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Natã M. Barbosa

natambarbosa at gmail o com

I've recently defended my PhD dissertation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I will soon be joining Facebook's privacy research team.

About my research

My research engages the design and evaluation of novel data-driven systems aimed at increasing algorithmic transparency, preventing privacy violations, and building trust. I'm particularly interested in how to enable users to understand and control data practices in the age of ubiquitous computing, inferences, and automated decisions.

My work mostly lies at the intersection of Human–Computer Interaction (HCI), Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), and machine learning, but I have also worked on authentication, accessibility, and people-nearby applications. My doctoral advisor was Prof. Yang Wang.

About me

I enjoy breaking building things. In the past, I've built applications on several platforms, such as mobile apps and virtual reality systems. I've also organized a civic hackathon, participated in many web design/development competitions, and done research internships at Facebook, Airbnb, and Figure Eight (f.k.a. CrowdFlower). Outside of research, I enjoy running, traveling, sci-fi movies and books, synthwave/retrowave music, geometric abstraction, and games (tabletop, PC, and retro).


  1. Do Privacy and Security Matter to Everyone? Quantifying and Clustering User-Centric Considerations About Smart Home Device Adoption [pdf]
    N.M. Barbosa, Z. Zhang, Y. Wang | SOUPS 2020 [20% acceptance rate]

  2. Designing for Trust: A Behavioral Framework for Sharing Economy Platforms [pdf]
    N.M. Barbosa, E. Sun, J. Antin, P. Parigi | WWW 2020 [19% acceptance rate]

  3. "What if?" Predicting Individual Users’ Smart Home Privacy Preferences and Their Changes [pdf]
    N.M. Barbosa, J. Park, Y. Yao, Y. Wang | PETS 2019 [18% acceptance rate]

  4. Rehumanized Crowdsourcing: A Labeling Framework Addressing Bias and Ethics in Machine Learning [pdf]
    N.M. Barbosa, M. Chen | CHI 2019 [24% acceptance rate]

  5. UniPass: Design and Evaluation of a Smart Device-Based Password Manager for Visually Impaired Users [pdf]
    N.M. Barbosa, J. Hayes, Y. Wang | UbiComp 2016 [23% acceptance rate]

  6. CAN: Composable Accessibility Infrastructure via Data-Driven Crowdsourcing [pdf]
    Y. Huang, B. Dobreski, B.B. Deo, J. Xin, N.M. Barbosa, Y. Wang, J.P. Bigham | W4A 2015 [35% acceptance rate]

  7. Strategies: An Inclusive Authentication Framework [pdf]
    N.M. Barbosa | ASSETS 2014 [Silver Medal - Undergraduate Student Research Competition]


  1. Intent-oriented browsing [application]
    N.M. Barbosa, Y. Wang

  2. Framework for adjusting contributor profile in collecting data labels [application]
    N.M. Barbosa, M. Chen, J. Prendki

  3. Website authentication using an internet-connected device [granted]
    N.M. Barbosa, Y. Wang