Hong Receives HCII Career Development Fellowship

December 8, 2014
Jason Hong

HCII Associate Professor Jason Hong has been awarded the HCII Career Development Fellowship for his research accomplishments and contributions to both the HCII and the university.

Founded in 2012 by a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor, the HCII Faculty Career Development Fellowship provides its recipient with financial resources that can be used at his or her discretion for things like supporting graduate students or academic year funding. In Hong's case, he plans to use the money to help advance his research group's work on urban analytics — using large amounts of geotagged social media to understand the dynamics of cities.

Hong succeeds Associate Professor of HCII and Design John Zimmerman, who held the fellowship since its inception.

"Jason is a world leader in usable security and privacy. There are very few people who take such a human-centered approach to understanding individuals' online behaviors and use it to develop better technical systems," said HCII Director and Associate Professor Anind Dey. "He has also shown extraordinary commitment to the department in serving as the MHCI director last year, all while conducting an incredible amount of impactful research, having a baby and doing a startup.”

Hong's research focuses on ubiquitous computing and usable privacy and security, and work from his CHIMPS (Computer Human Interaction: Mobility Privacy Security) lab has been featured in publications ranging from the New York Times and Forbes to NPR and CNN. In addition to his teaching and research efforts at CMU, he also served as director of the Master of Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI) program for academic year 2013-2014, and served on CMU's Faculty Senate from 2011 to 2013.

"I'd like to thank all of the people in the HCII for their support and friendship over the years," Hong said. "If I've been successful in my career, it's because of the nurturing environment, the interdisciplinary nature of our department and the strong commitment to rigorous research."

Hong is an associate editor for IEEE Pervasive Computing and ACM Transactions on Human Computer Interaction, and is on the editorial board for CACM (website) and Foundations and Trends in HCI. He is also an author of the book The Design of Sites, and a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, which focuses on the human side of computer security. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkely. Hong has participated on DARPA's Computer Science Study Panel (CS2P), is an Alfred P. Sloan Research fellow, a Kavli fellow and a PopTech Science fellow.

For more on Hong's work, visit the Computer Human Interaction: Mobility Privacy Security website at http://www.cmuchimps.org.