Wei Hou Wu

Wei Hou  Wu
MIT EECS | Hewlett Foundation Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Daniel Weitzner
Department: EECS
Areas of Research: Human Computer Interaction
Years: 2018-2019
Research Project Title:

Investigative Privacy Preferences, Expectations and behaviors of voice activated devices

abstract:Privacy, especially that from our own applications and devices, has become a popular issue as of late. One matter of such is the existence of smart IoT devices in our homes. There is a disconnect between what the consumers expect from the companies that provide services through these devices and what the companies want to gain from the consumers using their devices. This project aims to shed light on this matter. It further tries to explore what consumers may feel or perceive of their devices right now and what can be changed to give them more assurance and trust for their smart devices. This project seeks to find a way that consumers can be informed of the trade-offs and extent to which their data may be collected for the functionality of the device.

The SuperUROP program offers me the opportunity to explore deeper on a subject that interests me, this being that of multi-modal devices and user privacy. I have had taken classes and worked in internships focusing on this area and believe that this project is a great platform for me to continue working in this area. Along the way, I also hope to become more familiar with carrying out a full formal research project and its processes.