TULIPS: Projects

Technology Usability Lab In Privacy and Security

IoT Awareness

The Internet of Things (IoT) holds great promise for the future of technology. However, in the current

Consumers are concerned about their privacy when using Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This project explores different ways to help people better understand the implications of their "things".


  1. Kami Vaniea, Ella Tallyn, and Chris Speed. Capturing the Connections: Unboxing Internet of Things Devices. arXiv:1708.00076, 2017.




Research and projects here are partially funded by the following groups:

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Interactive physical visual aid to support active learning in understanding DDoS concepts

Willy Halim Dinata (2016-2017, Masters Thesis)

Supervisor: Kami Vaniea

This project explored a new way to bring security awareness of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks to the masses. The project consisted of a physical-visual aid showing participants a set of simulated Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Participants could interact with the IoT devices through a Facebook chat bot and use them to attack the video server in the center of the board. When all four IoT devices attack at once the video slows to a crawl.

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Visualize router traffic

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Supervisor: Kami Vaniea

The Internet of Things (IoT) can make it seem like we have lost control over where our data goes. In this project we took IoT traffic passing across a home network router and visualized where in the world the traffic was going in a live display. The system used D3 for the visualization and a system created by Nikolaos Tsirigotakis to do the packet capture.

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A framework for an en masse network security evaluation and network flow analysis for the Internet of Things era

Nikolaos Tsirigotakis (2015-2016, Masters Thesis)

Supervisor: Kami Vaniea

Internet of Things (IoT) is characterized by rapid expansion on top of several different standards, protocols, and technologies, making security evaluation on a per-devices scale prohibitively time consuming. This project focused on building a router-based platform to change all that by allowing the automation of security checks.