Poornigha Santhana Kumar PhD Student

Privacy and security on the web? It is just a myth!

Poornigha Santhana Kumar

PhD in Privacy & Usability

Poornigha holds a Bachelor degree in Information Technology from India and a Master degree in Informatics from University of Zürich, Switzerland. During her masters she specialized in Human computer interaction with her thesis exploring how novice researchers read research papers. Besides she also worked as a front-end developer at Novaton AG, Switzerland from 2014 to 2015.

Expertise & Design Focus

Poornigha has been hosted by USECON under the Privacy & Us innovative training network and she is supervised by Mag. Michael Bechinie and Prof. Dr. Manfred Tscheligi. The Privacy and & Us project is funded by MSCA-ITN-2015-ETN – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN-ETN).

In this program the PhD students will receive comprehensive training from academic and industrial partners. This project aims to contribute to shaping future privacy policies and practices in Europe and will significantly advance the state of the art in privacy and usability research.

During her PhD research, she focuses on designing for privacy & security at point of sale commercial transactions. She aims to design and develop hybrid secure experience prototypes and evaluate the prototypes in context.

“My journey is not just towards being a PhD, but to leave my footprints in the field of usability and security”

She also has long-lasting hands-on experience in UI Design, usability testing and web engineering and possess very good programming skills in .NET, JAVA, HTML, CSS, PHP and live code.

Author & Co-Author

2018HCI international: Changed the cup, not the saucer – NFC payments in supermarkets
2018UXPA: NFC payment is fast, but UX limps. How to overcome this?
2017 IFIP Summer school 2017: NFC payments gaps between user perception and reality


National and international research projects Privacy & Us, 2016 – 2019: The Privacy & Usability (Privacy & Us) EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network will fund 13 PhD studentships with a duration of 36 months.