Ben Zhao

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Computer Science



Professor, Department of Computer Science


Ben Zhao is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science at UC Berkeley (2000, 2004), and his B.S. from Yale (1997). He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER award, MIT Technology Review's TR-35 Award (Young Innovators Under 35), ComputerWorld Magazine's Top 40 Technology Innovators award, and the Google Faculty award. His work has been covered by media outlets such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, MIT Tech Review, and Slashdot. He has published more than 100 scientific publications in the areas of security and privacy, networked and distributed systems, wireless networks, and data-intensive computing. He has also served as program chair for top conferences, such as WOSN, WWW 2013 OSN track, IPTPS, IEEE P2P, and is a co-founder and on the steering committee of the new ACM Conference on Online Social Networks (COSN).


distributed systems; data mining; security and privacy; networking; crowdsourcing systems; online social networks


Wang, G., Wang, B., Wang, T., Nika, A., Zheng, H., & Zhao, B. Y. (2014). Whispers in the Dark: Analysis of an Anonymous Social Network. Proceedings of the 14th ACM SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC). Vancouver, Canada. 

Wang, G., Wang, T., Zheng, H., & Zhao, B. Y. (2014, August). Man vs. machine: Practical adversarial detection of malicious crowdsourcing workers. In 23rd USENIX Security Symposium, USENIX Association, CA.

Jiang, J., Wilson, C., Wang, X., Sha, W., Huang, P., Dai, Y., & Zhao, B. Y. (2013). Understanding latent interactions in online social networks. ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB)7(4), 18.