John Chuang

John Chuang is Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and graduated summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. His scholarship spans the areas of brainwave authentication, bio-sensory computing, and information economics and policy (including network economics, peer production, security and privacy). From 2015 to 2019, he was Founding Director of BioSENSE Lab, a multidisciplinary research team studying the application potentials and stewardship challenges of ubiquitous bio-sensing technologies. (See publications and CV for more details.)



Recent Publications

One-Step, Three-Factor Passthought Authentication with Custom-Fit, In-Ear EEG
N. Merrill, M. Curran, S. Gandhi, J. Chuang. Frontiers in Neuroscience, April 2019.

Sensing is Believing: What People Think Biosensors Can Reveal About Thoughts and Feelings
N. Merrill, J. Chuang, C. Cheshire. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2019), June 2019.

Understanding Digitally-Mediated Empathy: An Exploration of Visual, Narrative, and Biosensory Informational Cues
M. Curran, J. Gordon, L. Lin, P.K. Sridhar, J. Chuang. Proceedings of ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019), May 2019.

Models of Minds: Reading the Mind Beyond the Brain
N. Merrill, J. Chuang. Adjunct Proceedings of ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (alt.chi), May 2019.

Emotional Biosensing: Exploring Critical Alternatives
N. Howell, J. Chuang, A. De Kosnik, G. Niemeyer, K. Ryokai. PACM on Human-Computer Interaction, November 2018. (CSCW 2018)

Faking it, Making it: Fooling and Improving Brain-Based Authentication with Generative Adversarial Networks
T. Piplani, N. Merrill, J. Chuang. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications, and Systems (BTAS 2018), October 2018.

Exploring the Feasibility and Performance of One-Step Three-Factor Authentication with Ear-EEG
M. Curran, N. Merrill, S. Gandhi, J. Chuang. Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems (PhyCS 2018), September 2018.
Best Student Paper Award

When BCIs have APIs: Design Fictions of Everyday Brain-Computer Interface Adoption
R. Wong, N. Merrill, J. Chuang. ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2018), June 2018.
Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

From Scanning Brains to Reading Minds: Talking to Engineers about Brain-Computer Interface
N. Merrill, J. Chuang. ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018), April 2018.

A Window into the Soul: Biosensing in Public
E. Sedenberg, R. Wong, J. Chuang. In Surveillance, Privacy and Public Spaces, by Newell, Timan, Koops (eds.), Routledge, March 2018.

Eliciting Values Reflections by Engaging Privacy Futures Using Design Workbooks
R. Wong, D. Mulligan, E. Van Wyk, J. Pierce, J. Chuang. PACM on Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 1, No. 2, Article 111, November 2017. (CSCW 2018 Online First)
Best Paper Award

Given Enough Eyeballs, All Bugs are Shallow? Revisiting Eric Raymond with Bug Bounty Programs
T. Maillart, M. Zhao, J. Grossklags, J. Chuang. Journal of Cybersecurity, October 2017.

Is the Future of Authenticity All In Our Heads? Moving Passthoughts From the Lab to the World
N. Merrill, M. Curran, J. Chuang. New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW ’17), October 2017.

Designing Commercial Therapeutic Robots for Privacy Preserving Systems and Ethical Research Practices Within the Home
E. Sedenberg, J. Chuang, D. Mulligan. International Journal of Social Robotics, August 2016.

Passthoughts Authentication with Low Cost EarEEG
M. Curran, J. Yang, N. Merrill, J. Chuang. Proceedings of 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2016), August 2016.

Classifying Mental Gestures with In-Ear EEG
N. Merrill, M. Curran, J. Yang, J. Chuang. Proceedings of IEEE EMBS 13th Annual International Body Sensor Networks Conference (BSN 2016), June 2016.

Full List of Publications

Google Scholar Page



Recent Teaching

INFO 234 Information Technology Economics, Strategy, and Policy
INFO 290 Sensors, Humans, Data, Apps
INFO 290 Research Seminar on Ubiquitous Sensing
INFO 290T Mind-Reading and Telepathy for Beginners and Intermediates
INFO 295 Doctoral Colloquium


Datasets and Software

Synchronized Brainwave Recordings from a Group Presented with a Common Audio-Visual Stimulus
John Chuang, Nicholas Merrill, Thomas Maillart, and Students of the UC Berkeley Spring 2015 MIDS Immersion Class, May 2015.
Also available on: Kaggle


Synchronized Brainwave Recordings from a Group Presented with a Common Visual Stimulus
John Chuang, Nicholas Merrill, Thomas Maillart, and Students of the UC Berkeley Fall 2014 INFO290 Class, March 2015.


PhD Students and Postdocs

Jeremy Gordon (current PhD student)
Max Curran (current PhD student)
Elaine Sedenberg (PhD 2019; co-advised with Deirdre Mulligan; Facebook)
Nick Merrill (PhD 2018; UC Berkeley)
Ashwin Mathew (PhD 2014; co-advised with Coye Cheshire; King's College London)
Melissa Densmore (PhD 2012; co-advised with AnnaLee Saxenian; University of Cape Town)
Jens Grossklags (PhD 2009; Technical University of Munich)
Paul Laskowski (PhD 2009; UC Berkeley)
Michal Feldman (PhD 2005; Tel-Aviv University)

Thomas Maillart (Postdoc 2013-2017; University of Geneva)
Timo Smura (Postdoc 2012-2013; Verto Analytics)
Benjamin Johnson (Postdoc 2009-2011 and 2013-2014; TU Munich)
Moshe Babaioff (Postdoc 2005-2007; Microsoft Research)
Sonja Buchegger (Postdoc 2004-2006; KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm)
Pedro Ferreira (Postdoc 2004-2005; Carnegie Mellon University)
Ahsan Habib (Postdoc 2003-2005; Telenav)
Nicolas Christin (Postdoc 2003-2005; Carnegie Mellon University)


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