digital footprints, and privacy policy), Semantic Web Engineering, Trustworthy Data Sharing, Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing, Blockchain, Digital Supply Chains in the sectors of health, food and agriculture, as well as manufacturing.



Chaosheng Feng, Keping Yu, Ali Kashif Bashir, Yasser D. AI-Otaibi, Yang Lu, Shengbo Chen, Di Zhang. Efficient and Secure Data Sharing for 5G Flying Drones: A Blockchain-Enabled Approach. IEEE Network, 35(1), 130-137.

Shi, N., Tan, L., Yang, C., He, C., Xu, J., Yang Lu., & Xu, H. (2020). BacS: A blockchain-based access control scheme in distributed internet of things. Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications, 1-15.

Ioannou, A., Tussyadiah, I., & Yang Lu. (2020). Privacy concerns and disclosure of biometric and behavioral data for travel. International Journal of Information Management, 54, 102122.

Yang Lu, Athina Ioannou, Iis Tussyadiah and Shujun Li (2020). Segmenting travelers based on responses to nudging for information disclosure. e-Review of Tourism Research 17, no. 3 (2019): 394-406.

Yang Lu & Richard O. Sinnott (2018). Semantic privacy-preserving framework for electronic health record linkage, Telematics and Informatics, Volume 35, Issue 4, Pages 737-752.

Yang Lu, Richard O. Sinnott & Karin Verspoor. (2017). A Semantic-Based K-Anonymity Scheme for Health Record Linkage. Studies in health technology and informatics, Volume 239: Integrating and Connecting Care. 239:84-90.

Book Chapter

Lu, Y. (2021). Securing Smart Connected World: Key Challenges and Possible Solutions. In Smart Connected World (pp. 91-106). Springer, Cham.

Yang Lu & Richard O. Sinnott (2020). Security and privacy solutions for smart healthcare systems. In Innovation in Health Informatics (pp. 189-216). Academic Press.


Yang Lu & Shujun Li (2020). From Data Flows to Privacy Issues: A User-Centric Semantic Model for Representing and Discovering Privacy Issues. 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Maui, Hawaii, USA.

Yang Lu, Shujun Li, Athina Ioannou & Iis Tussyadiah (2019). From Data Disclosure to Privacy Nudges: A Privacy-aware and User-centric Personal Data Management Framework. In International Conference on Dependability in Sensor, Cloud, and Big Data Systems and Applications (pp. 262-276). Springer, Singapore.

Yang Lu, Richard O. Sinnott, Karin Verspoor & Udaya Parampalli. (2018). Privacy-Preserving Access Control in Electronic Health Record Linkage. 17th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, New York, USA.

Yang Lu, Richard O. Sinnott & Karin Verspoor. (2018). Semantic-based Policy Composition for Privacy-demanding Data Linkage. 17th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, August 2018, New York, USA.

Yang Lu & Richard O. Sinnott, Semantic-based Privacy Protection of Electronic Health Records for Collaborative Research, 15th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (Trustcom 2016), August 2016, Tianjin, China.

Yang Lu & Richard O. Sinnott, Semantic Security for e-Health: A Case Study in Enhanced Access Control, 12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced and Trusted Computing (ATC 2015), 10-14, August, Beijing, China.

Bo Sun, Yang Lu, Xiaoyan Hu & Yungang Wei, An Interactive Tool for Teaching Right Management in 3D E-learning Platform, 12th ACM International Conference on Virtual Reality Continuum and Its Application in Industry (VRCAI 2013), 17-19, November. Hong Kong, China.

Yun-gang Wei, Yang Lu, Xiao-yan Hu & Bo Sun, Research and Application of Access Control Models in 3D Virtual Reality System OpenSim, 6th IEEE International Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Design (ISCID 2013), 28-30, October. Hangzhou, China.

Professional Activities

Technical Program Committees:

  • European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS)
  • IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Internet Computing
  • IEEE Trustcom
  • Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
  • International Semantic Intelligence Conference (ISIC)
  • Workshop on AI for Privacy (AI4P) at ECAI

Journal Review Board: 

  • Ad Hoc Networks
  • Applied Sciences
  • Computers & Security
  • Electronics Letters
  • IEEE Access
  • IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
  • IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering
  • IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine
  • Information Technology & People
  • Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
  • Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • Journal of Information Security and Applications
  • Sensors

Membership of Professional Bodies:

  • IEEE Computer Society
  • UK ACM SIGCSE Chapter
  • Health Informatics Society of Australia
  • National Centre for Computing Education
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