Cocoon project update (keynote @ HT IoT 2017, BT Tower London)

bt-tower-136412156592603901-161216120758We gave a keynote at the Housing Technology’s CxO-level event, ‘The Internet of Things 2017/18‘, which was held at the BT Tower in central London on Tuesday 10th October 2017—an extremely appropriate location, given that this is the World’s highest IoT base station!

The event gathered representatives of the main UK companies of the housing sector, with a view to sharing experiences of deploying IoT systems in the wild, ideas and future directions. Quite a few companies have already been experimenting with IoT devices. Unsurprisingly, this technological move leads to impressive returns on investment, by allowing companies to become proactive about their assets and optimising resources.

Our presentation aimed to give an overview of Cocoon, presenting the latest developments and reviewing some of the risks that should be considered. Most importantly, we argued that a successful and safe IoT strategy can only be based on how users interact with your system.

Take our two surveys:

  1. Users with first-hand experience of hacking: http://bitly.com/cocoon-experience
  2. Cyber-security experts about perceived risks: http://bitly.com/cocoon-risks

Download our presentation: Slides of the presentation (pdf)

Cocoon @ dCypher Symposium 2017

We presented Cocoon at the dCypher Symposium 2017, which is a Dutch public-private network gathering researchers, teachers, manufacturers, users and policy makers to increase knowledge and expertise in the Netherlands in the area of cybersecurity.

The Symposium The symposium held 8 parallel sessions, and offered an impression of the output resulting from earlier tenders for short term, medium term (SBIR) and long term cybersecurity research, both nationally and internationally. Solutions for bridging gaps between cybersecurity higher education curricula and demands from the labor market were addressed and sharing ideas and transferring knowledge was encouraged in 16 parallel sessions and at session tables, also lectures, a demo market and a young talent career fair were to be visited.

Download our presentation: Slides of the presentation (pdf)

 

Cocoon survey of IoT usage and threat perception

We are conducting a survey on IoT usage and threat perception. This work will help us understand the emotional reactions people have when the security of IoT and other ICT devices is being breached.

If you want to participate and share your views and experiences, please fill in the survey at the address below. It should not take more than 15 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymised.

To access the questionnaire, click this link:

https://ghentpmwop.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b325lpiEKIQU93D

Thank you for your contribution and your time!

Postdoctoral position at TU/e

Our partner at Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Assistant. Apply now!

Where: Faculteit Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, TU/e
Duration: 22 months (1.0 FTE)
Start: ASAP

Job description

The Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) has several BSc and MSc programs in two separate schools. The School of Innovation Sciences focuses on the development and use of new technologies in a broad societal context. Research is multi-disciplinary, based on fundamental scientific insights and methods. Main areas of interest are economics and sociology of technological developments, sustainable innovation policy, human-technology interaction, and the history and philosophy of technology.

The Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) Group of the School of Innovation Sciences concentrates expertise in both social sciences and engineering, studying technology and its relations to humans and human well-being, within the broader context of a socially and ecologically sustainable society. The HTI group has a strong track record in education at the TU/e, running the BSc program Psychology and Technology and a (international) Master program in Human-Technology Interaction. Current research topics at the Human-Technology Interaction group include data science, affective computing, persuasive technology, virtual environments, digital gaming, recommender systems, online behavior, interactive lighting, robotics, embodied interfaces, and smart environments.

Project Context
In the past, cyberattacks would be largely limited to cyberspace, but since the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) they now routinely extend to the physical world, with smart homes, cars, wearables and other highly computerized and networked systems becoming victim to cyberattacks. In the European project ‘Cocoon: Emotion psychology meets cyber-physical security in IoT smart homes’ the focus is on smart homes. The home ought to be a safe haven where the occupant can experience a sense of privacy and control, of personal autonomy, and the integrity of one’s self and one’s family members. These qualities are at stake when the IoT network security is compromised. This project is a collaboration between TU/e,  University of Reading, University of Greenwich, Gent University, and ETH Zurich.

Goal of the project
The project combines technological research in the domain of cybersecurity and psychological research on people’s reactions to IoT or smart home related cyberattacks, including the effects on people’s relationships with their home (e.g., place attachment). By taking such interdisciplinary approach, the project aims to better understand the risks and possible long-terms consequences of cyberattacks, but also to develop and test novel tools for intrusion detection and for educating home owners in how to best manage their IoT / smart home infrastructure and data (e.g., through visualization methods). A large part of the research will be conducted in naturalistic field trials involving households in the participating countries. The HTI group will be actively involved in setting up these field trials and conducting psychological research aimed at explaining the short- and long-term effects of cyberattacks on occupants’ sense of home and related well-being.

Role and requirements

The candidate should have a PhD in environmental psychology, social psychology, human-technology interaction, or a related discipline. We are looking for candidates with an interest in developing and conducting psychological research in the context of smart homes, and to inform the user-centered design of IoT security tools. Candidates who are knowledgeable of or have an affinity with people-place relations and place attachment are in particular invited to apply. Candidates should have proven track record in managing, designing and conducting field research, and have solid experience with empirical research methods and the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. Successful candidates have excellent writing and documentation skills, good analytical and research capabilities, and excellent communication and organization skills, in particular in the context of multidisciplinary and international research projects.

Position details

We offer:

  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious University;
  • full-time employment as a Postdoctoral research for a period of 22 months;
  • gross salary is in the range of € 42.817 – € 56.214 per annum (on a full-time basis), this includes 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of year allowance;
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, child care, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities);

More information

Information
More detailed information can be obtained from prof.dr. Wijnand IJsselsteijn (w.a.ijsselsteijn@tue.nl), or dr.ir. Antal Haans (a.haans@tue.nl).
Further information about the appointment can be obtained from: Kim van Puijenbroek, personnel officer IE&IS, (pz.ieis@tue.nl).

Application
Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):

  • A letter of interest, stating your motivation to apply
  • An extensive curriculum vitae
  • At least two names (with email addresses) of people willing to act as references

If you are interested, we invite you to apply before May 31st , 2017. You can apply by pressing the ‘apply now’ button for this vacancy on the TU/e web-site. We don’t accept applications sent by e-mail. You can only upload the maximum of 5 documents of 2 Mb each. If you have more than 5 documents, you will need to combine them.

First Cocoon Project Meeting and Demo at the CHIST-ERA Projects Seminar in Brussels, March 2017

The global CHIST-ERA 2017 project seminar ​took place on March 21-23, 2017 in Brussels. This yearly seminar brings together researchers involved in ongoing CHIST-ERA projects, such as Cocoon, together with representatives of the national research funding organisations. The seminar was an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas between the various projects, identify synergies, and in general to meet in person and hear of the other projects funded in the same remit.

The Cocoon team took the opportunity to demonstrate the Cocoon node that includes our software-defined IoT radio, which has been designed and built throughout the first months of the project. The demonstration of the early prototype received good feedback from representatives of the funding agencies and triggered interesting discussions with members of the other projects. A half-day Cocoon project meeting helped to discuss the overall project work and plan the experiments. The pictures were taken during the project demonstration and the workshop.

​Further reading:​ http://www.chistera.eu/projects-seminar-2017

Key challenges for housing by 2027: IoT + Big Data + Security (keynote @ Housing Technology 2017)

Dr. Roesch gave a keynote address to the 2017 edition of Housing Technology Conference & Executive Forum (http://www.housing-technology.com/events/ht17/), held at Q Hotels’ Oxford Belfry, 7-9 March, 2017. This yearly event, organised by Housing Technology, is the one national event in the UK that gathers professionals of the housing sector wanting to make the best out of technology and share best practices.