Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Perouli, Debbie

Second Advisor

Kaczmarek, Thomas

Third Advisor

Madiraju, Praveen


Sharing characteristics with both the Internet of Things and the Cyber Physical Systems categories, a new type of device has arrived to claim a third category and raise its very own privacy concerns. Social robots are in the market asking consumers to become part of their daily routine and interactions. Ranging in the level and method of communication with the users, all social robots are able to collect, share and analyze a great variety and large volume of personal data.In this thesis, we focus the community’s attention to this emerging area of interest for privacy and security research. We discuss the likely privacy issues, comment on current defense mechanisms that are applicable to this new category of devices, outline new forms of attack that are made possible through social robots, highlight paths that research on consumer perceptions could follow, and propose a system for detecting abnormal social robot behavior based on emotion detection.