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

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

Teaching and Mentoring 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
  • Excellent Undergraduate Thesis, Zhengzhou University, 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