John Chuang

John Chuang is a Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, with an affiliate appointment in the Department of EECS. His research interests are in bio-sensory computing (brainwave authentication, human factors in wearable computing) and information economics and policy (network economics, peer production, security and privacy). The Chuang Sirbu Scaling Law is named for his work on scaling properties of multicast trees.

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.

Prof. Chuang co-created BoxBabble, an ingredient-based search tool serving consumers with food allergies and sensitivities. He designed the registerfile (and won the chip logo design contest) for the MIPS R10000 microprocessor, now in the collection of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institute.

Curriculum Vitae: PDF

Research Publications: listed by area and at Google Scholar


Call for Papers: 1st Workshop on Wearable Security and Privacy, January 30 2015, Puerto Rico.

New Course in Fall 2014: Sensors, Humans, Data, Apps

Congratulations to Ashwin Mathew for completing his PhD Dissertation "Where in the World is the Internet? Locating Political Power in Internet Infrastructure".

The Virtuous Circle of Wikipedia: Recursive Measures of Collaboration Structures
M. Klein, T. Maillart, J. Chuang. Accepted at 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW'15), March 2015.

My Thoughts are Not Your Thoughts: Robustness of Brainwave Signal Authentication Against Impersonation Attacks
B. Johnson, T. Maillart, J. Chuang. Workshop on Usable Privacy & Security for wearable and domestic ubIquitous DEvices (UPSIDE'14), ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp'14), September 2014.

One-Step Two-Factor Authentication with Wearable Bio-Sensors
J. Chuang. Workshop on "Who are you?! Adventures in Authentication" (WAY'14), 10th USENIX Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS'14), July 2014.

Government Surveillance and Incentives to Abuse Power
P. Laskowski, B. Johnson, T. Maillart, J. Chuang. Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS’14), June 2014.

Selected Publications

I Think, Therefore I Am: Usability and Security of Authentication Using Brainwaves [project page]
J. Chuang, H. Nguyen, C. Wang, B. Johnson. Workshop on Usable Security (USEC'13), Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security (FC’13), April 2013.

Community-based Web Security: Complementary Roles of the Serious and Casual Contributors
P. Chia, J. Chuang. Proceedings of ACM CSCW, February 2012.

Loci of Competition for Future Internet Architectures
J. Chuang. IEEE Communications Magazine, Special Issue on Future Internet Architectures: Design and Deployment Perspectives, July 2011.

Incentive Dynamics in Interdependent Network Security. Or: Buying a Raft and Out-Running a Bear
J. Chuang. Plenary lecture, 2nd International Conference on Game Theory for Networks (GameNets 2011), April 2011.

Secure or Insure? A Game-Theoretic Analysis of Information Security Games
J. Grossklags, N. Christin, J. Chuang. 17th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008), April 2008.

Network Monitors and Contracting Systems: Competition and Innovation
P. Laskowski, J. Chuang. ACM SIGCOMM, September 2006.

Free-Riding and Whitewashing in Peer-to-Peer Systems
M. Feldman, C. Papadimitriou, J. Chuang, I. Stoica. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 24, No. 5, May 2006.

Research Projects (Present and Past)


Current and Past Doctoral Students and Postdocs

Selected Professional Activities

  • Co-Chair, Joint Workshop on Pricing and Incentives in Networks and Systems (W-PIN+NetEcon 2014)
  • Steering Committee, Workshop on the Economics of Networks, Systems, and Computation (NetEcon 2006-Present)
  • Conference Chair, 10th ACM E-Commerce Conference (EC 2009)
  • PC Co-Chair, 7th ACM E-Commerce Conference (EC 2006)

  • Program Committee, Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security (GameSec 2013, GameSec 2012, GameSec 2010)
  • Program Committee, 2nd Conference on Game Theory for Networks (GameNets 2011)
  • Program Committee, Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC 2010 and TPRC 2011)
  • Program Committee, ACM E-Commerce Conference (EC 2010 and EC 2008)
  • Program Committee, International WWW Conference (WWW 2010 and WWW 2008)
  • Program Committee, 7th International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Systems (IPTPS 2008)
  • Program Committee, International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2007)
  • Program Committee, ACM SIGCOMM Conference (SIGCOMM 2006)


Contact Information

Office: 303A South Hall (directions)
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Fax: 510-642-5814
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School of Information
University of California at Berkeley
102 South Hall #4600
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600

The back of my business card (in chinese).