Lin Kyi

Hello there! My name is Lin, and I am currently a first-year PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP) under the supervision of Dr. Asia Biega.

My research focus is on data privacy in machine learning applications. I combine my knowledge of HCI, psychology, and quantitative/qualitative methods to investigate research questions.

Outside of direct research, I am also interested in academic outreach, specifically in expanding our ideas of what “computer science” research entails. 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!


  • September 2021 - Present: PhD in Computer Science at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (Bochum, Germany)
    • Supervisor: A. Biega
    • My degree will be conferred by Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 2019 - 2021: MA in Human-Computer Interaction at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)
    • Supervisors: E. Stobert and R. Biddle
    • Awarded an NSERC CREATE Collaborative Learning of Usability Experiences (CLUE) grant
    • Thesis: End User Mental Models of Social Engineering Attacks
  • 2015 - 2019: BA (Honours) in Psychology at Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada)

Relevant Work Experience

  • 2019 - 2021: Graduate Research Assistant, Carleton University
  • 2019 - 2021: Teaching Assistant, Carleton University (see below)
  • May - August 2020: UX Research Intern, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Ottawa, Canada
  • January - April 2019: UX Design Intern, JIC Design, Kingston, Canada


Teaching Assistantships

  • Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction (COMP 3008), Carleton University, Winter 2021
  • Technical Writing for Computer Science (COMP 3301), Carleton University, Fall 2020
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 2700), Carleton University, Fall 2019/Winter 2020