In this page we regularly advertise topics for Praktika, Bachelor and Master Theses. Currently there is one open topic for a Master Thesis

Exploring Internet of Things and Risks (TOPIC NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

An Internet of Things (IoT) vision has us making innumerable everyday devices and previously closed systems opened up and inter-connected, creating a smart network of people, things, spaces etc. Sensors become integrated into the environment around us. Information is shared between devices. Remote access can be enabled. However to realise such a vision we also need to be aware of the risks and to pro-actively address these. This thesis research will take a design/people-centred perspective to understanding risks arising from IoT, for example, around data security and the protection of privacy and digital identity, as well as liability issues in case of accidents. How can we then take into account safety, security, reliability, legality, and user friendliness in our designs? What are the human- machine interfaces in these scenarios and how do they need to be adapted or (re)designed to support complex interactions between the real system, controlling and supervising software and the open, global communication networks that have to be controlled? This topic is associated with an FFG-funded project that starts Oct 2016 called RISIoT. A thesis on this topic will likely take a particular domain focus, e.g., smart homes, or autonomous cars and explore the issues specific to this area through extensive literature survey, ‘user research’, and/or provocative scenario/prototypes. If you are interested: email Geraldine dot Fitzpatrick at tuwien dot ac dot at, provide a statement of why you are interested and what you would want to focus on, plus a copy of your academic transcript to date.