Prof. Janne Lindqvist awarded total of ~$1.3M by NSF

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Prof. Janne Lindqvist was awarded three grants by the NSF for a total of ~$1.3M. The projects support Dr. Lindqvist's long-term research thrusts of nudging human behavior with computer systems, and usable security for mobile systems. The award titles are:

1) "Local Community Crowdsourcing of Physical-World Tasks with Myrmex",
2) "Redesigning Mobile Privacy: Helping Developers to Protect Users", and
3) "Capturing People's Expectations of Privacy with Mobile Apps by Combining Automated Scanning and Crowdsourcing Techniques"

"Local Community Crowdsourcing of Physical-World Tasks with Myrmex" was awarded $530,134.00. Myrmex is a novel crowdsourcing system for physical-world tasks that helps bring people in communities together to help each other.

Myrmex leverages the capacity of computers (monitoring, matching participants to tasks) to facilitate human activity (assigning and performing tasks), to create a new local community application. Prof. Lindqvist's collaborators in the project include Prof. Mor Naaman, Prof. Marco Gruteser, and Prof. Winter Mason (Stevens Institute of Technology).


"Redesigning Mobile Privacy: Helping Developers to Protect Users" was awarded $318,636.00. This project will aid developers and nudge them to follow privacy principles by making their usage of personal information transparent. For example, system APIs designed from a privacy perspective will make it easier to obtain more general information, rather than potentially more sensitive, fine-grained personal information. Prof. Lindqvist's collaborator in the project is Prof. Marco Gruteser.

"Capturing People's Expectations of Privacy with Mobile Apps by Combining Automated Scanning and Crowdsourcing Techniques" was awarded $400,000.00. The goal of the work is to (a) capture people's expectations and surprises in using mobile apps in a scalable manner, and to (b) summarize these perceptions in a simple format to help people make better trust decisions. Prof. Lindqvist's collaborators in the project include Prof. Jason Hong and Prof. Joy Zhang (Carnegie Mellon University).

Dr. Janne Lindqvist is an Assistant Research Professor at WINLAB/ECE. More info on his activities is available at http://www.winlab.rutgers.edu/~janne/