Short Description

In the context of the Voice of Wisdom project an environment to study human behavior and physiological responses in security-critical contexts will be designed and developed. Furthermore, novel, secure user interfaces will be designed.

The Voice of Wisdom project explores new approaches to preventing human-centric cyberattacks when interacting with technology in everyday life. At the focus of the project, human behavior and physiological responses in different contexts in which security plays a role are analyzed to identify situations in which people are exposed to a risk. This will allow signs and precursors to behavior implying high risk to be identified. 

 

For this purpose, the fact that sensors in devices of everyday use, for example keyboard, mouse or smartwatch, allow (subtle) changes in behavior or physiological state to be detected - even if users themselves are not even aware of it - is leveraged. Modern technologies such as thermal imaging cameras, depth cameras and eye trackers further contribute to obtaining an in-depth understanding. The knowledge gained can be used to develop novel security mechanisms for human-technology systems that protect the user through hints and recommendations (for example, pop-ups, messages on a smartwatch, indicators in video conferencing software) or mechanisms running automatically in the background. 

 

Objectives:

  • Designing and deploying a research environment to observe human behavior and physiological state in security-critical situations
  • Detailed analysis of security-critical situations and their impact on users
  • Development of novel, human-centered security mechanisms
  • Investigating the long-term effects of the developed technologies as well as the user's point of view

Publications

abdrabou2021chiea.jpg Yasmeen Abdrabou AND Yomna Abdelrahman AND Mohamed Khamis and Florian Alt. Think harder Investigating the Effect of Password Strength on Cognitive Load during Password Creation. In Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHIEA ’21. ACM, New York, NY, USA. [Download Bibtex] [Video]
abdrabou2021etra.jpg Yasmeen Abdrabou, Ahmed Shams, Mohamed Omar Mantawy, Anam Ahmad Khan, Mohamed Khamis, Florian Alt and Yomna Abdelrahman. GazeMeter: Exploring the Usage of Gaze Behaviour to enhance Password Assessments. In Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications. ETRA '21. ACM, New York, NY, USA. [Download Bibtex] [Video]
alt2021apps.jpg Florian Alt. Out of the Lab Resarch in Usable Security and Privacy. In Adjunct Proceedings of the 29th ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization. UMAP '21. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [Download Bibtex]
delgado2021chiea.jpg Sarah Delgado Rodriguez, Sarah Prange, Lukas Mecke and Florian Alt. ActPad – A Smart Desk Platform to Enable User Interaction with IoT Devices. In Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHIEA'21. ACM, New York, NY, USA. [Download Bibtex]
marky2021mum.jpg Karola Marky, Sarah Prange, Max Mühlhäuser and Florian Alt. Roles Matter! Understanding Differences in the Privacy Mental Models ofSmart Home Visitors and Resident. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia. MUM'21. ACM, New York, NY, USA. [Download Bibtex]
prange2021interact.jpg Sarah Prange, Sven Mayer, Maria-Lena Bittl, Mariam Hassib and Florian Alt. Investigating User Perceptions Towards Wearable Mobile Electromyography. In Proceedings of the 18th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. INTERACT '21. Springer, Berlin-Heidelberg, Germany. [Download Bibtex]  
prange2021muc.jpg Sarah Prange and Cenu George AND Florian Alt. Design Considerations for Usable Authentication in Smart Homes. In Proceedings of the Conference on Mensch Und Computer. MuC '21. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [Download Bibtex]