Jason Hong works in the areas of usability, mobility, privacy, and security. His research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction, privacy and security, and systems, focusing primarily on two questions:

  • How can we use rich sensor data to improve our lives?
  • How can we make privacy and security easier for everyone?

Hong’s research group is CHIMPS (Computer Human Interaction: Mobility Privacy Security). The group’s work has been featured in CNN, The New York Times, and BBC.

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2005 Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley

1997 B.S. in Discrete Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology

1997 B.S. in Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology


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CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CyLab researchers to present at ACM CHI 2023

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute researchers are set to present seven papers at the upcoming ACM CHI 2023 (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems).

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CyLab awards 2023 seed funding

This year, CyLab has awarded $450K in seed funding to 20 faculty, staff, and students in five departments across three colleges at CMU.

Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science

Hong named Association for Computing Machinery Fellow

Jason Hong, professor in Carnegie Mellon's Human-Computer Interaction Institute and member of CyLab, has been recognized as a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The distinction, reserved for the top 1% of the association's membership, honors recipients' outstanding work in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community.


Hong quoted on protecting reproductive health user data

CyLab’s Jason Hong spoke to Health about protecting reproductive health user data in the wake of Roe v. Wade’s overturn.

Consumer Affairs

Hong quoted on travel scams

CyLab’s Jason Hong spoke with Consumer Affairs about avoiding travel-related scams, particularly when reviewing electronic notifications like text messages.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Peekaboo! Here’s a system to guarantee smart home privacy

CyLab researchers have developed a new privacy-sensitive architecture for developers to build smart home apps.


Hong quoted on period tracking apps

CyLab’s Jason Hong was quoted in an NPR article on period tracking apps after the leaked Supreme Court draft overturning Roe V. Wade. “Your data could actually be all over the network at this point. And it’s really hard to track what’s going on.” Hong said.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CyLab researchers investigate Apple’s privacy labels

Roughly a year after Apple rolled out its privacy label requirements, CyLab researchers have gained a comprehensive look at the state of iOS privacy labels.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

“Adulting” for cybersecurity, GANs, and more: CyLab’s 2022 seed funding awardees

Over $400K in seed funding has been awarded to 18 different faculty and staff across seven departments at Carnegie Mellon to support security and privacy research.

Popular Science

Hong on QR code scams

CyLab’s Jason Hong explains how to avoid getting scammed through QR codes in a recent Popular Science article.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Avoid a privacy nightmare with “Lean Privacy Review”

CyLab researchers have developed a fast, cheap, and easy-to-access method to catch privacy issues early in a system’s development process.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Protect your security and privacy with these tips from CyLab faculty

In celebration of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collection of CyLab faculty have shared some tips they recommend following to stay safe online.