My research interests lie in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) with specific focuses on usable privacy and security. Advised by Dr. Kelly Caine, I am doing research on online photo privacy protection (e.g. photos on online social networks). This research investigates the effectiveness against human recognition and user experience of a set of photo obfuscation methods, for example, blurring, avatar, point-light, masking, and inpainting. We employed the quantitive method and did two online experiments with MTurk participants. This study gives recommendations for future photo privacy protection mechanism development.
I switched my role from a designer to a researcher, but outside of my research, I am still very into all kinds of arts and design. “Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives, whether or not we are aware of it, and can also be inspiring, empowering and enlightening.”