A portrait of me with a smile :)

Natã Barbosa

natambarbosa at gmail o com

I'm a third-year PhD student at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) of Syracuse University working on data-driven tools to address issues of privacy and ethics.

My research involves the design and evaluation of data-driven tools to address issues of privacy and ethics. I'm particularly interested in understanding how such tools can help users navigate their personal data in the age of ubiquitous computing, and their implications to society at large.

My work mostly lies at the intersection of human–computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, and machine learning, but I have also worked on authentication, accessibility, and local community systems. My advisor is Prof. Yang Wang.

I enjoy breaking building things. In the past, I've built applications in several domains, including mobile apps and virtual reality systems. I've also organized a hackathon and competed at several web design/development contests. Recently, I joined Figure Eight as a Machine Learning Intern (Summer 2018) to advance the synergy of machine learning and large-scale human intelligence.

When my masters allow it, I'm out for a run or a hike in beautiful Upstate New York. I love traveling and learning about different cultures. I also enjoy sci-fi movies and books, geometric abstraction, and games (tabletop, PC, and retro).


  1. 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

  2. Lessons Learned from Designing and Evaluating Smart Device-Based Authentication for Visually Impaired Users
    N.M. Barbosa, Y. Wang | SOUPS 2016 (WAY workshop)

  3. CAN: Composable Accessibility Infrastructure [pdf]
    Y. Huang, B. Dobreski, B.B. Deo, J. Xin, N.M. Barbosa, Y. Wang, J.P. Bigham | W4A 2015

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