research

Overview

I'm currently a Research Fellow in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin, and part of the ADAPT Research Centre. I primarily work on exploring privacy risks of technologies using knowledge graphs through the RISKY project. I also work on the Privacy-as-Expected: Consent Gateway project funded by NGI TRUST. My other research activities include chairing and contributing to the DPVCG, and continuation of my PhD work regarding GDPR compliance using semantic web.

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Research Interests

  • Privacy
    I'm interested in the exploration of issues regarding privacy, especially those related to use of technology and data protection. My primary motivation in this area is to facilitate discovery and consolidation of existing work in identification and mitigation of risks, and applying existing knowledge to future technologies and innovations.
  • Consent
    Consent is a broad mechanism for agreement in the society, and is also an essential aspect of freedom based on choice. My primary interest regarding consent relates to its connection with privacy and data protection issues, where it is used as the legal justification for collecting and using personal data. My research revolves around quantification and representation of information regarding consent towards identifying and mitigating issues regarding transparency, accountability, and comprehension.
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    The GDPR and other recent data protection/privacy laws such as the CCPA provide legal regulation of collecting, using, sharing personal data based upon the principles of privacy and data protection. My research interest revolves around quantification of the requirements and concepts of such laws and its representation for evaluating compliance of processes and activities involving personal data.
  • Semantic Web and Data Modeling
    The Semantic Web standards, particularly RDF, provide a way for modeling and querying information based on the web infrastructure, permits creation of schemas and ontologies to represent concepts and relationships. My interest lies in using these for the representation, documentation, and modeling of information from other research interests.

Projects

Ongoing

  1. Risky
    Exploring Privacy Risks of Technologies using Knowledge Graphs
    ( - ) Principal Investigator (PI)
    funded by: Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme (GOIPD) under Grant#GOIPD/2020/790

Past

see complete list of projects
  • PROTECT
    Protecting Personal Data Amidst Big Data Innovation
    ( - ) Research Assistant (RA)
  • PhD Research
    Representing Activities associated with Processing of Personal Data and Consent using Semantic Web for GDPR Compliance
    ( - ) researcher

Publications

See full list of publications here. Lists also available at Google Scholar and dblp.

Selected publications

  1. Test-driven Approach Towards GDPR Compliance
    Conference
    International Conference on Semantic Systems
    Harshvardhan J. Pandit* , Declan O'Sullivan , Dave Lewis
  2. Creating A Vocabulary for Data Privacy
    Conference
    International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics
    Harshvardhan J. Pandit* , Axel Polleres* , Bert Bos , Rob Brennan , Bud Bruegger , Fajar Ekaputra , Javier Fernandez , Ramisa Hamed , Elmar Kiesling , Mark Lizar , Eva Schlehahn , Simon Steyskal , Rigo Wenning
  3. GConsent - A Consent Ontology based on the GDPR
    Conference
    Extended Semantic Web Conference
    Harshvardhan J. Pandit* , Christophe Debruyne , Declan O'Sullivan , Dave Lewis
  4. GDPRtEXT - GDPR as a Linked Data Resource
    Conference
    Extended Semantic Web Conference
    Harshvardhan J. Pandit* , Declan O'Sullivan , Dave Lewis

Groups and Memberships

Ongoing

Past

Organisation

Peer-Review

Reviewer for Journals

Reviewer for Conferences/Workshop

  • AICS (Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science) 2018
  • CKG (Workshop on Contextualized Knowledge Graphs) 2019
  • DataValue (Workshop on Governing Value: The Practice of Exploiting Data Value) 2019 2018
  • ESWC (Extended Semantic Web Conference) 2021 2020 2019 2018
  • ISWC (International Semantic Web Conference) 2020 2019 2018
  • JURIX (International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems​) 2020
  • KGSWC (Iberoamerican Knowledge Graphs and Semantic Web Conference) 2020
  • LASCAR (Workshop on Large Scale RDF Analytics) 2020
  • MEPDaW (Managing the Evolution and Preservation of the Data Web) 2018 2020
  • ODBASE (International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics) 2019
  • RELATED (International Workshop on Relations in the Legal Domain) 2021
  • SEMANTiCS (International Conference on Semantic Systems) 2019
  • TERECOM (Workshop on Technologies for Regulatory Compliance) 2018

Competitions

Supervision / Mentoring

Current/Ongoing

  • Risk Management for AI Governance - Delaram Golpayegani, PhD research
    Mentor 2020-2024

Past

  • Annotation tool for issues in consent dialogues - Brian Lynch, 4th year project
    Assistant Supervisor 2020-2021
  • Granular removal of consent dialogue elements using ad-blockers - Rohan Taneja, 4th year project
    Assistant Supervisor 2020-2021
  • Highlighting risks in consent dialogues - Hasan Opiev, 4th year project
    Assistant Supervisor 2020-2021
  • Implementing semantics for interoperable data portability - Claire Farrell, MSc project
    Assistant Supervisor 2020-2021
  • A Generator for Annotated Privacy Policies - Eoin Leahy, 4th year project
    Assistant Supervisor 2019-2020
  • AI Stakeholders Ontology - Arthit Suriyawongkul, PhD research
    Mentor 2020-2020
  • Artificial Intelligence Ethics Canvas: A Tool for Ethical and Socially Responsible AI - Ankita Kalra, MSc project
    Assistant Supervisor 2019-2020
  • Data Protection Process Browser Widget (for privacy policy visualisation) - Darragh Masterson, 4th year project
    Assistant Supervisor 2019-2020
  • Modelling normative statements in AI ethics policy documents using ODRL - Vidisha Dalvi, MSc project
    Assistant Supervisor 2020-2020
  • Recording online consent via a browser extension - Dhruv Sachdev, 4th year project
    Assistant Supervisor 2019-2020
  • Representing and Evaluating the Flow of Information in Privacy Policies Based on the Theory of Contextual Integrity (for GDPR) - Derrick Amponsa, MSc project
    Assistant Supervisor 2019-2020
  • Automating ethics clearance application - Mason Smith, 4th year intership
    Assistant Supervisor 2019-2019
  • Data Protection Process Browser Widget: A Visualization Tool for Interacting with Privacy Policies - James Cox, 4th year project
    Mentor 2018-2019
  • Ethics Canvas website development - Ankita Kalra, 4th year internship
    Assistant Supervisor 2018-2019
  • Ethics Canvas website development - Andrew Knox, 4th year internship
    Assistant Supervisor 2017-2018
  • Ethics Canvas website development - Andreas Burburan, internship
    Assistant Supervisor 2017-2017

Teaching, Knowledge Dissemination

Teaching

  • CS3014 Concurrent System I: 2018 Integrated Computer Science Degree Year 3, Trinity College Dublin

Seminars, Lectures

Teaching Assistant

  • CS7CS2 Research and Innovation Methods - 2018 Term I, MSc Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin

Demonstrator / Lab Assistant

  • CS1010 Introduction to Programming I/II - 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Term I/II, Trinity College Dublin
  • CS1013 Programming Project I - 2017 Term II, Trinity College Dublin
  • CS1021 Introduction to Computing I/II - 2016, 2017, 2018 Term I/II, Trinity College Dublin
  • CS1E03 Computer Engineering I - 2019, Term II, Trinity College Dublin
  • CS2010 Algorithms and Data Structures - 2017, 2018 Term II, Trinity College Dublin
  • CS2014 Systems Programming I - 2016 Term I, Trinity College Dublin
  • CS3012 Software Engineering - 2016 Term I, Trinity College Dublin
  • CS3021 Computer Architecture II - 2016, 2018 Term I, Trinity College Dublin
  • CS7IS1 Knowledge and Data Engineering - 2018 Term I, MSc Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin
  • CS1061 C Programming - 2014 Term I, University College Cork
  • CS5008, CS6509, CS1069 Internet Computing< - HiDip ACT, MSc and PGDip DSA, BSc Math Sci 2014 Term II, University College Cork
  • CS5015, CS6120 Object-Oriented Software Development - 2014 Term II, University College Cork