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Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh PA

Sept 2007-Present


•  PhD candidate in Computer Science



•  Thesis Advisors: Prof. Norman Sadeh and Prof. Jason Hong






Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

Feb 2004-June 2007


•  B.S. in Computer Engineering



•  Overall GGA 11.76/12.00 (Corresponding GPA=3.99)



•  First Class Honors






Programming Languages: Java, C, C++, Python, JavaScript, PHP, JSP


Applications: Visual Studio.Net, Dramweaver, Matlab, Photoshop, Adobe Audition, Sony Vegas, Pro Tools


Operating Systems:Windows, Unix, Linux, Android OS


Domains of Expertise: Mobile computing, Android Programming, Location-based services, User controllable privacy, User study design





Mobile Commerce Lab @ CMU

Sept 2007 - Present


Graduate Research Assistant



•  Conducted research on users’ preferences of place naming in a location sharing system
• Designed and implemented an energy efficient mobile sensing system for automatic user state recognition
•  Assisted other researchers’ work on privacy and usability issues in mobile computing


  DOCOMO USA Labs, Palo Alto, CA Summer 2010
  Graduate Research Intern
•  Designed and implemented a context-aware wellness recommendation system on mobile devices





School of Computer Science, CMU

Fall 2008


Teaching Assistant in courses Information Security & Privacy and Web Security, Privacy & Commerce


•  Organized tutorial sessions for students who needed help in homework assignments
•  Designed and graded homework/exam problems
•  Held weekly office hours






Nokia Research Centre, Palo Alto, CA

Summer 2008


Graduate Research Intern



•  Evaluated energy consumption of various embedded sensors in smart phones
•  Built an energy efficient mobile sensing framework





Wireless Sensor Network Group @ HKUST, Hong Kong SAR Spring 2006- Spring 2007


Undergraduate Research Assistant



•  Proposed and implemented self-organized ID assignment algorithm in wireless sensor networks
•  Studied and evaluated existing load balancing algorithms on wireless  networks
•  Assisted in the implementation of WIANI system




Publications Bin Fu, Jialiu Lin, Lei Li, Christos Faloutsos, Jason Hong, Norman Sadeh, “Why People Hate Your App --- Making Sense of User Feedback in a Mobile App Store”, In KDD '13: Proceeding of the 19th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Chicago, IL, USA, 2013.
  Jialiu Lin, Shah Amini, Jason Hong, Norman Sadeh, Janne Lindqvist, Joy Zhang,  “Expectation and Purpose: Understanding Users’ Mental Models of Mobile App Privacy through Crowdsourcing”, Proc. Of the 14th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2012
  Jialiu Lin, Michael Benisch, Norman Sadeh, Jianwei Niu, Jason Hong, Banghui Lu, Shaohui Guo, “A Comparative Study of Location-sharing Privacy Preferences in the US and China,”Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal, DOI: 10.1007/s00779-012-0610-6, 2012
  Jayant Venkatanathan, Denzil Ferreira, Michael Benisch, Jialiu Lin, Evangelos Karapanos, Vassilis Kostakos, Norman Sadeh, Eran Toch, “Imporving Users’ Consistency When Recalling Location Sharing Preferences”, Proc. Of the 13th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011

Shahriyar Amini, Janne Lindqvist, Jason Hong, Jialiu Lin, Eran Toch, Norman Sadeh, “Caché: Caching Location-Enhanced Content to Improve User Privacy,” Proc. Of the 9th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services, Washington D.C., USA,  2011


Jianwei Niu, Da Huo, Xiaohui Xie, Jialiu Lin, Xiao Zeng, Yingfei Liu, “MoviShooter: Bookmarking Videos in Real-Time for Mobile Device Users”,  in the workshop of Video Interaction in the 29th ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing System, Vancouver, Canada,  2011.

  Jialiu Lin, Guang Xiang, Jason Hong and Norman Sadeh, “Modeling People’s Place Naming Preferences in Location Sharing”, Proc. Of the 12th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing,  Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010
  Karen Tang, Jialiu Lin and Jason Hong, “Rethinking Location Sharing: Exploring the Implications of Social-Driven vs. Purpose-Driven Location Sharing”, Proc. Of the 12th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010
  Yi Wang, Jialiu Lin, Murali Annavaram, Quinn A. Jacobson, Jason Hong, Bhaskar Krishnamachari and Norman Sadeh, “A Framework of Energy Efficient Mobile Sensing for Automatic User State Recognition,” Proc. Of the 7th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services, Krakow, Poland, June 22-25, 2009




Jialiu Lin, Yunhuai Liu and Lionel Ni, “SIDA: Self-Organized ID Assignment in Wireless Sensor Networks,” Proc. of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems, Pisa, Italy, October 8-11, 2007.



Elite Student, Computer Engineering Department (CPEG), HKUST

Fall 2006 – Spring 2007


• Took the role of student ambassador
• Organized open house and orientations for CPEG department



Further Professional Activities

Volunteer reviewer of NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Dec 2009

• Reviewed and scored the applications from young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests.

Reviewer of IEEE transactions on Industrial Informatics

Dec 2009

Reviewer of IEEE transactions on Parallel And Distributed Systems

March 2009





HKUST Academic Achievement Medal



CPEG Service Scholar Award



HSBC Scholarship



Afasia Group Scholarship



HKUST Dean’s List





Extra- Volunteer in Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh Aug 2012 – Present
Curricular Partner of KBOX Entertainment LLC July 2012 - Present


Volunteer of Best Buddies HK Chapter

May 2005-March 2006


• Met regularly with people who have intellectual disabilities


Member of University Choir

March 2004- March 2007

Student Helper of the 2005 ICCCAS Conference

May 2005


Student Helper of  the 71st MPEG meeting

Jan 2005











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