Dr Leonie Simpson

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Faculty of Science,
School of Computer Science

Personal details


Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science,
School of Computer Science


Information Security, Cryptography, Symmetric Encryption, Stream Ciphers, Block Ciphers, Authenticated Encryption, Authenticated Encryption with Associated Data, Key Derivation Functions, Cryptanalysis, Communications Security

Research field

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Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
  • BAppSc(Hons) (Queensland University of Technology)
  • BA (University of Queensland)
  • DipTeach(Secondary) (Brisbane College of Adv. Ed.)

Professional memberships and associations

Member of

  • International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR)
  • Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS)
  • Australian Information Security Association (AISA)


Teaching discipline:

Computer Science

Current teaching: Leonie is a Senior Lecturer and is currently the unit coordinator for the following QUT units:

  • IFN541 Information Security Management (Semester 1)
    • Postgraduate unit, around 35 students enrolled
  • CAB240 Information Security (Semester 2)
    • Undergraduate unit, around 530 students enrolled

Past teaching: Leonie has previously developed and taught these units at QUT:

  • CAB240 Information Security (2014 - present)
    • Undergraduate unit, increasing number of students enrolled per offering, over 500 students in 2020 and in 2021
  • IFN648 Applied Cryptography (2020)
    • Postgraduate unit
  • IFN553 Introduction to Security and Networking (2020, Semester 1 and 2)
    • Postgraduate micro unit (6cp), also development of the associated online unit IFQ533
  • IFN642 Applied Cryptography and Network Security (2017 - 2019)
    • Postgraduate unit, approximately 75 students per offering

Research supervision: During her time at QUT, Leonie has supervised eleven PhD students to completion and one Masters by Research student to completion. She is currently supervising three PhD students and one Masters by research student in the areas of:

  • Cryptographic applications of Boolean functions
  • Applying cryptography to secure vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications
  • Cybersecurity information sharing
  • Cyber resilience in rapidly changing environments
  • Authentication in industrial control systems


Selected publications

QUT ePrints

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Current supervisions