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Yabing Liu

Postdoctoral Researcher

Yabing Liu


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
266 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115


Yabing Liu is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Computer Science program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Alan Mislove. She received her Master of Science degree in Control Technology and Control Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. She did her undergraduate studies in the College of Information Science and Technology at Donghua University in China.


  • PhD in Computer Science, Northeastern University
  • MS in Control Technology and Control Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University – China
  • BS in Information Science and Technology, Donghua University, Shanghai – China

About Me

  • Hometown: Suzhou City, Anhui Province, China
  • Field of Study: Computer Science

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

Currently, my research interests are in the area of online social networks. As an overview, I work on the measurement and improvement tools towards online social networks’ privacy and security, as well as leveraging OSNs for building better information sharing systems.

What are your research interests?

The focus of my thesis is the “Measurement and Analysis of Privacy and Security in Online Systems.” In general, my research interests are big data analysis, large-scale social networks, and network measurement.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

I’d like to better understand the online ecosystem, including Web’s PKI (public key infrastructure), social networks, mobile applications, and I’d like to develop new tools to protect user privacy and enhance Web security.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

In one of our research projects, we aim to understand the threats to SSL (secure sockets layer)/TLS (transport layer security) on the modern Web, and develop novel systems to address these challenges. Our results show that, surprisingly, in today’s Web’s PKI (public key infrastructure), there is extensive inaction with respect to certificate revocation.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

My career goal is to become a data scientist, working in the big data, data mining areas after graduation.