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Knowledge Driven Privacy by Design for IoT

Augmenting Software Design Processes by Developing Knowledge-based AI Technique Towards Assisted Privacy-aware Internet of Things Application Designing

Internet of Things (IoT) applications development and design process is more complicated than others, such as the one for desktop, web, or mobile. That’s because IoT applications need both software and hardware to cooperate across multiple nodes with different capabilities. Moreover, it requires different software engineers with different expertise to cooperate (e.g., frontend, backend, database). Due to the above complications, non-functional requirements, such as security and privacy, tend to be overlooked.

Yearly, a significant number of devices and applications are connecting to the internet, which raises potential privacy risks. Typically, IoT applications collect and analyse personal data that can be used to derive sensitive information about individuals. However, thus far, privacy concerns have not been explicitly considered (i.e., as united way), despite isolated solutions (i.e., specific privacy preserving technique that address specific problem), in software engineering processes when designing and developing IoT applications, partly due to a lack of Privacy-by-Design (PbD) methods for the IoT.

The primary objective of this project is to develop a method (using Knowledge-based AI) that assist software engineers by automatically incorporating Privacy by Design (PbD) techniques into a given IoT application design.




PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity is a consortium of eleven leading UK universities which will work together over the next three years to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security.


Lamya Alkhariji, Nada Alhirabi, Mahmoud Barhamgi, Mansour Naser Alraja, Omer Rana, Charith Perera Synthesising Privacy by Design Knowledge Towards Explainable Internet of Things Application Designing in Healthcare, ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications (TOMM), Volume 17, Issue 2s (62), June 2021 (29)
Charith Perera, Mahmoud Barhamgi, and Massimo Vecchio Envisioning Tool Support for Designing Privacy-Aware Internet of Thing Applications, IEEE Internet of Things Magazine (IOTM), Volume 4, Issue 1, March 2021 (6)