Workshop on Usable Privacy & Security for wearable and domestic ubIquitous DEvices (UPSIDE)

The UPSIDE workshop is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss research challenges and experiences around the usable privacy and security of wearable devices and other consumer sensors and domestic devices (e.g., home automation systems; smart appliances in the home; smart meters; domestic healthcare devices). The workshop was held on September 14, 2014 in conjunction with the UbiComp 2014 conference in Seattle, WA, USA (41+ attendees). The workshop proceedings are available here.


morning keynote
session C
9:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Augmented Reality + Internet of Devices + Big Data: The End of Privacy?
Blair MacIntyre (Georgia Tech)
10:00am Break
Session A: Sensor Access
Chair: Serge Egelman (ICSI & UC Berkeley)

A-1 (20 min): When Everyone's A Cyborg: Musings on Privacy and Security in The Age of Wearable Computing
Serge Egelman (ICSI & UC Berkeley)

A-2 (20 min): MarkIt: Privacy Markers for Protecting Visual Secrets
Nisarg Raval, Animesh Srivastava, Kiron Lebeck, Landon Cox, and Ashwin Machanavajjhala (Duke University)

A-3 (20 min): Reactive Security: Responding to Visual Stimuli from Wearable Cameras
Robert Templeman, Roberto Hoyle, David Crandall, and Apu Kapadia (Indiana University)

A-4 (20 min): Context-Adaptive Privacy Mechanisms
Florian Schaub (Carnegie Mellon University), Bastian Könings, and Michael Weber (Ulm University)

A-5 (20 min): Courteous Glass
Jaeyeon Jung, Matthai Philipose (Microsoft)

12:10pm Lunch
Session B: User Presence, Physical Spaces
Chair: Ratul Mahajan (Microsoft Research)

B-1 (20 min): To Have and Have Not: Variations on secret sharing to model user presence
Quentin Stafford-Fraser, Frank Stajano, Chris Warrington, Graeme Jenkinson, Max Spencer, and Jeunese Payne (University of Cambridge Computer Lab)

B-2 (20 min): Exploring the Design Space for Geo-Fenced Connected Devices and Services at Home
Geert Vanderhulst, Marc Van den Broeck, and Fahim Kawsar (Bell Labs)

B-3 (20 min): My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts
Benjamin Johnson (Carnegie Mellon University), Thomas Maillart, and John Chuang (University of California, Berkeley)

2:45am Break
Afternoon Keynote
Security and Privacy for Augmented Reality Systems
Franziska Roesner (University of Washington)
Session C: Legal and Policy Issues
Chair: Apu Kapadia (Indiana University)

C-1 (20 min): Augmented Reality: Hard Problems of Law and Policy
Franziska Roesner, Tamara Denning, Bryce Clayton Newell, Tadayoshi Kohno, Ryan Calo (University of Washington)

C-2 (20 min): Privacy by Design for the Internet of Things: A Policy Translation
Janice Tsai (Microsoft Research)

C-3 (10 min): Discussion
4:50pm Closing Remarks (10 min)



The workshop seeks two types of original submissions: (1) short papers describing research outcomes and (2) position papers describing new research challenges and worthy topics to discuss in all areas of usable privacy and security of wearables and other consumer sensors and domestic devices. Submissions should relate to both human factors and either privacy or security properties of the devices in question.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • potential security attacks against in-home technologies and their impact on residents
  • potential security attacks against wearable devices and their impact on people wearing them
  • access control for sharing data captured by these devices (e.g., photos, sensor data)
  • access control for shared data among neighbors (e.g., smart meter data, security camera data)
  • user authentication on devices
  • understanding user privacy concerns/expectations regarding consumer sensing systems
  • designing privacy notifications for recording devices
  • user testing of security or privacy features

Short papers may cover research results, work in progress, or experience reports focused on any workshop topic. Papers should describe the purpose and goals of the work, cite related work, and clearly state the contributions to the field (innovation, lessons learned). Position papers present an arguable opinion about an issue. A position paper may include new ideas or discussions of topics at various stages of completeness. Position papers that present speculative or creative out-of-the-box ideas are welcome. While completed work is not required, position papers should still provide reasonable evidence to support their claims.

Workshop papers will be available on the UPSIDE website (if chosen by the authors), and will be given an option to be included in the ACM Digital library. This means that unless the authors choose to publish their work (opt-in), the work will not be considered a peer-reviewed publication from the perspective of Ubicomp/UPSIDE and hence should not preclude subsequent publication at another venue. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the workshop.


  • Submission deadline: June 2 (Mon), 2014, 5pm PDT
  • Notification deadline: June 18 (Wed), 2014, 5pm PDT
  • Camera-ready due: July 2 (Wed), 2014, 5pm PDT
  • Anonymization: Papers are NOT to be anonymized
  • Papers: 6 pages or shorter excluding bibliography & appendices
  • Formatting: Use SIGCHI MS Word or LaTeX templates (Word, Latex)
  • Workshop date: September 14 (Sun), 2014


We invite authors to submit papers using the SIGCHI templates. Submissions should be 2 to 6 pages in length, excluding references and appendices (However, the maximum length including these is set to 10 pages). The paper should be self-contained without requiring that readers also read the appendices.

All submissions must be in PDF format and should not be blinded. Papers should be submitted here.

User experiments should follow the basic principles of ethical research, e.g., beneficence (maximizing the benefits to an individual or to society while minimizing harm to the individual), minimal risk (appropriateness of the risk versus benefit ratio), voluntary consent, respect for privacy, and limited deception. Authors may be asked to include explanation of how ethical principles were followed in their final papers should questions arise during the review process.

Email inquiries to: jjung at or yoshi at


Dirk Balfanz | Google, USA
Landon Cox | Duke University, USA
Serge Egelman | ICSI & UC Berkeley, USA
Jaeyeon Jung | Microsoft Research, USA (co-chair)
Apu Kapadia | Indiana University, USA
Tadayoshi Kohno | University of Washington, USA, (co-chair)
Ratul Mahajan | Microsoft Research, USA
Shwetak Patel | University of Washington, USA
Matthew Smith | Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
David Wagner | UC Berkeley, USA