PhD, Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine
Other professional appointments
Faculty Affiliate, Department of Computer Science, Illinois
Faculty Affiliate, Illinois Informatics
Faculty Affiliate, Institute of Software Research (ISR), University of California, Irvine
Honors and Awards
- Facebook Privacy Preserving Technologies Research Award, 2020
- Co-director, Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Research Cluster on "AI & Society"
- Best Paper Honorable Mention at the ACM CSCW Conference
- IAPP SOUPS Privacy Award 2019
- NSF CAREER award
- Best Paper Honorable Mention at the ACM CHI Conference
- Top Privacy Paper for Policy Makers selected by the Future of Privacy Forum
- Robert Benjamin Junior Faculty Achievement Award, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
Yang Wang is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He co-directs the Social Computing Systems (SALT) Lab. He was previously an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and a research scientist in CyLab at Carnegie Mellon University. His research is centered around usable privacy and security, and social computing. His work has appeared in news media such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, and China Daily. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services, Google, Alcatel-Lucent, and The Privacy Projects. He received his PhD in information and computer science from the University of California, Irvine.
Courses currently teaching
By appointment, please contact professor
Publications & Papers
N. Barbosa, Z. Zhang, Y. Wang (2020): Do Privacy and Security Matter to Everyone? Quantifying and Clustering User-Centric Considerations About Smart Home Device Adoption. Proceedings of the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS2020).
Y. Yao, J. Basdeo, O. Rosata, Y. Wang. Privacy Perceptions and Designs of Bystanders in Smart Homes. Proceedings of the ACM (PACM): Human-Computer Interaction: Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW2019).
N. Barbosa, J. Park, Y. Yao, Y. Wang. "What if?" Predicting Individual Users' Smart Home Privacy Preferences and Their Changes. Proceedings of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETS), 2019.
J. Hayes, S. Kaushik, C. Price, Y. Wang. Cooperative Privacy and Security: Learning from People with Visual Impairments and Their Allies. Proceedings of Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS2019).
Y. Yao, S. Kaushik, J. Basdeo, Y. Wang. Defending My Castle: A Co-Design Study of Privacy Mechanisms for Smart Homes. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems (CHI2019).
Y. Wang. Inclusive security and privacy. IEEE Security Privacy, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 82-87, 2018.
C. Jackson and Y. Wang. Addressing The Privacy Paradox through Personalized Privacy Notifications. Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, vol. 2, no. 2, Article 68 (July 2018), 25 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3214271 (Oral presentation at UbiComp 2018).
Alessandro Acquisti, Idris Adjerid, Rebecca Balebako, Laura Brandimarte, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Saranga Komanduri, Pedro Giovanni Leon, Norman Sadeh, Florian Schaub, Manya Sleeper, Yang Wang, and Shomir Wilson. Nudges for Privacy and Security: Understanding and Assisting Users' Choices Online. ACM Computing Survey, 50, 3, Article 44 (August 2017), 41 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3054926
N. Barbosa, J. Hayes, Y. Wang. UniPass: Design and Evaluation of A Smart Device-Based Password Manager for Visually Impaired Users. In Proceedings of 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2016).
Y. Wang, P.G. Leon, L.F. Cranor, A. Acquisti, N. Sadeh, A. Forget. A Field Trial of Privacy Nudges for Facebook. Proceedings of the ACM Conf. Human Factors in Computer Systems (CHI2014).
Y. Wang, S. Komanduri, P. G. Leon, G. Norcie, A. Acquisti, L. F. Cranor. "I regretted the minute I pressed share": A Qualitative Study of Regrets on Facebook. In Proceedings of the 7th Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS2011).
N. Barbosa, J. Park, Y. Yao, Y. Wang. "What if?" Predicting Individual Users' Smart Home Privacy Preferences and Their Changes. PrivacyCon 2019, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), DC, USA. June 2019.
Y. Wang. Folk models of Online Behavioral Advertising. Brave. May 2019.
Y Wang. Inclusive Privacy and Security. Facebook. Menlo Park, CA, USA. April 2019.
Y Wang. The Third Wave? Inclusive Privacy and Security. Fourteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2018), Baltimore, MD, USA. August 2018.
Y. Wang. The Third Wave? Inclusive Privacy and Security. Institute of Software Research (ISR), University of California, Irvine, CA, USA. June 2018.
H. Xia, Y. Wang, Y. Huang, A. Shah. "Our Privacy Needs To Be Protected At All Costs": Crowd Workers' Privacy Experiences on Mechanical Turk. PrivacyCon2018, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), DC, USA. February 2018.
Y. Wang. The Third Wave? Inclusive Privacy and Security. School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. March 2017.
Y. Yao, D. Lo Re, Y. Wang: Folk Models of Online Behavioral Advertising. PrivacyCon2017, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), DC, USA. January 2017.
Y. Wang, H. Xia, Y. Yao, Y. Huang. Privacy Perceptions of Civilian Drones in The US. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), DC, USA. October 2016.
Y. Wang. From Facebook Regrets to Facebook Nudges. IBM Research, Almaden, CA, USA. July 2014.
Active Research Projects
In the News
- Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
- Computational Social Science, Social Computing
- Computing for Social Good
- Diversity and Social Justice
- Ethics and Values for Information
- FATE (fairness, accountability, transparency, ethics)
- Human Computer Interaction, User Experience, Computer Supported Cooperative Work
- Privacy, Security, and Trust
- Social Media