Linghan Zhang

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Assistant Professor, Cyber Security Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

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George Mason University, Fairfax
Building: Research Hall
Room 327
Phone: 703-993-6756

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Linghan Zhang is an Assistant Professor of the Cyber Security Engineering Department at George Mason University. Her research focuses on Mobile Computing, Usable Security, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), with an emphasis on discovering and understanding the human factors (e.g., human behavioral and physiological biometrics) during human-computer interactions in security- and safety-critical contexts, inventing sensing methods to track these human factors, and designing useable security solutions based on the quantified human factors to enhance the security and safety of the existing mechanisms. She is also interested in human-centered interdisciplinary research where novel technologies/devices and mobile computing serve the needs of humans in a variety of research areas and applications, including assistive technology, education, etc.    

Prior to joining GMU, Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. from Florida State University. During her Ph.D., she was a research assistant in the Pervasive Computing and Cybersecurity lab, where she focused on discovering new biometrics for user authentication and liveness detection on mobile devices. She earned her Masters' degree in Information & Communication Engineering and worked as a Research Assistant in the Institute of Broadband Wireless Communication and Stereo Image at Tianjin University. Dr. Zhang's research work has been published at prime mobile computing/security venues (e.g., ACM CCS, ACM UbiComp, ACM CHI, ACSAC) and has been featured by the press.  


PhD, Computer Science, Florida State University, 2021