Charley’s key contribution has been in being the main driver for Edinburgh Napier University winning the University Cipher Challenge 2015, and which was assessed by GCHQ. The University Cipher Challenge involves universities creating their own ciphers, and then other universities trying to crack them. It is open to every university in the UK, and Edinburgh Napier University has been a finalist in each year, but this year we won the competition, cracking more cipher codes than any other university.
Charley took a lead role in cracking the ciphers produced by the finalists, including from RHUL (Royal Holloway), Teesside, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Bristol and Sunderland. His drive and intellect saw him crack several of the ciphers produced by the other universities, and he played a lead role in mentoring other students in the team, always guiding them in the correct direction with a helpful and positive attitude.
He is currently a PhD student within the School of Computing, and is researching into machine learning in malware analysis.