The Research Associates will work on the EPSRC project titled “Serious Coding: A Game Approach to Security for the New Code-Citizens” and join a team of Heriot-Watt researchers in the field of Software Security and Human Computer Interaction (with a specialist interest in serious games). The overall project has three research associates, two at Heriot-Watt University and one at Glasgow School of Art. The aim of the project is to develop a method and platform for serious games to raise security understanding among software developers. This involves preparing materials for expert and non-expert coders in collaboration with HCI and security experts.
The vision is to engage the wide public of coders to consider and understand security when coding. A number of user centered and game design events will co-design a number of online code-based games that will be showcased in the last year of the project. Players data will be collected and analysed to evaluate the impact of the games. The components and games developed as part of the project are expected to be under open licence to allow for re-use and further development.