Cocoon: Emotion psychology meets cyber-physical security in IoT smart homes

On January 10-11, the University of Reading hosted the kick-off meeting for the EU CHISTERA Cocoon project, gathering representatives from eight European institutions. Foreseeing the growing prevalence of internet-of-things (IoT) technology, the European Commission takes security and users’ well-being seriously, and allocated funding to inform tomorrow’s standards and legislations. One such funded project is the Cocoon project “Emotion psychology meets cyber-physical security in IoT smart homes", led by the University of Reading, which is a 1.2M euro project gathering researchers from the University of Greenwich, Ghent Univ. (Belgium), ETH Zürich (Switzerland) and Eindhoven Technical Univ. (Netherlands).

Starting in January 2017, in this project, we interweave innovations in two distinctly different disciplines to understand and improve security of home IoT technology: emotion psychology and cyber security. We aim to produce an understanding of the psychology of IoT users, assess risks in current and future IoT systems, and formulate provisions for the design and integration of user-centric IoT in tomorrow’s homes. We put the user at the center of the IoT landscape of technology: By combining expertise in emotion psychology, value-sensitive design, cyber security, network communication and real-time big data analytics we will create a framework that adapts to user profiles, empowering them to make the right decisions for a safe IoT environment.