Respectul Things in Private Spaces was a research project under the umbrella of PETRAS which examined the privacy needs of highly private spaces within people’s homes to inform how smart home IoT devices might be re-designed for them.

Several of the outputs of the project include ARETHA and IoT Refine.


The PETRAS National Centre of Excellence exists to ensure that technological advances in the Internet of Things (IoT) are developed and applied in consumer and business contexts, safely and securely. We do this by considering social and technical issues relating to the cybersecurity of IoT devices, systems and networks.

  • PI: Nigel Shadbolt (Computer Science)
  • Co-I: Max Van Kleek (Computer Science)
  • Researchers: Reuben Binns