Anirban Basu

Anirban Basu

Researcher in Computational Trust, Privacy and Security

Hitachi R&D

University of Sussex

IFIP WG 11.11 Trust Management


With more than a decade of research experience within both academia and industry, I have co-authored 70+ research papers and 30+ Japanese patents. My publications have been cited more than 2,000 times setting my overall h-index to over 20 (source: Google Scholar). My current research is based on a user-empowering view of computational trust in human-machine interactions; and the role of computational trust in security and privacy. The areas of research that interest me include, but are not limited to computational trust systems, AI security, AI ethics and causal modelling, distributed consensus, privacy and risk, and privacy preserving data mining. I like working on complex problems that require multi-disciplinary approaches. Outside research and the related stuff, I am keen on photography, videography and the associated travels.
  • 2-pages curriculum vitae / résumé [PDF],
  • full list of publications, grouped by year [PDF], and
  • full list of publications, grouped by type [PDF].
  • Computational trust
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Privacy and security
  • Distributed systems
  • Indian classical music
  • Photography
  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, 2010

    University of Sussex

  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Computer Systems Engineering, 2004

    University of Sussex

Recent publications

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The ethical implications of using digital traces: studying explainability and trust during a pandemic
Thinking about Trust: People, Process, and Place
Accountable cross-border data sharing using blockchain under relaxed trust assumption
Post-quantum zk-SNARKs for Arithmetic Circuit
Verification of Process Suitability for creating Trust in Supply Chains


April 2022 – Present Tokyo/Yokohama, Japan
Teaching fundamentals of computational trust and trust systems to researchers from a number of disciplines.
Associate Tutor
October 2004 – January 2010 Brighton, UK
Between 2004 and 2010, as an Associate Tutor at the University of Sussex, I have had teaching duties in the following courses in the (erstwhile) Department of Informatics and in the Department of Engineering and Design. Duties as an Associate Tutor included laboratory supervision, marking, course design and occasional lecturing at the post-graduate level. Sometimes some of the undergraduate courses were taken by Masters students too.
  • Introduction to Information Technology (Foundation)
  • Program Design (Undergraduate)
  • Databases (Undergraduate)
  • Data Structures (Undergraduate)
  • Technical Communication Skills (Undergraduate)
  • Internet Technologies (Undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Software Design (Undergraduate)
  • Web-based commerce (Post-graduate -- Masters)


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Work experience

Recent and selected

Senior Researcher
October 2018 – Present Yokohama, Japan
Working on several public and privately funded projects with international collaborations in topics such as computational trust systems, AI security and process mining with applications in supply-chains, healthcare, and so on.
Honorary Research Fellow
April 2020 – Present Brighton, UK
An Honorary Research Fellow within the Foundation of Software Systems group at the School of Engineering and Informatics.
May 2015 – Present
Secretary within the Executive Committee of the IFIP Working Group 11.11 on Trust Management.
Research Engineer
May 2013 – April 2018 Fujimino, Japan
Worked on (1) a multi-institutional EUR 3M EU-Japan Horizon 2020 funded project to realise a secure data storage and privacy-preserving analytics engine over heterogeneous multi-cloud environments spanning across national borders; and (2) a Toyota ITC and KDDI Research jointly funded collaborative project with ISTI-CNR and the University of Pisa on privacy risks in trajectory data; amongst others.
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
October 2010 – March 2013 Tokyo, Japan
Developed a privacy-preserving collaborative filtering scheme over encrypted domain and demonstrated the feasibility in real world public cloud environments as part of a multi-institutional JPY 500M+ Japanese government funded project on privacy-preserving data mining on the cloud.


Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil)
October 2004 – February 2010 Brighton, UK
  • Doctoral thesis: ‘A Reputation Framework for Behavioural History’ proposed a high-level, generalised, policy-independent and contextaware framework to build and share reputations of network clients based on their behavioural history in order to inform future interactions.
  • Supervisors: Prof. Ian Wakeman and Dr. Dan Chalmers.
Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
October 2001 – June 2004 Brighton, UK
  • Final year project: ‘ARCOLite – a visualisation system for viewing museum artefacts’ presented a lightweight XML-based repository and a desktop visualisation in both virtual and augmented reality.

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Miscellaneous stuff


My name Anirban is a Bengali name ("অনির্বাণ", if you have Bengali fonts to see that), which means a light that shines forever. In Bengali, it sounds a bit like: aw-nee-r-baan. However, as Bengali is not a language with strict intonations, many variations of the pronunciation by non-Bengali speakers still make sense (somewhat!). In Japanese (Katakana), it is written as バス オニバン (note that the family name is written first) and pronounced (in Romanization) ba-su o-ni-ba-n.

If you would like to see how my name is written but do not have the Bengali or Japanese fonts to read the names in the paragraph above, click on the links below to see them as images.

  • Full name in Bengali, left-to-right reading order: click here.
  • Full name in Japanese, with the family name first in the left-to-right reading order: click here.

Short biography

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Dr. Anirban Basu is a Senior Researcher at Hitachi R&D in Japan, and a Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sussex in the UK. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (2010) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) in Computer Systems Engineering (2004) from the University of Sussex. His research focusses on a user-empowering view of computational trust in human-machine interactions; and the role of computational trust in security and privacy. His work has co-authored 70+ refereed publications and 30+ Japanese patents. He is particularly active within the IFIPTM computational trust management community.

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