Wearables - the Last Year's Hype

More and more devices, claiming to make us fitter, stronger, and healthier were flooding the marked over the last couple of years. While those devices started out as mere ‘smart’ pedometers to count our steps during the day and magically transferring the collected data to the cloud for users to view in online dashboards or on their phone. Over the years, additional sensors and metrics, such as sleep quality, heart rate, VOmax or even stress have been added to those smart gadgets. But the question remains: How smart, accurate and suitable are those wearables really?

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Privacy-Preserving time-Series Data Analysis

An increasing number of sensors on mobile, Internet of things (IoT), and wearable devices generate time-series measurements of physical activities. Though access to the sensory data is critical to the success of many beneficial applications such as health monitoring or activity recognition, a wide range of potentially sensitive information about the individuals can also be discovered through access to sensory data and this cannot easily be protected using traditional privacy approaches.

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Privacy-Preserving Analytics using Edge Computing

A recent NSF report and a number of security and privacy disasters in the IoT space (see the blog post on Schneier’s blog) highlighted the challenges and opportunities in Edge Computing, leveraging the high processing capabilities and low latency offered at the edge of the network (IoT devices, smartphones, cloudlets) for achieving scalable yet secure and private analytics. Recently we put a few papers on ArXiv, focusing on Privacy-Preserving Analytics using smartphones and constrained devices on the network (such as a Raspberry Pi and Smartphones). I encourage the privacy, machine learning, and mobile computing enthusiasts to read these papers and kindly provide us with any feedback on the analytics which can improve the research efforts in this space.

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Designing an open source IoT Hub with MQTT and Android

With constantly evolving hardware and increased competitiveness from manufacturers in the construction of the IoT enabled home, the difficulty in managing and securing the multitude of internet enabled devices at any individual’s disposal is ever greater, with competing applications tailored to manage Bluetooth devices, Wi-Fi Direct or NFC enabled “things”. While the means of connectivity are ever increasing, the lack of a single standard of IoT connectivity as well as the lack of a single interoperability solution difficult consumer adoption of an internet enabled home.

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Joining Imperial College London from November 2017

I will be joining the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London from November 2017 as a Senior Lecturer (~Associate Professor) in the Faculty of Engineering. I will be contuing my research in the areas of Networked Systems, Privacy, Sensing, IoT with a stronger focus on building large-scale, user-centred systems. I will be recruiting a number of postdocs this year and PhD students next year. So please keep in touch with me via h.surname@imperial.ac.uk

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Our response to VPN providers' request & reactions

We have had a lot of interest in some of our recent work: “A Glance through the VPN Looking Glass: IPv6 Leakage and DNS Hijacking in Commercial VPN Clients”, which has just been published at the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium in Philadelphia. We’re delighted this has made a positive impact, with many VPNs announcing fixes to deal with the issues we raised and notified them all months before publishing the paper. However, we wanted to add a few extra comments in light of the statements made in recent days.

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