Dr Mu Yang

Dr Mu Yang PhD (Computer Science) BSc (Information Systems)

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Mu Yang holds a BSc in Management Information Systems from Beijing Jiaotong University, China and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southampton, UK. Before joining Greenwich, she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and the Open University on a number of ERC, EPSRC and H2020 research projects.

Her research interests are twofold:

  • privacy and cyber security. Mu has worked on anonymity networks, user privacy decision making, adaptive security for critical systems, blockchain-based information sharing and GDPR.
  • digital innovations. Mu has studied digital platforms for innovation management, entrepreneurship, new product development and customer/user interactions. Mu is also interested in digital economy and applying ML and deep learning in analysing user-generated unstructured content online.

Dr. Mu Yang has published in a number of journals including Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Product Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, IEEE Cloud Computing, IEEE Transactions of Engineering Management, Annals of Tourism Research, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. She also published in top Computer Science conferences such as ASE, AsiaCCS, ICDCS, CLOUD, SEAMS and ETAPS. She has received grants from EPSRC.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Teaching and administrative activities
  • PhD supervision
  • Research


  • "Best Paper Award" SEAMS@ICSE 2018
  • SETforBRITAIN 2015 entry prize
  • Lloyd's - "The Science of Risk" 2015 entry prize
  • "Best Paper Award" at TrustCom 2014
  • Data Transparency Challenge "The most insightful report" by the Ministry of Justice 2011

Research / Scholarly interests

- Privacy & security: data privacy management, online privacy, GDPR

- Computing technologies: machine learning, blockchain technology, IoT systems

- Digital economy: crowdsourcing, innovation management, sharing economy

Funded research Project:

PETRAS Hub: Hybrid Engagement Architecture Layer for Trusted Human-Centric IoT (supported by EPSRC)

Key funded projects

Ongoing Project:
PETRAS Hub: Hybrid Engagement Architecture Layer for Trusted Human-Centric IoT (2017 – 2019, supported by EPSRC)

Recent publications

Han, Chunjia and Yang, Mu (2020) Revealing Airbnb user concerns on different room types. Annals of Tourism Research. ISSN 0160-7383 (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2020.103081)

Yang, Mu and Han, Chunjia (2020) Revealing industry challenge and business response to Covid-19: a text mining approach. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. ISSN 0959-6119 (In Press)

Han, Chunjia and Yang, Mu (2019) Stimulating innovation on social product development: an analysis of social behaviors in online innovation communities. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. ISSN 0018-9391

Yang, Mu and Han, Chunjia (2019) Stimulating innovation: managing peer interaction for idea generation on digital innovation platforms. Journal of Business Research. ISSN 0148-2963 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.08.005)

Han, Chunjia, Thomas, Stephen, Yang, Mu and Cui, Yongmei (2019) The ups and downs of open innovation efficiency: the case of Procter & Gamble. European Journal of Innovation Management. ISSN 1460-1060

Yang Mu, Margheri Andrea, Runshan Hu and Sassone Vladimiro (2018) Differentially Private Data Sharing in Cloud Federation with Blockchain. IEEE Cloud Computing, Volume: 5 , Issue: 6 , Nov./Dec. 2018 (doi: 10.1109/MCC.2018.064181122)

Tun, T. T., Yang, Mu, Bandara, A. K., Nhlabatsi, A., Khan, N., Khan, K. M. and Nuseibeh, B. (2018) Requirements and specifications for adaptive security: Concepts and analysis. In: 13th International Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems (SEAMS '18). ACM Press. ISBN 978-1-4503-5715-9 (In Press) (doi:10.1145/3194133.3194155) (Best Paper Award)

Margheri, Andrea, Ferdous, Md Sadek, Yang, Mu and Sassone, Vladimiro (2017) A distributed infrastructure for democratic cloud federations. In: 2017 IEEE 10th International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD). IEEE, pp. 688-691. ISBN 978-1-5386-1994-0 ISSN 2159-6190 (Online) (doi:10.1109/CLOUD.2017.93)

Ferdous, Md Sadek, Margheri, Andrea, Paci, Federica, Yang, Mu and Sassone, Vladimiro (2017) Decentralised runtime monitoring for access control systems in cloud federations. In: 2017 IEEE 37th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS). IEEE, pp. 2632-2633. ISBN 978-1-5386-1793-9 ISSN 1063-6927 (doi:10.1109/ICDCS.2017.178)

Yasmin, Rafiq, Dickens, Luke, Russo, Alessandra, Bandara, Arosha, Yang, Mu, Stuart, Avelie, Levine, Mark, Calikli, Gul, Price, Blaine and Nuseibeh, Bashar (2017) Learning to share: engineering adaptive decision-support for online social networks. In: Proceedings of the 32nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2017). IEEE, pp. 280-285. ISBN 978-1-5386-3976-4 (doi:10.1109/ASE.2017.8115641)

Hu, Runshan, Stalla-Bourdillon, Sophie, Yang, Mu, Schiavo, Valeria and Sassone, Vladimiro (2017) Bridging policy, regulation and practice? A techno-legal analysis of three types of data in the GDPR. In: Data Protection and Privacy: The Age of Intelligent Machines. Hart Publishing.

Barhamgi, Mahmoud, Yang, Mu, Yu, Chia-Mu, Yu, Yijun, Bandara, Arosha K., Benslimane, Djamal and Nuseibeh, Bashar (2017) Enabling end-users to protect their privacy. In: Proceedings of the 2017 ACM on Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security - ASIA CCS '17. ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 905-907. ISBN 978-1-4503-4944-4 (doi:10.1145/3052973.3055154)

Han, Chunjia, Thomas, Stephen Rhys, Yang, Mu, Ieromonachou, Petros  and Zhang, Hongru (2017) Evaluating R&D investment efficiency in China's high-tech industry. Journal of High Technology Management Research, 28 (1). pp. 93-109. ISSN 1047-8310

Hamadou, Sardaouna, Sassone, Vladmiro and Yang, Mu (2015) An analysis of trust in anonymity networks in the presence of adaptive attackers. Mathematical Structures in Computer Science, 25 (02). pp. 429-456. ISSN 0960-1295 (Print), 1469-8072 (Online) (doi:10.1017/S0960129513000650)

Yang, Mu, Yu, Yijun, Bandara, Arosha K. and Nuseibeh, Bashar (2014) Adaptive sharing for online social networks: A trade-off between privacy risk and social benefit. In: 2014 IEEE 13th International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (TrustCom). IEEE, pp. 45-52. ISBN 978-1-4799-6514-4 ISSN 2324-898X (Print), 2324-9013 (Online) (doi:10.1109/TrustCom.2014.10) (Best Paper Award)

Yang, M., Sassone, V. and Hamadou, S. (2012) A game-theoretic analysis of cooperation in anonymity networks. In International Conference on Principles of Security and Trust (pp. 269-289). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. (doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-28641-4_15)

Yang, M. and Sassone, V. (2011) Minimising anonymity loss in anonymity networks under DoS attacks. In International Conference on Information and Communications Security (pp. 414-429). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. (doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-25243-3_33)

Sassone, V., Hamadou, S. and Yang, M.(2010) Trust in anonymity networks. In International Conference on Concurrency Theory (pp. 48-70). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. (doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-15375-4_5)