John Chuang

I am a Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, with an affiliate appointment in EECS. My research interests are in bio-sensory computing (brainwave authentication, ear EEG, socio-physiological computing) and information economics, policy, and ethics (network economics, peer production, security and privacy).

I direct the BioSENSE Lab, a multidisciplinary research team studying the application potentials and stewardship challenges of ubiquitous bio-sensing technologies.

I received my 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.

More information: Research Publications, Google Scholar, CV

What's New

Nick Merrill and I co-taught Mind-Reading and Telepathy for Beginners and Intermediates in Fall 2017.

Elaine Sedenberg and I gave a talk on the application frontiers and challenges of ubiquitous biosensing at DataEDGE Conference 2017. (Video)

Congratulations Teal Alert for winning the 2017 James R. Chen Award for Outstanding MIMS Final Project!

Congratulations MIMS'17 Final Project teams: Teal Alert, TEEM, and VR the Change.

Passthoughts and In-Ear EEG in the news: Techonomy, Neo.Life, CNET, KRON4 TV, IEEE Spectrum, CNET, and more.

Recent Papers

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.

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)

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?
N. Merrill, M. Curran, J. Chuang. New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW ’17), October 2017.

Using Science Fiction Texts to Surface User Reflections on Privacy
R. Wong, D. Mulligan, J. Chuang. Adjunct Proceedings of ACM UbiComp/ISWC, September 2017.

Windows into the Soul: Biosensing in Public
E. Sedenberg, R. Wong, J. Chuang. 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


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.

Doctoral Students

Max Curran
Jeremy Gordon (co-advised with Joshua Blumenstock)
Nick Merrill
Elaine Sedenberg (co-advised with Deirdre Mulligan)

Former Doctoral Students and Postdocs

Moshe Babaioff (Microsoft Research)
Sonja Buchegger (KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm)
Nicolas Christin (Carnegie Mellon University)
Melissa Densmore (University of Cape Town; co-advised with AnnaLee Saxenian)
Michal Feldman (Tel Aviv University)
Pedro Ferreira (Carnegie Mellon University)
Jens Grossklags (Technical University Munich)
Ahsan Habib (Telenav)
Benjamin Johnson (UC Berkeley)
Paul Laskowski (UC Berkeley)
Thomas Maillart (University of Geneva)
Ashwin Mathew (Packet Clearing House; co-advised with Coye Cheshire)
Timo Smura (Verto Analytics)


Contact Information

Office: 303A South Hall (directions)
Office hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm and Wednesdays 3:30-4pm (Spring 2018)
E-mail: <lastname>

School of Information
University of California at Berkeley
102 South Hall #4600
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600

The back of my business card (in chinese).