Ben Y. Zhao


ravenben+www at cs dot uchicago dot edu
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News in Last 12 Months

March 29 2018: On Chicago Tonight talking about Facebook and data privacy

March 2018: ASPLOS 2018 "Influential Paper Award"

for OceanStore paper, ASPLOS 2000

March 2018: CoNext 2018 TPC

March 2018: on ML/AI panel @NICAR

Feb 27 2018: On Chicago Tonight talking about advance in AI/ML and misuse

Feb 2018: PETS 2019 TPC

Feb 2018: HotNets 2018 TPC

Feb 2018: Gave keynote on Machine Altered Reality @MIS2/WSDM

Jan 31 2018: I was on Chicago Tonight talking about fake accounts on social networks

Dec 2017: ICWSM 2018 Senior TPC

Nov 2017: PC Chair IMC 2018

Nov 2017: Bolun signs offer from the dark side Facebook. Congrats Bolun!

August 2017: Automated fake reviews using DNNs @CCS!

Congrats to Yuanshun, Bimal and Jenna!

July 2017: ML as a Service paper @IMC!

Congrats to Yuanshun, Zhujun, Bolun, Bimal!

July 2017: ACM TWeb Editorial Board

June 2017: WWW 2018 TPC

June 2017: NSF SybilDevices proposal funded!

June 2017: WSDM 2018 TPC

May 2017: Moving to UChicago!

Accepted offer at UChicago CS Department.

March 2017: Echo chamber & Venmo papers @ICWSM!

Congrats to Shiliang, Xinyi, Qingyun, and Megan!

Feb 2017: 1-device 60G RADAR @MobiSys

Congrats to Yanzi, Yuanshun!

Dec 2016: ML+crowdsourced wireless @WWW

Congrats to Zhijing et al!


Clickstream modeling code here
Measurement-calibrated graphs here
Embedding graph coordinate systems here

Contact info

Lab: 203A Searle
Office: 257D Ryerson
1100 E 58th Street
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60636

Travel/Deadlines (UChicago Calendar)

April 22, Houston, Harper Lecture
April 23-26, Montreal, CHI
May 1, Mozilla Research grants
CFP CCS 2018: May 8, 9PM PDT
May 8-10, Google I/O?
May 10-11, AFRL Workshop, IndianaU
May 17-18, DC
CFP IMC 2018: May 18-25, 5pm PDT
July 9-11, Keynote @ACM HT
CFP Hotnets 2018: July 13-20
Sept 7-9, NYC, Conext TPC
Sept 19-20, Bay area, Hotnets TPC

Other Stuff

Google Scholar (~24,000), H-index: 60
Erdos # = 3 (Erdos-M. Saks-K. Hildrum-B. Y. Zhao)
This page, circa 2011

I am Neubauer Professor of Computer Science at University of Chicago. Prior to joining UChicago, I was a Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara. My research covers a range of topics from large-distributed networks and systems, HCI, security and privacy, and wireless / mobile systems, mostly from a data-driven perspective. My current projects are focused on three areas: data-driven models of user behavior/interactions, security of online and mobile communities, and wireless systems and protocols. My work targets a range of top conferences, including WWW/IMC, Mobicom/SIGCOMM/NSDI, UsenixSecurity/NDSS/S&P/CCS, CHI/CSCW. Here's a wordle of my paper abstracts from 2014-early 2017.

Together with Prof. Heather Zheng, I co-direct the SAND Lab (Systems, Algorithms, Networking and Data) at University of Chicago. I received my PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2004, where I was advised by John Kubiatowicz and Anthony Joseph, and created the Tapestry distributed hash table (dissertation). I received my MS from Berkeley in 2000, and my BS in computer science from Yale in 1997. I am an ACM Distinguished Scientist, a recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER award (2005), MIT Tech Review's TR-35 Award (Young Innovators Under 35) (2006), IEEE Internet Technical Committee's Early Career Award (2014), and one of ComputerWorld's Top 40 Technology Innovators under 40. My papers have somewhere around 24,000 citations and an H-index of 60.

Fall 2018: Tu/Th 2:00-3:20PM, CMSC 30100 (Technical Writing and Presentations)
Clear, logical writing and presentations are foundational skills for computer scientists. This class is meant to introduce computer science students to basic ideas and techniques for effective communication in both writing and presentations. The class will include several complementary components, including critical analysis of technical papers, weekly writing assignments focusing on writing style, clarity, and logical flow, and discussions of style for different research areas and venues. Later weeks will focus on skills for effective technical presentations in different settings, e.g. conference presentations, job talks, and keynotes. The course is primarily targeted towards graduates students, although undergraduates can audit the class (or enroll with permission from the instructor). No prerequisites.

A collection of recent news and media coverage of our research is here.

Active data mining/OSN project pages: Clickstream behavior models, Graph Coordinate Systems, Graph Modeling/Generation, Social Network Measurement/Analysis, Detection of Social Spam and Fake Users (Sybils)

I'm always looking for bright PhD students!!
I'm always interested in self-driven/passionate students who want to work on high impact projects and have fun doing it. UChicago is a fantastic place to do a PhD, and we're constantly making improvements. To find out a bit more about me as an advisor, and my views on everything from students to research and the meaning of life, you can read some of my posts on Quora, where I've been "Top Writer" since 2014. You can read about my views on grad students (1, 2, 3), grad admissions (1, 2, 3), research (1, 2), and grants (1). Email me to get on my radar, and mention me (or Heather) in your application. I read all my emails. But due to the volume of these requests, I might not be able to reply to your email.

UChicago Undergraduates interested in research?
I generally advise 1-3 undergraduates in my lab in active research (we have 6 already in 2017-8). If you're interested in working in my lab as an undergrad, drop by my lab at 203A Searle and we'll talk! Generally speaking, the best way to join my lab as an undergrad is to take and do well in my courses in networking or applied ML,