Ben Y. Zhao
- Ph.D. Computer Science, UC Berkeley, 2004
- M.S. Computer Science, UC Berkeley, 2000
- B.S. Computer Science, Yale University, 1997
Ben Zhao is currently an Associate Professor at the Computer Science department, U. C. Santa Barbara. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley (2000, 2004), and his B.S. from Yale (1997). He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER award, MIT Technology Review's TR-35 Award (Young Innovators Under 35), ComputerWorld Magazine's Top 40 Technology Innovators award, and the Google Faculty award. His work has been covered by media outlets such as New York Times, Boston Globe, MIT Tech Review, and Slashdot. He has published over 100 publications in areas of security and privacy, networked and distributed systems, wireless networks and data-intensive computing. Finally, he has served as program chair for top conferences (WOSN, WWW 2013 OSN track, IPTPS, IEEE P2P), and is a co-founder and on the steering committee of the new ACM Conference on Online Social Networks (COSN).
Along with Professor Heather Zheng, I co-lead the SAND Lab for research on Systems, Algorithms, Networking and Data. In recent years, my research has taken a data-driven approach to understanding real networking and systems problems, and using data analysis and models to guide the development of solutions using algorithm and systems. In addition to solving new network designs, we also study all aspects of data gathering and generation techniques, with particular emphasis on validating and creating data models, data privacy, and large graphs.
Heather and I focus heavily on developing each student as an individual researcher, with the goal of academic faculty positions or research lab positions after graduation. Our preferred publication venues cover the top conferences in networking (SIGCOMM, MOBICOM, WWW, NSDI), measurements and modeling (IMC, SIGMETRICS), and security (USENIX Security, NDSS, Oakland).
Honors and Awards
- Best Practical Paper Award, ACM SIGMETRICS 2013
- UCSB Regent Faculty Fellowship, 2009
- ComputerWorld Magazine Top 40 Technology Innovators, 2007
- MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators Under 35 Award (TR-35), 2006
- NSF (Young Investigator) CAREER Award, 2005
- Best Student Paper Award, USENIX FAST, 2003
- Best Paper Award, ACM MSWiM, 2001
- Best Paper Award, IEEE Computer Networks Journal, 2001