Call: Trust in home: Rethinking interface design in the Internet of Things (THRIDI*) design workshop

Call for Participants

Trust in home: Rethinking interface design in the Internet of Things (THRIDI*) design workshop
19-20 November, 2020

Call closes: October 15
Participant selection: November 1

We would like to invite colleagues from all career stages (including PhD students) and all relevant fields (IoT, security, HCI, design, sociology, law, etc) for a two-day online design workshop “Trust in home: rethinking interface design in the Internet of Things (THRIDI)” on 19-20 November. The idea is to identify some of the gaps in design and regulation of UI for IoT technologies by co-designing the solutions for a range of hypothetical use cases in groups, which would hopefully lead to future research collaborations with colleagues from different disciplinary backgrounds.

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.

We are delighted to announce our expert speakers: Prof Abigail Durrant (Professor of Interaction Design, Newcastle), Dr Lachlan Urquhart (Lecturer in Technology Law, Edinburgh) and Dr Poonam Yadav (Lecturer in Computer Science, York).

More information about the project can be found here:

If this is of interest to you or any of your colleagues, please let us know via this form:

With the support from the EPSRC Human-Data Interaction NetworkPlus within the theme of IoT, System Design, and the Law, we are able to offer participants of the workshop a £50 e-voucher.

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