Yixin Zou

4341 North Quad
PhD student


I am a PhD student at the University of Michigan, School of Information (UMSI) advised by Dr. Florian Schaub. I am part of the Security and Privacy Interaction (SPI) Lab and the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing (MISC) group.

Areas of interest

My research interests lie in the intersection of security, privacy, and human-computer interactions. I study topics such as data breach notifications, phishing/malware warnings, and website privacy choices, trying to understand users' behavior and preference in these contexts and how to better motivate users to take actions in face of threats through HCI and interaction design.

Honors & Awards

Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship, 2019; Best Paper Honorable Mention, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2019; Distinguished Paper Award, Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), 2018; UMSI Pre-candidacy Paper Distinguished Award, 2018.


B.S. in Advertising, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign