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Dr William Seymour

I conduct interdisciplinary work at the intersection of security, privacy, HCI, ethics, and law using a combination of computational and social science research methods. My work explores people’s concerns about using AI systems, what values those systems should embody, and how they can better meet the needs of the people who use them. Over the course of my research I’ve worked with a wide range of public sector and industry partners including Microsoft, BRE Group, and the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Positions & Education

  • 2023 – Lecturer in Cybersecurity, King’s College London
  • 2021 – Research Associate, King’s College London
  • 2016 – DPhil in Computer Science, University of Oxford
  • 2012 – MEng in Computer Science, University of Warwick

Research Interests

  • Online Privacy and Security
  • AI Ethics
  • AI Assistants
  • Smart Homes


  • KCL Recognition Award, 21/22 & 22/23
  • Best Short Paper, CUI 2022
  • Winner, 2019 CHI Student Research Competition


Secure AI Assistants (SAIS)

A cross-disciplinary collaboration providing an understanding of potential attacks on the AI assistant ecosystem, methods to specify & verify security behaviour, and the generation of co-created privacy/security explanations for AI assistant behaviour.

Data Protection in Smart Homes (FOSH)

The introduction of the GDPR in Europe changed the design landscape for smart devices, requiring new design techniques to ensure that devices are able to adequately protect users’ data. This project informed the future of data protection by design and by default in smart homes through a combination of ethnography and speculative design.

Respectful Things in Private Spaces (ReTiPS)

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.

Recent Publications