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Trust in home: rethinking interface design in the Internet of Things Workshop

IoT systems in smart homes present several privacy challenges. While GDPR creates a general duty for data controllers to implement privacy by default and privacy by design, this obligation requires taking into account the state-of-the-art. However, the state-of-the-art in the smart home context is in its infancy, requiring research into building accountability and trust via the appropriate design of user interface and access control systems. To this end, the THRIDI project aims to foster collaboration within an interdisciplinary community in a design workshop on the following topics:

* How to ensure end-user engagement for dynamic and on-demand creation of data-sharing policies in smart homes.

* How to tackle users' lack of knowledge of security and privacy and their experience with managing their devices.

* How to avoid privacy fatigue while ensuring appropriate levels of user agency.

* How to manage shared ownership and control of objects.

* How to ensure regulatory compliance.

* How regulation on consumer IoT products and data protection can support technical and design standards that are genuinely privacy-friendly to and usable by end-users.

Our speakers are:

Prof Abi Durrant, PhD - Professor of Interaction Design, Open Lab, School of Computing, Urban Sciences Building - Newcastle University

Bio: I am an interaction design practitioner and researcher, predominantly working in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), at Open Lab, Newcastle University: https://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/.  

My research addresses the significant design challenges that we face for managing identity in our everyday interactions with digital technologies and personal data. I have explored trusted data sharing and the digital representation of individuals and communities in different contexts, including the home, and within family relationships, neighbourhoods, and local community settings. I have a longstanding interest in design research methods for interdisciplinary projects (www.abigaildurrant.com/) and am steering committee member for Research through Design (RTD) Conference: www.researchthroughdesign.org.

I am currently Principal Investigator for the EPSRC-funded project 'INTUIT: Interaction Design for Trusted Sharing of Personal Health Data to Live Well with HIV': https://intuitproject.org/. INTUIT explores issues of trust, identity and privacy that are experienced by people living with HIV when sharing self-generated data with clinicians, peers, and others, for the purposes of self-managing their condition. I am also Co-Investigator of EPSRC Playing Out with IoT, exploring how Internet of Things (IoT) technologies can be developed to support children under 9 years old to create free play outside in their neighbourhoods: http://playingout.digital/. I am Co-Director of the new EPSRC Centre for Digital Citizens launching Autumn 2020 (EP/T022582/1).


  1. Dr Poonam Yadav - Department of Computer Science - University of York

Bio: Dr. Yadav is currently a Lecturer (~Assistant Professor) in the Computer Science Department at the University of York, UK, and a visiting research fellow at Computer Lab, Cambridge University. Her research is focused on making the Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing-based distributed systems resilient, reliable, and robust. Dr. Yadav is an active reviewer of many top-tier ACM/IEEE IoT and networking conferences and journals. Dr. Yadav leads ACM-W UK professional chapter and is featured as "People of ACM Europe" and among the top ten N2Women Rising Star in Computer networking and communications in 2020.


  1. Dr Lachlan D. Urquhart Lecturer in Technology Law, University of Edinburgh.

Bio: Lachlan Urquhart is a Lecturer in Technology Law at the University of Edinburgh and Visiting Researcher at Horizon, University of Nottingham. He has a multidisciplinary background in computer science (PhD) and law (LL.B; LL.M). His main research interests are in human computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, data protection and cybersecurity. He has won over £2m in grants from funding bodies including from EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC, Universitas 21, Impact Accelerator Funds, and Research Priority Funds. For recent publications and project activities see here.



WorkshopThe workshop will aim to create a free-thinking and collaborative environment, involving 25-30 participants using online collaboration and communication tools. All participation in the workshop will be recorded and transcribed. Selected participants may indicate at a later stage if they would like to opt in to be referred to by name in a research report concerning this study.

We expect the workshop to be especially suited to researchers in academia, industry, and public sector specialising in IoT, network security, privacy-enhancing technologies, user interface design, law, and policy. We are looking for researchers who enjoy stepping outside their area of expertise or interest, enjoy creative activities and teamwork. The workshop requires you to brainstorm and apply design thinking to different scenarios with other researchers you may not know. We aim to chart out some of the challenges in this space and come up with initial ideas of design solutions that may underpin future collaborative opportunities.

As the workshop will be run fully online, we expect participants to have access to a laptop and broadband Internet connection. Please indicate if there are any limitations to your participation, and we will aim to assist the best we can.