Dr Yuchen Zhao is a Research Fellow in Computer Science and Informatics at the De Montfort University, Leicester.

His research aims to help people better protect their privacy by designing usable privacy-enhancing technologies. He has proposed to recommend privacy preferences from crowdsourcing data, which involves recommender systems and user-centric evaluation. He is also interested in measuring the strength of privacy metrics in different application scenarios. He has published papers in network security (WiSec 2014), ubiquitous computing (MobiQuitous 2015), human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence (IUI 2016), and mobile computing (MobiCASE 2016).

Dr Zhao holds a B.Eng in Information Security from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, an M.Sc in Information Security from Wuhan University, and a Ph.D from University of St Andrews.


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[1] Y. Zhao, J. Ye, and T. Henderson. A Robust Reputation-based Location-privacy Recommender System Using Opportunistic Networks. In Proceedings of the 8th EAI International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (MobiCASE ’16, acceptance rate = 38%), Cambridge, UK, Dec. 2016. 2267031. 

[2] Y. Zhao, J. Ye, and T. Henderson. The Effect of Privacy Concerns on Privacy Recommenders. In Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI ’16, acceptance rate = 25%), pages 218 – 227, Sonoma, CA, USA, Mar. 2016. 

[3] Y. Zhao. Usable Privacy in Location-Sharing Services. In Companion Publications of the 21st International Conference on Intelligent User Interface (IUI ’16 Companion), pages 110 – 113, Sonoma, CA, USA, Mar. 2016. 

[4] Y. Zhao, J. Ye, and T. Henderson. Privacy-aware Location Privacy Preference Recommendations. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (MobiQuitous ’14, acceptance rate = 19%), pages 120–129, London, UK, Dec. 2014. 2014.258017. 

[5] Y. Zhao, J. Ye, and T. Henderson. Recommending Location Privacy Preferences in Ubiquitous Computing (poster paper). In Proceedings of the 7th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec ’14), Oxford, UK, July 2014.  

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