Yang Wang

Yang Wang

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.

Before coming to Syracuse, I was a research scientist at the CyLabin 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.


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 research draws from social sciences and sub-disciplines of computer science such as human-computer interaction, software engineering, and machine learning. I am also interested in public policy issues, especially those regarding privacy. My research has been supported by NSF, Department of Education, Google, Alcatel-Lucent, and The Privacy Projects.