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Research project within TUM CREATE. Focussing on modelling and optimisation of architecture and infrastructure, urban systems simulation like traffic and power are the main research interests. Apart from that, a cognitive systems group deal with human computer interaction. 

Privacy in the Smart City -  Tutorial at ASIACCS 2018, Songdo, Korea


Privacy in the Smart City - Tutorial at ASIACCS 2018, Songdo, Korea

David Eckhoff

David Eckhoff gave a tutorial together with Dr Isabel Wagner from the De Montfort University, Leciester, UK at the ACM ASIA Conference on Computer & Communications Security 2018

A summary of the talk titled Understanding and Solving the Privacy Challenges in the Smart City can be found below. The 3 hour tutorial was well received by an audience of about 25 people.


Many modern cities strive to integrate information technology into every aspect of city life to create so-called smart cities. Smart cities rely on a large number of application areas and technologies to realize complex interactions between citizens, third parties, and city departments. This overwhelming complexity is one reason why holistic privacy protection only rarely enters the picture. A lack of privacy can result in discrimination and social sorting, creating a fundamentally unequal society. To prevent this, we believe that a better understanding of smart cities and their privacy implications is needed. In this tutorial, we therefore systematize the application areas, enabling technologies, privacy types, attackers and data sources for the attacks, giving structure to the fuzzy term “smart city”. Based on our taxonomies, we describe existing privacy-enhancing technologies, review the state of the art in real cities around the world, and discuss promising future research directions. Our tutorial can be seen as a guide to understanding and designing privacy-friendly smart city applications. This tutorial is particularly topical because ASIACCS is taking place in Songdo, which was designed from the ground up to be the world’s first truly smart city.