Department of Computer Science and the College
Ben Y. Zhao’s research uses data, empirical experiments, and analysis to discover new problems and validate or debunk long-held models and assumptions. His current work focuses on data-driven models of user behavior, security and privacy, machine learning, and wireless and mobile systems. Several of his papers have created new research areas and reshaped others by invalidating incorrect assumptions through the use of experimental data.
Together with Heather Zheng (also of the University of Chicago), he co-directs the Systems, Algorithms, Networks, and Data Lab. He is credited with more than 150 research publications relating to security and privacy, networked systems, wireless networks, data-mining, and human-computer interaction. He is an avid user of Quora, a community knowledge building network, where he regularly writes about academic research and university life, and is one of its “Top Writers.”
Zhao is an Association for Computing Machinery Distinguished Member and a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development award, the MIT Technology Review’s TR35 award for young innovators under the age of 35, Computerworld’s Top 40 Tech Innovators under 40 award, and the Internet Technical Committee Early Career Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in computer science from Yale University.