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University of Michigan School of Information

Yixin Zou

Yixin Zou

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I am a PhD student at the University of Michigan, School of Information (UMSI) advised by Prof. Florian Schaub. I am part of the Security and Privacy Interaction (SPI) Lab and the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing (MISC) group. I also work closely with the Usable Privacy Policy Project team at Carnegie Mellon University, and a research team based in New York City that studies computer security and privacy issues in the context of intimate partner violence.


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 and Awards

Best Paper Honorable Mention, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2019, 2020)

Facebook Fellowship Finalist (2019, 2020)

UMSI Field Prelim Milestone Distinction Award (2019)

NortonLifeLock Research Group Graduate Fellowship (2019)

Distinguished Paper Award, Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (2018)


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


"Aunties, Strangers, and the FBI: Online Privacy Concerns and Experiences of Muslim-American Women. UMSI Researchers, Tanisha Afnan, Yixin Zou, Mustafa Naseem, Florian Schaub." UMSI Research in a magnifying glass graphic.
Understanding unique privacy concerns for Muslim-American women can improve digital design

In a new study, UMSI researchers uncover unique privacy concerns Muslim-American women face online. Their work can help designers to better protect privacy for all people.

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Privacy at Michigan Online Self-Defense Workshops
Privacy workshops to offer tips on securing personal data online

Members of the University of Michigan School of Information’s Security Privacy Interaction Lab will present online self-defense workshops on protecting accounts and devices and personal information as part of the Privacy@Michigan series of virtual events centering data privacy.

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