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Teddy Cunningham

About Me

I am a postgraduate research student at the Department of Computer Science. I am currently studying towards my PhD in Urban Science under the supervision of Professor Hakan Ferhatosmanoglu. I graduated from the University of Bristol with a First Class degree in Civil Engineering. I was also fortunate to spend part of my undergraduate studies abroad, at the University of Sydney. My previous work at the University of Bristol involved the completion of a substantial project concerning the design of a sustainable community with a particular focus on innovative and sustainable transport.


Although open data release is becoming more widespread, location data is aggregated and anonymised to such an extent that it is no longer useful for popular analytical tasks (e.g. facility location, hotspot mapping). My main research focus is on developing algorithms that can privatise location data, such that the privacy of all individuals in a dataset is maintained, whilst also ensuring that the patterns and relationships present in the real data are preserved as much as possible. Whilst my work currently focuses on location data, the same approach can be used to protect other sensitive datasets, such as medical data and financial transactions.

Other research projects with which I am involved are:

  • Trajectory-aware facility location in the (micro-)mobility sector
  • Measuring and improving access (via public transport) to key points of interest in the West Midlands region
  • Measuring and improving access to medical facilities in slum regions

In collaboration with Chris Conlan, we have developed the open-source Transport Accessibility Tool, which assesses, analyses, and visualises accessibility via the public transport network to key services in the West Midlands region.


Teddy Cunningham, Graham Cormode, Hakan Ferhatosmanoglu, and Divesh Srivastava. 2021. Real-World Trajectory Sharing with Local Differential Privacy. PVLDB, 14(11): 2283 - 2295. doi: 10.14778/3476249.3476280

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Teddy Cunningham, Graham Cormode, and Hakan Ferhatosmanoglu. 2021. Privacy-Preserving Synthetic Location Data in the Real World. In 17th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (SSTD ’21). doi: 10.1145/3469830.3470893

[paper] -- [video] -- [slides]

Chris Conlan, Teddy Cunningham, Gunduz Vehbi Demirci, and Hakan Ferhatosmanoglu. 2021. Collective Shortest Paths for Minimizing Congestion on Temporal Load-Aware Road Networks. In 14th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science (IWCTS’21). doi: 10.1145/3486629.3490691

[paper] -- [video] -- [slides]

Susan M. Grant-Muller, Mahmoud Abdelrazek, Hannah Budnitz, Caitlin D. Cottrill, Fiona Crawford, Charisma F. Choudhury, Teddy Cunningham, Gillian Harrison, Frances C. Hodgson, Jinhyun Hong, Adam Martin, Oliver O’Brien, Claire Papaix, Panagiotis Tsoleridis. 2021. Technology Enabled Data for Sustainable Transport Policy In: Vickerman, Roger, (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Transportation. Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 135-141. ISBN 9780081026724 doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-102671-7.10627-X


Teaching and Outreach

In the 2021/22 academic year, I will be assisting with the delivery of Research Methods (CS908). I am also a Maths Tutor for The Brilliant Club's National Tutoring Programme. The programme seeks to rebuild the confidence of secondary school pupils in key subjects in light of lost schooling due to the pandemic.

In previous academic years, I have helped with the delivery of Professional Skills (CS133), Engineering Design (ES192), Statics and Structures (ES196), Digitial Cities (IM927), Civil Engineering Design (ES2C2), and Functional Programming (CS141).


I am currently working from home in London, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I am available to meet virtually during normal office hours - email me to arrange a time. I occasionally visit the University's campus and I can be found in 4.20, in the Mathematical Sciences Building.



Teddy dot Cunningham at warwick dot ac dot uk

University of Warwick,
Coventry, CV4 7AL