Jason Hong works in the areas of usability, mobility, privacy, and security. His research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction, privacy and security, and systems, focusing primarily on two questions:

  • How can we use rich sensor data to improve our lives?
  • How can we make privacy and security easier for everyone?

Hong’s research group is CHIMPS (Computer Human Interaction: Mobility Privacy Security). The group’s work has been featured in CNN, The New York Times, and BBC.

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2005 Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley

1997 B.S. in Discrete Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology

1997 B.S. in Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology


Media mentions

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CyLab researchers to present at ACM CHI 2024

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute researchers are set to present 10 papers and participate in one special interest group at the upcoming Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2024).

CMU Engineering

One student, two continents

CMU-Africa student Farida Eleshin (MSIT ’24) is concluding her master’s program with a final semester in Pittsburgh, where she’s working on several research projects in the CHIMPS Lab that focus on privacy and security.


Hong quoted by Lifewire

HCII’s Jason Hong shares tips for protecting your privacy online. He says people should use a username unrelated to their real name when sharing photos or posting on online forums.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CyLab announces first round of Secure Blockchain Initiative funded projects

Carnegie Mellon University's Secure Blockchain Initiative (SBI) is off and running, as six projects have been selected for its first round of seed funding. Through research, the initiative aims to revolutionize blockchain technology within enterprise ecosystems by tackling various challenges.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

New website highlights thousands of Android apps’ data collection practices

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have launched a new website, offering Android users an easy and convenient way to see how their data is collected and shared.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CyLab researchers to present at ACM CHI 2023

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute researchers are set to present seven papers at the upcoming ACM CHI 2023 (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems).

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CyLab awards 2023 seed funding

This year, CyLab has awarded $450K in seed funding to 20 faculty, staff, and students in five departments across three colleges at CMU.

Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science

Hong named Association for Computing Machinery Fellow

HCII’s Jason Hong has been recognized as a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The distinction, reserved for the top 1% of the association's membership, honors recipients’ outstanding work in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community.


Hong quoted on protecting reproductive health user data

CyLab’s Jason Hong spoke to Health about protecting reproductive health user data in the wake of Roe v. Wade’s overturn.

Consumer Affairs

Hong quoted on travel scams

CyLab’s Jason Hong spoke with Consumer Affairs about avoiding travel-related scams, particularly when reviewing electronic notifications like text messages.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Peekaboo! Here’s a system to guarantee smart home privacy

CyLab researchers have developed a new privacy-sensitive architecture for developers to build smart home apps.


Hong quoted on period tracking apps

CyLab’s Jason Hong was quoted in an NPR article on period tracking apps after the leaked Supreme Court draft overturning Roe V. Wade. “Your data could actually be all over the network at this point. And it’s really hard to track what’s going on.” Hong said.