Designing & evaluating novel authentication mechanisms for wireless pervasive computing services that are private, secure and trustworthy

Cityware was a multidisciplinary research project integrating the disciplines of architecture and urban design, human-computer interaction and distributed systems. As a research associate based at the University of Bath and Hewlett Packard labs, I conducted a range of innovative in-the-wild experiments to explore novel forms of wireless service discovery and authentication in public spaces around Bath, Bristol and London.

Partners: Bath and North East Somerset Council, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Imperial College London, Node Architecture Ltd, Nokia, University College London, University of Bath & Vodafone.

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Human to Computer Trust in Urban Pervasive Computing
Chris Bevan. 2011. A thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Supervisors: Eamonn O'Neill (Computer Science), Danaë Stanton Fraser (Psychology) & Tim Kindberg (HP Labs). University of Bath, UK.
Influence of User Choice on Perception of Wireless Connection Genuineness and Security
Chris Bevan, James Mitchell, Tim Kindberg, Eamonn O'Neill, Jim Grimmett, Danaë Stanton Fraser and Dawn Woodgate. 2011. In Proceedings of the First Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA) in conjunction with the Ninth International Conference on Pervasive Computing (San Francisco, June, 12-15). IEEE.
Authenticating ubiquitous services: a study of wireless hotspot access
Tim Kindberg, Chris Bevan, Eamonn O'Neill, James Mitchell, Jim Grimmett, and Dawn Woodgate. 2009. In Proceedings of the 11th international conference on Ubiquitous computing (UbiComp '09). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 115-124.
Authenticating Public Wireless Networks with Physical Evidence
Tim Kindberg, James Mitchell, Jim Grimmett, Chris Bevan and Eamonn O'Neill. 2009. IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob '09).
Measuring trust in wi-fi hotspots
Tim Kindberg, Eamonn O'Neill, Chris Bevan, Vassilis Kostakos, Danaë Stanton Fraser, and Tim Jay. 2008. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '08). ACM.
Mobile service audio notifications: intuitive semantics and noises
Stavros Garzonis, Chris Bevan, and Eamonn O'Neill. 2008. In Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction: Designing for Habitus and Habitat (OZCHI '08). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 156-163.