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Distinguished Seminar:  When Electronic Privacy Gets Physical - Privacy in the Age of Sensors

Date:October 24, 2016 
Talk Title:When Electronic Privacy Gets Physical - Privacy in the Age of Sensors
Speaker:Apu Kapadia, Associate Professor at Indiana University Bloomington
Time & Location:12:00pm - 1:00pm
DEC, CIC building, Pittsburgh


As high-fidelity sensors such as always-on cameras and microphones become more common place, we will need to reconsider our notions of privacy. How will people react to constant surveillance by their peers ("sousveillance") and what technical solutions can enhance privacy in this new age? I will highlight some of our interdisciplinary research on answering and addressing these questions in the context of wearable cameras. I will also talk about how cameras can enhance privacy, e.g., by aiding populations with visual impairments with a visual assessment of their surroundings.

Speaker Bio

Apu Kapadia is on sabbatical here at CyLab and is an Associate Professor at Indiana University Bloomington. Before joining Indiana University, he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), was later a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Dartmouth College, and then a Member of Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Apu Kapadia is interested in topics related to computer security and privacy. He is particularly interested in accountable anonymity; pervasive, mobile, and wearable computing; human factors; crowdsourcing; and peer-to-peer networks. For his work on accountable anonymity, two of his papers were named as 'Runners-up for PET Award 2009: Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies'. His work on privacy in the context of wearable cameras received an Honorable Mention Award at ACM CHI 2016. His work on usable privacy controls was given the 'Honorable Mention Award (Runner-up for Best Paper)' at the Conference on Pervasive Computing, 2007. He is also a recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2013, and a Google Research Award in 2014.