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Dr Keerthi Thomas

Professional biography

I research privacy and data protection for big data generated by Smartcity technologies. In particular, my research focuses on automated privacy and digital rights (data license) management for a smartcity data hub ( Even though my research interest lay in the problem space, I aim to translate problem knowledge into innovative designs and engineer practical solutions. From a software engineering perspective, I look at how software engineers might be benefited in exploiting the use of privacy enhancing technologies in their system design.

As an Associate Lecturer at The Open University I tutor an undergraduate modue in Computer Science - 'M269: Algorithms, data structures and computability'.

Before completing a PhD in Software Engineering from the OU in 2013, I worked in the industry as a Software Engineer / Systems Analyst for 10 years.


Research interests

Privacy in Internet of Things and Big data.


Dealing with diversity in a smart-city datahub (2014-11-26)
d'Aquin, Mathieu; Adamou, Alessandro; Daga, Enrico; Liu, Shuangyan; Thomas, Keerthi and Motta, Enrico
In : Fifth Workshop on Semantics for Smarter Cities (19 Oct 2014, Riva del Garda, Italy) (pp. 68-82)
Privacy implications of online consumer-activity data: an empirical study (2014-10-20)
Thomas, Keerthi
In : Second Workshop on Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web - Policy and Technology (20 October 2014)
OUSocial2: a platform for gathering students’ feedback from social media (2014-10)
Thomas, Keerthi; Fernández, Miriam; Brown, Stuart and Alani, Harith
In : The 13th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2014) (19-23 October 2014, Riva Del Garda, Trentino, Italy (Forthcoming))
Distilling Privacy Requirements for Mobile Applications (2014-05-31)
Thomas, Keerthi; Bandara, Arosha K.; Price, Blaine A. and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : 36th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2014) (31 May-7 June, 2014, Hyderabad, India)
Realizing networks of proactive smart products (2012)
d'Aquin, Mathieu; Motta, Enrico; Nikolov, Andriy and Thomas, Keerthi
In : 18th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2012) (8-12 October 2012, Galway, Ireland)
In the best families: tracking and relationships (2011)
Mancini, Clara; Rogers, Yvonne; Thomas, Keerthi; Joinson, Adam; Price, Blaine; Bandara, Arosha; Jedrzejczyk, Lukasz and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : 29th International ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM CHI 2011 (07-12 May 2011, Vancouver, Canada) (pp. 2419-2428)
Contravision: Exploring users' reactions to futuristic technology (2010-04-10)
Mancini, Clara; Rogers, Yvonne; Bandara, Arosha; Coe, Tony; Jedrzejczyk, Lukasz; Joinson, Adam; Price, Blaine; Thomas, Keerthi and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Human factors in computing systems (10-15 April 2010, Atlanta Georgia, USA) (pp. 153-162)
Studying location privacy in mobile applications: 'predator vs. prey' probes (2009-07)
Thomas, Keerthi; Mancini, Clara; Jedrzejczyk, Lukasz; Bandara, Arosha K.; Joinson, Adam; Price, Blaine A.; Rogers, Yvonne and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : Proceedings of the 5th Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (15-17 July 2009, California) (pp. 1-1)
From spaces to places: Emerging contexts in mobile privacy (2009)
Mancini, Clara; Thomas, Keerthi; Rogers, Yvonne; Price, Blaine A.; Jedrzejczyk, Lukazs; Bandara, Arosha K.; Joinson, Adam N. and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : Proceedings of the 11th International conference on Ubiquitous computing (30 Sept - 3 Oct 2009, Orlando, Florida, USA) (pp. 1-10)
A multi-pronged empirical approach to mobile privacy investigation (2009)
Mancini, Clara; Rogers, Yvonne; Jedrzejczyk, Lukasz; Thomas, Keerthi; Price, Blaine; Joinson, Adam; Bandara, Arosha and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : Workshop on Mobile User Experience Research: Challenges, Methods & Tools. 27th ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM CHI 2009 (4-9 Apr 2009, Boston, USA)
Distilling Mobile Privacy Requirements from Qualitative Data (2014-05-20)
Keerthi, Thomas
PhD thesis The Open University

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