Lin Kyi

Hello there! My name is Lin, and I am currently a second-year PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP).

My research focus is on the human factors of data protection and compliance. I combine my knowledge of HCI, psychology, and quantitative + qualitative user research methods to investigate research questions, and engage in interdisciplinary collaborations, particularly with CS and law folks.

My CV can be found here: PDF (updated Jan. 14, 2023)


  • September 2021 - Present: PhD in Computer Science at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (Bochum, Germany)
  • 2019 - 2021: MA in Human-Computer Interaction at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 2015 - 2019: BA (Honours) in Psychology at Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada)

External Funding

  • 2022: UC Berkeley Centre for Long-Term Cybersecurity research and travel funding
  • 2020: Computing Research Association URMD’s Grad Cohort for Women scholarship
  • 2019 - 2021: NSERC CREATE grant (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)

Relevant Work Experience

  • 2019 - 2021: Graduate Research Assistant, Carleton University
  • 2019 - 2021: Teaching Assistant, Carleton University (see here)
  • May - August 2020: UX Research Intern, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Ottawa, Canada
  • 2016 - 2019: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, Queen’s University


  • Member, Open Science working group, Max Planck Society (PhDNet), November 2022 - Present
  • Co-organizer, Spark(l)ing Science at MPI-SP (a bi-weekly series of research lectures and discussion in a casual environment at our institute), 2022 - Present
  • Student Volunteer, FAccT Conference, 2022
  • Student Volunteer, Who Are You?! Adventures in Authentication Workshop, 2021


I hope to explore as much of the world as I can in my lifetime, so living in Germany for my PhD has been a great experience filled with a lot of travelling for both work and fun. Since starting my PhD, I’ve been to 12 countries spread across 3 continents: Canada, Germany, France, England, Scotland, Austria, Belgium, UAE, South Korea, the USA, Italy (+ Vatican City), and the Netherlands.

Due to my unexpected (but very exciting!) journey into computer science research, I want to expand our ideas of what “computer science” is to encourage more diversity in this field. Stereotypes about computer science and computer scientists deter many women and underrepresented groups from pursuing computer science [read more here].

Accidentally stumbling upon this wonderful career path after taking a course on design in undergrad has led me to realize how broad and interesting computer science is. Just look at the cool work being published at top computer science conferences such as CHI, CSCW, FAccT, etc. to understand how this field can be used to improve and understand human life and society.

If you are from the social sciences and interested in pivoting to computer science, please feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to chat and offer any tips I have.