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

Past members

Richard Ashcroft

Richard Ashcroft

Hamed Haddadi

Hamed Haddadi

Elif Mendos Kuskonmaz

Elif M. Kuşkonmaz

Carolin Moller

Carolin Moller

Journal papers

- R. Sanchez-Matilla, C.Y. Li, A.S. Shamsabadi, R. Mazzon, A. Cavallaro, Exploiting vulnerabilities of deep neural networks for privacy protection, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, forthcoming, 2020
- N. Vavoula, Consultation of EU immigration databases for law enforcement purposes: a privacy and data protection Assessment, European Journal of Migration and Law, forthcoming, 2020
- M. Malekzadeh, R.G. Clegg, A. Cavallaro, H. Haddadi, Privacy and utility preserving sensor-data transformations, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, forthcoming, 2020
- M.S. Cross, A. Cavallaro, Privacy as a feature for body worn cameras, Signal Processing Magazine, July 2020
- G. Abebe Tadesse, O. Bent, L. Marcenaro, K. Weldemariam, A. Cavallaro, Privacy-aware human activity recognition from a wearable camera, Signal Processing Magazine, Vol. 37, No. 3, May 2020, pp. 168-172
- C. Millard, At this rate, everyone will be a [joint] controller of personal data!, International Data Privacy Law, Vol. 9, No. 4, November 2019, pp. 217–219
- O. Sarwar, B. Rinner, A. Cavallaro, A privacy-preserving filter for oblique face images based on adaptive hopping Gaussian mixtures, IEEE Access, Vol. 7, October 2019, pp. 142623-142639
- X. Zhang, C. Liu, S. Poslad, K.K. Chai, A provable semi-outsourcing privacy preserving scheme for data transmission from IoT devices, IEEE Access, Vol. 7, June 2019, pp. 87169 - 87177
- C. Kuner, F.H. Cate, O. Lynskey, C. Millard, N.N. Loideain, D.J.B. Svantesson, If the legislature had been serious about data privacy … , International Data Privacy Law, Vol. 9, No. 2, May 2019, pp. 75–77
- C. Kuner, F.H. Cate, O. Lynskey, C. Millard, N.N. Loideain, D.J.B. Svantesson, Introducing the global data privacy prize , International Data Privacy Law, Vol. 9, No. 1, February 2019, pp. 1
- F.G. QC, J. Muraszkiewiczb, N. Vavoula, The role of technology in the fight against human trafficking: reflections on privacy and data protection concerns, Computer Law & Security Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2016, pp. 205-217
- V. Mitsilegas, Surveillance and digital privacy in the Ttransatlantic ‘war on terror.’ The case for a global privacy regime, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Vol. 47, No. 3, 2016, pp 1-77
- D. Kamarinou, C. Millard, W. K. Hon, Cloud privacy: an empirical study of 20 cloud providers' terms and privacy policies - Part II, International Data Privacy Law, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2016, pp 170–194
- D. Kamarinou, C. Millard, W. K. Hon, Cloud privacy: an empirical study of 20 cloud providers' terms and privacy policies - Part I, International Data Privacy Law, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2016, pp 79–101
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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

- A.S. Shamsabadi, R. Sanchez-Matilla, A. Cavallaro, ColorFool: Semantic Adversarial Colorization, IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Seattle, USA, 16-18 June 2020
- F. Mo, A.S. Shamsabadi, K. Katevas, S. Demetriou, I. Leontiadis, A. Cavallaro, H.Haddadi, DarkneTZ: Towards Model Privacy at the Edge using Trusted Execution Environments, ACM Int. Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys), Toronto, Canada, 15-19 June 2020
- A.S. Shamsabadi, C. Oh, A. Cavallaro, EdgeFool: An Adversarial Image Enhancement Filter, Int. Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Barcelona, Spain, 4-8 May 2020
- C.Y. Li, A.S. Shamsabadi, R. Sanchez-Matilla, R. Mazzon, A. Cavallaro, Scene privacy protection, IEEE Int. Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Brighton, UK, 12-17 May 2019
- M. Malekzadeh, R.G. Clegg, A. Cavallaro, H. Haddadi, Mobile sensor data anonymization, ACM/IEEE Int. Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI), Montreal, Canada, 16-18 April 2019
- A.S. Shamsabadi, H. Haddadi, A. Cavallaro, Distributed one-class learning, Proc. of IEEE Int. Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), Athens, Greece, 7-10 October 2018
- O. Sarwar, A. Cavallaro, B. Rinner, Temporally smooth privacy protected airborne videos, Proc. of IEEE/RSJ Int. Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Madrid, Spain, 1- 5 October 2018
- 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
- X. Zhang, S. Poslad, Z. Ma, A semi-outsourcing secure data privacy scheme for IoT data transmission, Proc. of IEEE Annual Int. Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Montreal, QC, Canada, 8-13 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

- N. Vavoula, Immigration and privacy in the law of the European Union – the case of databases, Brill Nijhoff, forthcoming 2020
- N. Vavoula, V. Mitsilegas, Privacy and surveillance in a digital era: challenges for transatlantic cooperation and European criminal law Hart, forthcoming 2020
- N. Vavoula, Databases for non-EU nationals and the Rright to private life: towards a system of generalised surveillance of movement, Francesca Bignami (eds.), EU Law in Populist Times (CUP), pp. 227-266, 2020
- M. Malekzadeh, R. G. Clegg, A. Cavallaro, H. Haddadi, Protecting sensory data against sensitive inferences, Proc. of Workshop on Privacy by Design in Distributed Systems, Porto, Portugal, 23 April, 2018
- A. S. Shamsabadi, A. Cavallaro, H. Haddadi, Distributed one-class learning, arXiv preprint arXiv:1802.03583, 2018
- N. Vavoula, EU immigration databases under scrutiny: towards the normalisation of surveillance of movement in an era of "Privacy Spring"?, Gert Vermeulen and Eva Lievens (eds.), Data Protection and Privacy under Pressure, Maklu, pp. 215-248, 2017
- F. Gerry, J. Muraszkiewicz, N. Vavoula, Using technology to combat human trafficking: recognising the implications for privacy, Nora Cronin and Kimberly Ellis (eds.), Human Trafficking (Lawyers & Judges Publishing, pp. 111-133, 2017
- 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

- A. Cavallaro, Privacy-preserving machine learning for multimedia data, International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM), Valletta, Malta, 22 February 2020
- A. Cavallaro, Body cameras: audio-visual learning and privacy-preserving analytics, Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention (ICDP), London, UK, 17 December 2019
- A. Cavallaro, Multimodal learning for robust and privacy preserving analytics, Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition (ACPR), Auckland, New Zealand, 27 November 2019
- A. Cavallaro, Privacy-preserving multimodal learning, Institute of Applied Data Science (IDAS) colloquium, London, UK, 27 February 2019
- 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

Sensing and privacy workshop

- Centre for Intelligent Sensing, Queen Mary University of London, 20 June 2017: programme and video lectures

Invited external talks

- Mark Ryan, Technologies for making privacy violations transparent and accountable, video and slides
- Camilla Graham Wood, Retention of telecommunication data under scrutiny by the CJEU, video
- Jose Ramon Agustina, Privacy protection in visual data: overview and challenges,
video and slides
- Budi Arief, The 'P' in IoT is for Privacy, video and slides
- Lachlan Urquhart, User-centric regulation for the domestic Internet of Things, video and slides
- Grigorios Loukides, Privacy-preserving publication of complex data, video and slides
- Valsamis Mitsilegas, Mark Ryan, Budi Arief, Camilla Graham Wood, Chair: Tony Bunyan, Sensing and Privacy panel discussion, video
- Eric King, UK government hacking: regulating insecurity?
- Nye Thompson, Looking after things