News

04
Nov 2014

Jason Hong

30
Oct 2014

Jason Hong

Presentation to Congressional Staffers about Smartphone Privacy

We presented some of our ongoing work on analyzing the privacy of smartphone apps to a packed room of Congressional staffers in Washington, DC. Slides for the talk, entitled How to Analyze the Privacy of 1 Million Smartphone Apps, are available online.

20
May 2014

Jason Hong

Congrats to Shahriyar Amini on completing his PhD

Congrats to Shahriyar Amini for completing his PhD. His dissertation was entitled: Analyzing Mobile App Privacy Using Computation and Crowdsourcing.

14
Apr 2014

Jason Hong

Congrats to Sauvik Das and Gierad Laput on Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Congratulations to Sauvik Das and Gierad Laput on winning the annual Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. Their project was Everyday Objects for Physical Space Authentication.

26
Feb 2014

Jason Hong

Our Group's Work Featured as Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2014 by World Economic Forum

"[A] team at Carnegie Mellon University has been looking at how to use smartphone data to predict the onset of depression by modelling changes in sleep behaviours and social relationships over time. In another example, the Livehoods project, large quantities of geotagged data created by people’s smartphones (using software such as Instagram and Foursquare) and crawled from the Web have allowed researchers to understand the patterns of movement through urban spaces."

http://forumblog.org/2014/02/top-ten-emerging-technologies-2014/

25
Feb 2014

Jason Hong

USEC 2014 paper on The Privacy and Security Behaviors of Smartphone App Developers

Our team has a paper presented at USEC 2014 on how developers deal with privacy and security issues when creating apps. See the full paper here.

02
Nov 2013

Michael Villena

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CHIMPS Lab goes horseback riding

The CHIMPS Lab decides to get their cowboy on and go for a little horseback riding retreat. I reckon their ain't no better way to see these lands than to do it on horseback.

Tags: activities

30
Oct 2013

Jason Hong

Congrats to Jialiu Lin on completing his PhD

Congratulations to Jialiu Lin for finishing her PhD. Her dissertation was entitled: Understanding and Capturing People's Mobile App Privacy Preferences

27
Sep 2013

Michael Villena

Farewell to Viet Bui and Manuel Maas

The CHIMPS Lab gives Viet Bui and Manuel Maas a final hurrah before their return to Germany at the Porch. All the best to them as they complete their masters and bachelors, respectively.

24
Sep 2013

Michael Villena

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Testing Out Google Glass

The labs receives Google Glass. Time for some POV camera shots.

Tags: Google Glass, wearable computing

10
Sep 2013

Michael Villena

Sauvik and Eiji win best paper at Ubicomp 2013

Sauvik Das and Eiji Hayashi's paper, Exploring Capturable Everyday Memory For Autobiographical Authentication, won a best paper award at Ubicomp 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland.

02
Aug 2013

Michael Villena

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Farewell to Richmond

The CHIMPS Lab gives Richmond one last farewell at the Porch. It was great having him join us for the summer, and we wish him the best of luck as he finishes his last year at Cornell.

20
Jul 2013

Michael Villena

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CHIMPS Lab goes whitewater rafting at Ohioplye, PA

The CHIMPS Lab spent Saturday whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River at Ohioplye, PA. Despite the challenging rapids and rocks on the river, we made it through the river without capsizing and losing a man overboard. It was a fun and exciting time for the lab relying on coordination and collaboration to get through the tumultuous river.

Tags: activities

13
May 2013

Jason Hong

Papers accepted to MobileHCI, Ubicomp, and KDD

We have three papers recently accepted.

At Mobile HCI 2013, we have Investigating Collaborative Mobile Search Behaviors.

At Ubicomp 2013, we have Memorability of the Mundane: Exploring Capturable Everyday Memory for Autobiographical Authentication.

At KDD 2013, we have Why People Hate Your App — Making Sense of User Feedback in a Mobile App Store

16
Apr 2013

Jason Hong

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Feb 2013

Jason Hong

15
Feb 2013

Jason Hong

Google Research Award on Privacy for Smartphone Apps

Our team was recently awarded a Google Research Award on "CrowdScanning: Combining Crowdsoucring, Static Analysis, and Dynamic Analysis to Improve Mobile App Privacy and Security".

26
Dec 2012

Jason Hong

Interview with CBS Morning Show on Smartphone App Privacy

Jason Hong was recently interviewed on CBS Morning Show about smartphone app privacy, talking about several surprising behaviors about these apps.

24
Oct 2012

Jason Hong

Congrats to Polo Chau for SCS Dissertation Award Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Polo Chau for being awarded SCS Dissertation Award Honorable Mention for his work "Data Mining Meets HCI: Making Sense of Large Graphs".

01
Sep 2012

Jason Hong

Congrats to Polo Chau, starting as an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech

Happy congratulations and sad farewells as Polo Chau moves on to a new position at Georgia Institute of Technology. Best of luck Polo!

01
Sep 2012

Jason Hong

New NSF Grant on CrowdScanning

National Science Foundation has funded our research grant entitled Capturing People’s Expectations of Privacy with Mobile Apps by Combining Automated Scanning and Crowdsourcing Techniques. This work is a joint collaboration with Joy Zhang at CMU Silicon Valley and Janne Lindqvist at Rutgers University.

30
Jun 2012

Guang Xiang

Our ICWSM Work about Merger&Acquisition Prediction on TechCrunch

Our paper "A Supervised Approach to Predict Company Acquisition with Factual and Topic Features Using Profiles and News Articles on TechCrunch", published at ICWSM'12, is reported by TechCrunch. TechCrunch is a leading technology media property dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.

Our paper is downloadable at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~guangx/papers/icwsm12-short.pdf, and the TechCrunch article reporting us can be found at http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/30/thanks-science-new-study-says-crunchbase-is-an-information-treasure-trove/

09
Apr 2012

Jason Hong

Livehoods.org is Live

The [livehoods.org](livehoods.org) site is now public. Our vision is to re-imagine how cities work in the age of social media. Specifically, we've analyzed and clustered 18m Foursquare checkins to understand how people use a city. We currently have maps for New York City and Pittsburgh. San Francisco will be out soon.

27
Feb 2012

Jason Hong

Two Papers Accepted to ICWSM 2012

Two of our submissions were accepted to ICWSM 2012

  • A Supervised Approach to Predict Company Acquisition With Factual and Topic Features Using Profiles and News Articles on TechCrunch (accepted as a poster)

  • The Livehoods Project: Utilizing Social Media to Understand the Dynamics of a City (accepted as a full paper)

Congrats to Guang and to Justin

02
Feb 2012

Jason Hong

Jason Wiese Named a Finalist for Facebook Fellowship

Jason Wiese was named as a finalist for the 2012 Facebook Fellowship, congrats to Jason.

29
Jan 2012

Jason Hong

Overview of the Current State of Phishing Attacks published in Communications of the ACM

JasonH's survey article of phishing attacks was recently published in the Communications of the ACM.

Link to CACM article

Phishing is a kind of social-engineering attack in which criminals use spoofed email messages to trick people into sharing sensitive information or installing malware on their computers. Victims perceive these messages as being associated with a trusted brand, while in reality they are only the work of con artists. Rather than directly target the systems people use, phishing attacks target the people using the systems. Phishing cleverly circumvents the vast majority of an organization's or individual's security measures. It doesn't matter how many firewalls, encryption software, certificates, or two-factor authentication mechanisms an organization has if the person behind the keyboard falls for a phish.