QMUL initiative on sensing & privacy

The Centre for Intelligent Sensing collaborates with The School of Law and the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London to address the interdisciplinary challenges of privacy in the era of pervasive sensing and big data. Our specific themes of interest are

  • social media data becoming health data
  • video surveillance and privacy
  • biometric data and privacy

With our School of Law having the longest and best track record in Internet for the ethics as well as the law, our interests focus on privacy-preserving sensing techniques for mobile, wearables, personal data and video, as well as citizens' trust on the use of personal data by companies and public authorities. Examples of current applications are security and cross-border cooperation, particularly in migration and border control; videos from unmanned aerial vehicles; and health technologies, a key area of the Internet of Things.

If you are a Queen Mary academic or researcher and would like to contribute to the discussions of this interest group, please contact Professor Andrea Cavallaro.

Faculty members, research assistants and PhD students

Meetings and workshops

- Tuesday 20 June 2017, 9am, [programme]
- Monday 24 April 2017, 2:30pm, Scape 3.01, [programme]
- Wednesday 15 March 2017, 2pm, Scape G.14, [programme]
- Monday 31 October 2016, 2pm, Robert Tong room, Queens’ building [programme]
- Wednesday 11 May 2016, 11am, Laws: G5
- Wednesday 16 September 2015, 2pm, Laws: G5 [programme]
- Monday 6 July 2015, 4pm, ITL Top seminar room
- Friday 20 February 2015, 3pm, CS308

Journal papers

- V. Mitsilegas, The transformation of privacy in an era of pre-emptive surveillance, in Tilburg Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2015, pp. 35-57
- Y Ibrahim and A. Howarth, Mobile devices and recording in the classroom: a survey of policy in UK higher education institutions, Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2014, pp. 21-32
- V. Mitsilegas, The value of privacy in an era of security. Embedding constitutional limits on pre-emptive surveillance, in Int. Political Sociology, Vol. 8, 2014, pp. 104-108
- W. Leister, M. Hamdi, H. Abie, A. Torjusen, S. Poslad, An evaluation framework for adaptive security for the IoT in eHealth, Int. Journal on Advances in Security, Vol. 7, No. 3-4, 2014, pp. 93–109
- Y. Ibrahim and C. Miles, Customised communication and the mouse click generation: between empowerment and vulnerability, in Knowledge Management: An Int. Journal, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2013, pp. 1-11
- R. Ashcroft, Personal financial incentives in health promotion: where do they fit in an ethic of autonomy?, Health Expectations, Vol. 14, No. 2, June 2011, pp. 191-200
- Y. Ibrahim, The non-stop 'capture': the politics of looking in postmodernity, The Poster, Vol. 1, No. 2, January 2011, pp. 167-186
- Y. Ibrahim, The regulation of gaze and capture: new media and the image economy, Int. Journal of Technoethics, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2010, pp 49-63
- Y. Ibrahim, The breastfeeding controversy and Facebook: politicization of image, privacy and protest, Int. Journal of E-Politics, Vol. 1, No. 2, February 2010, pp. 16-28
- M. Dixon-Woods and R. Ashcroft, Regulation and the social licence for medical research, Med Health Care Philos, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 2008, pp. 381-391
- Y. Ibrahim, The new risk communities: social networking sites and risk, Int. Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2008, pp. 245-253
- A. Cavallaro, Privacy in video surveillance, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 2, March 2007
- R. Ashcroft, Individual freedom versus collective responsibility: an ethicist's perspective, Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, Vol. 3, No. 11, September 2006
- P. 6, Who wants privacy protection, and what do they want?, Journal of consumer behaviour, Vol. 2, No. 1, July 2006, pp. 80-100
- L. Titkov, S. Poslad, J. J. Tan, An integrated approach to user-centered privacy for mobile information services, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 20, No. 2-4, February-April 2006, pp. 159-178
- C. Bellamy, P. 6, C. Raab, Joined-up government and privacy in the United Kingdom: managing tensions between data protection and social policy, Part II, Public administration, Vol. 83, No. 2, May 2005, pp. 393-415
- C. Bellamy, C. Raab, P. 6, Multi-agency working in British social policy: risk, information sharing and privacy, Information Polity - Public Administration in the Information Society: Essays in Risk and Trust, Vol. 10, No. 1-2, April 2005 pp. 51-63
- P. 6, C. Raab, C. Bellamy, Joined-up government and privacy in the United Kingdom: managing tensions between data protection and social policy, Part I, Public administration, Vol. 83, No. 1, March 2005, pp. 111-133

Conference papers

- Y.-H. Lu, A. Cavallaro, C. Crump, G. Friedland, K. Winstein, Privacy protection in online multimedia, Proceedings of the ACM on Multimedia Conference (MM), Mountain View, California, USA, 23-27 October 2017
- O. Sarwar, B. Rinner, A. Cavallaro, Design space exploration for adaptive privacy protection in airborne images, Proceedings of the IEEE Int. Conference on Advanced Signal and Video based Surveillance (AVSS), Colorado Springs, USA, 23-26 August 2016
- Y. Diaz-Tellez, E. L. Bodanese, T. Dimitrakos, M. Turner Context-aware multifactor authentication based on dynamic pin, Proceedings of ICT Systems Security and Privacy Protection, IFIP TC 11 Int. Conference, Marrakech, Morocco, 2-4 June 2014, pp. 330-338
- Y. Diaz-Tellez, E. L. Bodanese, F. El-Moussa, T. Dimitrakos, Secure execution context enforcement framework based on activity detection on data and applications hosted on smart devices, Proceedings of Int. Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), Alexandria, VA, USA, 8-14 September 2013, pp. 630-636
- A. Zielinski, S. E. Middleton, L. Tokarchuk, X. Wang, Social-media text mining and network analysis to support decision support for natural crisis management, Proceedings of Int. Conference on Informations Systems for Crisis Response and Management, Baden-Baden, Germany, 12 May 2013, pp. 840-845
- Y. Diaz-Tellez, E. L. Bodanese, S. K. Nair, T. Dimitrakos An architecture for the enforcement of privacy and security requirements in internet-centric services, Proceedings of IEEE Int. Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (TrustCom), Liverpool, UK, 25-27 June 2012, pp. 1024-1031
- V. Mitsilegas, The area of freedom, security and justice from Amsterdam to Lisbon. Challenges of implementation, constitutionality and fundamental rights, XXV FIDE Congress, Vol. 3, pp. 21-142, Tallinn, Estonia, 2012

Other publications

- M. Malekzadeh, R. G. Clegg, A. Cavallaro, H. Haddadi, Protecting sensory data against sensitive inferences, arXiv preprint arXiv:1802.07802, 2018
- A. S. Shamsabadi, A. Cavallaro, H. Haddadi, Distributed one-class learning, arXiv preprint arXiv:1802.03583, 2018
- Y.-H. Lu, A. Cavallaro, C. Crump, G. Friedland, K. Winstein, Panel: privacy protection in online multimedia, in ACM Multimedia, Mountain View, CA, USA, 23-27 October 2017
- V. Mitsilegas, Developing a global privacy regime in the age of mass surveillance: four key principles, in openDemocracy, 8 February 2016
- V. Mitsilegas, Introducing this week's theme: Privacy and surveillance in 2016, in openDemocracy, 8 February 2016
- V. Mitsilegas, Passenger tracking in the EU will be as invasive as it is in the US, in The Conversation, 30 January 2015
- V. Mitsilegas, Saving privacy in the age of mass surveillance. Why judges hold the key, in Open Democracy, 14 July 2014
- N. Babaguchi, A. Cavallaro, R. Chellappa, F. Dufaux, L. Wang, Intelligent video surveillance for public security and personal privacy (Editorial), IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 8, No. 10, pp. 1559-1561, October 2013
- V. Mitsilegas, Security versus justice: the individualisation of security and the erosion of citizenship and fundamental rights, in S. Ugelvik and B. Hudson (eds.), Justice and Security in the 21st Century. Risks, Rights and the Rule of Law, Routledge, 2012, pp.199-216 (ISBN 978-0-415-68727-0)
- Y. Ibrahim, Empowerment, ethics and new knowledge economies: the dilemmas of consumers as producers with web 2.0, The handbook of research on Web 2.0, 3.0. and X.O: technologies, business and social applications, Editors: Murugesan, S, IGI Group (Pennsylvania, USA), 2010
- V. Mitsilegas, Borders, security and transatlantic co-operation in the 21st Century: identity and privacy in an era of globalised surveillance, in T. Givens, G. Freeman and D. Leal (eds.), Immigration Policy and Security: US, European and Commonwealth Perspectives, Routledge, New York and London, 2009, pp. 148-166 (ISBN 10:0-415-99082-3)
- S. Poslad, Ubiquitous computing: smart devices, environments and interaction, Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-03560-3, 2009
- Y. Ibrahim, Contemporary concerns of digital divide in an information society, Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition. IGI Global, June 2009, pp. 722-727

Keynote talks

- C. Millard, Forced localisation of cloud services: is Privacy the real driver?, Regulating Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things seminars, Paris, France, 5 October 2016
- A. Cavallaro, Smart cameras and privacy, Cost Action IC1206, Limassol, Cyprus, 10 October 2015
- A. Cavallaro, Privacy in the era of always-on everywhere cameras, De-identification for Privacy Protection in Multimedia Workshop in conjunction with the 11th IEEE Int. Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 4 May 2015


- P. Atrey, S.-C. Cheung, F. Dufaux, A. Cavallaro, 2nd IEEE International Workshop on 'Privacy Issues in Multimedia' in conjunction with the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME 2018), San Diego, USA, 23-27 July 2018
- P. Atrey, S.-C. Cheung, F. Dufaux, A. Cavallaro, 1st IEEE International Workshop on 'Privacy Issues in Multimedia' in conjunction with the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME 2016), Seattle, USA, 11-15 July 2016