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


Project description

The aim of the project is to foster collaboration within an interdisciplinary community in the area of user-friendly trust management interfaces for IoT in smart home settings.

The starting point will be a workshop held in November 2020, which will represent a valuable opportunity to define the scope, approaches and priorities for future research, and also to highlight research and industry interests that can lead to further collaboration. The workshop will aim to create a free-thinking and collaborative environment, involving 25-30 participants using online collaboration and communication tools. 

IoT systems need to be discussed from a view of UX/UI and IoT design. A rudimentary and catch-all approach to safeguard IoT systems is through access control infrastructures, which require high levels of privacy and security expertise to administer them. This area is currently an under-research requiring interdisciplinary expertise from computer science, communications engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, user-centric design, and law. To this end, the THRIDI project fills a critical gap by using creative design approaches in eliciting understandings around the perceptions of the functions, value and ethics of IoT smart home devices among multidisciplinary stakeholders.

The project objectives include:

  1. To run an interdisciplinary two-day design workshop with a mix of experts from academia, industry, and public sector and early-career researchers, specialising in IoT, network security, privacy-enhancing technologies, user-interface design, law, and policy.
  2. Chart out new approaches to legibility, agency and negotiability for data sharing in IoT. We will investigate technical methods and standards that can support a user-centric design for building user trust. These new approaches will consider the technical, legal and business barriers and opportunities that will shape the implementation.
  3. Create working groups of suitable academic and industrial partners to focus on the open research questions identified in the workshop. We aim to develop project proposals for obtaining funding for cooperative research projects and specifically, other user-led design workshops with focus groups composed of identified stakeholder groups (i.e., elderly care groups in a smart healthcare scenario).
  4. Disseminate the output of the workshop in a report to inform the community of user-centric design methods for meaningful access control in IoT.

Key dates 



Call launched

August 13

Call closes

October 15

Participant selection

November 1


November 19-20