Ben Zhao’s research covers a range of topics from large-distributed networks and systems, HCI, security and privacy, and wireless/mobile systems, mostly from a data-driven perspective. His current projects are focused on three areas: data-driven models of user behavior/interactions, security of online and mobile communities, and wireless systems and protocols.
Together with Prof. Heather Zheng, he co-directs the SAND Lab (Systems, Algorithms, Networking and Data) at University of Chicago. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award (2005), MIT Tech Review’s TR-35 Award (Young Innovators Under 35) (2006), IEEE Internet Technical Committee’s Early Career Award (2014), and one of ComputerWorld’s Top 40 Technology Innovators under 40. His papers have somewhere around 24,000 citations and an H-index of 60.