Wei Hou  Wu

Wei Hou Wu

Scholar Title

MIT EECS | Hewlett Foundation Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Investigative Privacy Preferences, Expectations and Behaviors of Voice-Activated Devices





Research Areas
  • Human Computer Interaction

Daniel Weitzner


Privacy, especially in our own applications and devices, is a popular topic of discussion today. One example is the existence of smart IoT devices in our homes. There is a disconnect between what consumers expect from the companies that provide services through these devices and what the companies want to gain from the consumers’ use of their devices. This project aims to shed light on this matter. It further tries to explore what consumers may feel or perceive about their devices now and what can be changed to give them more assurance and trust for their smart devices. This project seeks to find a way to inform consumers of the tradeoffs and of the extent to which their data may be collected for the functionality of the device.


SuperUROP offers me the opportunity to deeply explore a subject that interests me: multi-modal devices and user privacy. I have taken classes internships that focus 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 the processes involved in carrying out a full formal research project.

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