Research Seminar: Mohamed Khamis

Secure and Privacy-respecting Ubiquitous Systems

Mohamed Khamis, University of Glasgow

Thursday 31st January 4pm Inspace, 1 Crichton Street


Ubiquitous technologies are continuously becoming more powerful and affordable. They can now be maliciously exploited against us by average non-tech-savvy humans. For example, thermal cameras are becoming cheaper and easier to integrate into smartphones. We recently found that thermal imaging can reveal 100% of PINs entered on smartphones up to 30 seconds after they have been entered. The ubiquity of smartphones can itself be a threat to privacy; with personal data being accessible essentially everywhere, sensitive information can easily become subject to prying eyes. There is a significant increase in the number of novel platforms in which users need to perform secure transactions (e.g., payments in VR stores), yet we still use technologies from the 1960s to secure access to them. Mohamed will talk about the implications of these developments and his work in this area with a focus on the challenges, opportunities, and directions for future work.


Mohamed Khamis is a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow in the School of Computing Science since September 2018. He received his PhD from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU). Mohamed worked in a diversity of topics in Human-Computer Interaction, usable security and privacy. His work focuses on understanding threats to privacy that are caused by ubiquitous technologies through empirical methods, as well as inventing novel systems for protecting security. His work is published at CHI, IMWUT, UIST, MobileHCI, ICMI and others. He is a PC member for CHI, he reviews for ToCHI and TOPS, and he is the general chair for PerDis 2019. More about his work can be found on http://www.mkhamis.com

Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL