Yang Wang @ Syracuse

Yang Wang
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Assistant Professor
School of Information Studies
Syracuse University

Co-director: SALT lab

Office: Hinds Hall 342
Email: ywang AT syr.edu
Phone: (315)-443-3744

News: I am looking for motivated students to work on a number of funded projects. The ideal student background are HCI, privacy and security, and accessible computing.

I am an assistant professor at the School of Information Studies (a.k.a., iSchool) in Syracuse University where I co-direct the SALT lab. I am also an affiliated faculty member in the Institute of Software Research (ISR) at the University of California, Irvine. I recently received a NSF CAREER award that supports my research on inclusive privacy.

My research focuses on privacy and security, and social computing. I am interested in studying human behavior with technology as well as the design and evaluation of novel technology that helps people to achieve better privacy and security. More generally, my research investigates technology that encourages and supports attitudinal or behavioral changes that benefit users. My recent focus has been designing privacy and security mechanisms for under-served populations such as people with disabilities. My research draws from social sciences and sub-disciplines of computer science such as human-computer interaction, accessible computing, software engineering, and machine learning. I am also interested in public policy issues, especially those regarding privacy, and have given invited talks discussing these issues at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). My research has been supported by NSF, Department of Education, Google, Alcatel-Lucent, and The Privacy Projects.

Before coming to Syracuse, I was a research scientist at the CyLab in Carnegie Mellon University. I spent two wonderful years at CMU working with Dr. Lorrie Cranor, Dr. Alessandro Acquisti, and folks in the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS Lab). I also collaborated with researchers from Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs on privacy-enhancing technologies.

I received my Ph.D. from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine. I had an amazing dissertation committee: Dr. Alfred Kobsa (advisor), Dr. André van der Hoek, and Dr. Gene Tsudik. While at UCI, I was affiliated with Institute of Software Research (ISR), Secure Computing & Networking Center (SCONCE) and Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO).

I had the opportunities to work at Intel Research with Dr. Scott Mainwaring, at Fuji Xerox Palo Alto Lab (FXPAL) with Dr. Daniel Billsus and Dr. David Hilbert, and at CommerceNet with Dr. Rohit Khare. I was a visiting researcher at Institute of Information Systems, Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany for 3 months in 2006 (during the FIFA World Cup :). I am a passionate soccer player and fan.

Last modified: December 16, 2018