Faculty Advisor

Harrison, Lane T.

Faculty Advisor

Venkatasubramanian, Krishna Kumar


As technology progresses non-traditional devices will be connected to The Internet of Things (IoT). Devices in the IoT will be capable of notifying their owners of their status. These notifications can have severe penalties if not responded to correctly. While research has been done on how humans han- dle security notifications, none has been done for notifications that deal with physical safety. Using an online study, this project explored how participants responded to and recalled these new notifications. Despite most metrics be- ing identical, the study showed that participants consistently responded more correct to safety notifications than security, suggesting that there is a higher level of comprehension or understanding present with safety versus computer security.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2017


Computer Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Computer Science

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