Haitao Xu
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3118
Email: hxu AT northwestern.edu


I am a Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, working with Prof. Yan Chen. I received my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary in Dec. 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Haining Wang

[Update] Starting from July 2018, I will join the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the intersection of Security, Privacy, and Data Analytics. Much of my work aims to secure Internet-scale systems from cyber attacks and protect user privacy and security due to emerging technologies, from a data-driven perspective. My recent and on-going work includes:

Research Experience


Honors & Awards

  • Best Paper Award Nomination, International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), 2015
  • International Student Opportunity Scholarship, College of William and Mary, 2015
  • Honor Student, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2010
  • Outstanding Graduates, Zhengzhou University (ranked top 2%), 2007

Invited Talks

  • "E-commerce Reputation Manipulation: The Emergence of Reputation-Escalation-as-a-Service", Alibaba Group, Hangzhou, April 26, 2015.

Professional Activities

External Conference Reviewer
  • ACM CCS '17, '16; IEEE S&P '15; IEEE INFOCOM '16, '15; IEEE/IFIP DSN '16, '15, '14; SECURECOMM '16, '15
Journal Reviewer
  • ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC); IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS); Computer Networks; Computers & Security