Contact Information

Computer Science Department
Colgate University
McGregory Hall, 3rd Floor
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
(tel) 315.228.7719
Charlotte Jablonski, Administrative Assistant

Event Detail

Dept Tea: Smart devices - good, ridiculous or evil?

Start: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
End: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 12:20 p.m.
Location: McGregory 319

Speaker: Aarathi Prasad, Skidmore College


Smart devices have become an integral part of our lives and they continuously collect data about us with, and sometimes without, our knowledge. My research focuses on usable security and privacy of smart devices, and the use of mobile devices, specifically in the health domain as well as in homes, given the sensitive nature of the data collected. First, I will talk about my work involving privacy-preserving sharing of health information between smartphone users who were proximate to each other in location and time. Next, I will talk about some of my initial findings from a study regarding parents’ concerns about their kids' use of smart devices. I will also discuss two studies that I am currently working on — one focuses on understanding why children interact with smart assistants and the other explores what users want to learn about their smartphone app usage. Finally, I will end the talk with a brief demo of a smartphone app developed by a Skidmore student that uses augmented reality for exposure therapy to treat spider anxiety.

Bio: Aarathi Prasad is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at Skidmore College. She received her PhD and M.S in Computer Science from Dartmouth College. Her research interests include usable security and privacy, mobile health, smart devices and wireless networks and she manages the Smart Devices Lab at Skidmore College.