I am a PhD candidate (successfully defended, graduating in Oct. 2018) in Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Rutgers University. I joined Computer Engineering PhD program in 2013 fall and started working in the Rutgers Human-Computer Interaction and Security Engineering Lab (also part of WINLAB research center) supervised by Dr. Janne Lindqvist. My major research interest is privacy and security engineering in applications on driving, data transmitting, and online information sharing. I'm specially interested in applying mathematical, statistical, and machine learning models to solve problems related to human-computer interaction. 

I graduated from Rutgers University with a BS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2013. I love physics, mathematics, statistics, machine learning, and engineering. I am excited to work on multidisciplinary projects.



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Education

Rutgers University, PhD (Present, GPA 4.0)
Rutgers University, BS (2013, GPA 4.0)
Middlesex County College, AS (2011, GPA 4.0)

Selected Awards and Scholarships

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Award (Received in 2015)
Best Paper Nominee Award in the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
Outstanding Engineering Scholar (Rutgers University)
John B. Smith Memorial Prize (Rutgers University)
PTK Scholarship (Rutgers University)
Frank M. Chambers Award For Academic Achievement (Middlesex County College)
GMB North America Scholarship (Middlesex County College)

Publications

NEW! Xianyi Gao, Yulong Yang, Can Liu, Christos Mitropoulos, Janne Lindqvist, and Antti Oulasvirta, "Forgetting of Passwords: Ecological Theory and Data", (To appear) In Proceedings of the conference on USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX'18, Tier-1 Security Conference), 2018

Xianyi Gao, Bernhard Firner, Shridatt Sugrim, Victor Kaiser-Pendergrast, Yulong Yang, and Janne Lindqvist, “Transforming Speed Sequences into Road Rays on the Map with Elastic Pathing”, published in arXiv (http://arxiv.org/abs/1710.06932), 2017, under submission to IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing

Fengpeng Yuan, Xianyi Gao, and Janne Lindqvist, "How Busy Are You? Predicting the Interruptibility Intensity of Mobile Users", In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '17, Tier-1 Human-Computer Interaction Conference), 2017
Xianyi Gao, Gradeigh D. Clark, and Janne Lindqvist, "Of Two Minds, Multiple Addresses, and One Ledger: Characterizing Opinions, Knowledge, and Perceptions of Bitcoin Across Users and Non-Users", In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '16, Tier-1 Human-Computer Interaction Conference), 2016
Xianyi Gao, Bernhard Firner, Shridatt Sugrim, Victor Kaiser-Pendergrast, Yulong Yang, and Janne Lindqvist, "Elastic Pathing: Your Speed is Enough to Track You", In ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp'14, Tier-1 Conference in Ubiquitous Computing), 2014
  • Our paper has won the Best Paper Nominee award (4% of all papers) in Ubicomp'14 (13.7% acceptance rate)
  • Paper
  • Website
Xianyi Gao, Yulong Yang, Huiqing Fu, Janne Lindqvist, and Yang Wang, “Private Browsing an Inquiry on Usability and Privacy Protection”, In Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (WPES’14), 2014

Presentations and Talks
“Elastic Pathing 2.0: Your Speed is Enough to Track You Revisited”, Poster Presentation in USENIX Security Symposium, Washington, D.C., USA, Aug, 2015
User-Generated Free-Form Gestures for Authentication: Security and Memorability”, Poster Presentation in SOUPS, Ottawa, Canada, July, 2015
“Elastic Pathing: Your Speed is Enough to Track You”, ACM Ubicomp, Seattle, WA, USA, September, 2014
“Elastic Pathing: Your Speed is Enough to Track You”, WINLAB IAB research review, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA, May, 2014
“Private Browsing: an Inquiry on Usability and Privacy Protection”, WINLAB IAB research review, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA, Dec, 2014
“Private Browsing: an Inquiry on Usability and Privacy Protection”, Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (WPES 2014), Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Contact

Email: xianyigmsn@hotmail.com
Campus Address:
96 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8018