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Work of Dongwon Lee

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Work of Dongwon Lee

 

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  • 17 professors produced from Cyber Security Lab: A set of professor positions have been taken (elsewhere) by former graduate students and post-docs of Cyber Security Lab. See the People page for details.
  • (2016) Five PhD students have graduated in 2016. Congrats!

·       Heqing Huang has joined the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center as a technical staff member

·       Chuangang Ren has joined Google Android Security Teams

·       Xiaoyang Sun has joined California State University as a tenure-track assistant professor

·       Chen Zhong has joined Indiana University at Kokomo as a tenure-track assistant professor

·       Mingyi Zhao has joined Snapchat

  • (Oct 2016) Two papers got accepted at ACM CCS 2016.
  • (September 2016) One paper got accepted at ACM SenSys 2016.
  • (July 2016) Three papers got accepted at ESORICS 2016.   
  • (April 2016) Alumni news: Dr. Xiaoqi Jia, an alumni (mentored by Professor Liu) of our lab, has recently been promoted to a Full Professor at Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Information Engineering. Congratulations Dr. Jia!
  • (Feb 2016) Alumni news: Dr. Kai Chen, a post-doc alumni (mentored by Professor Liu) of our lab, has recently been promoted to a Full Professor at Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Information Engineering. Congratulations Dr. Chen!
  • (Jan 2016) Alumni news: Dr. Jun Shao, a post-doc alumni (mentored by Professor Liu) of our lab, has recently been promoted to a Full Professor at Zhejiang Gongshang University in Hangzhou, China. Congratulations Dr. Shao!    
  • (Oct 2015) Three papers got accepted at ACM CCS 2015:

·        Jiang Ming, Dongpeng Xu, Li Wang, and Dinghao Wu, “LOOP: Logic-Oriented Opaque Predicate Detection in Obfuscated Binary Code”

·        Heqing Huang, Sencun Zhu, Kai Chen, Peng Liu, “From System Services Freezing to System Server Shutdown in Android: All You Need Is a Loop in an Application”

·        Mingyi Zhao, Jens Grossklags, Peng Liu, “An Empirical Study of Web Vulnerability Discovery Ecosystems”

  • (Aug 2015) Four papers got accepted at Usenix Security 2015:

1.    Jiang Ming, Dinghao Wu, Gaoyao Xiao, Jun Wang, and Peng Liu, “TaintPipe: Pipelined Symbolic Taint Analysis”

2.    Chuangang Ren, Yulong Zhang, Hui Xue, Tao Wei, Peng Liu, "Towards Discovering and Understanding Task Hijacking in Android"

3.    Shuai Wang, Pei Wang, and Dinghao Wu, “Reassembleable Disassembling”

4.    Kai Chen, Peng Wang, Yeonjoon Lee, Xiaofeng Wang, Nan Zhang, Heqing Huang, Wei Zou, Peng Liu, "Finding Unknown Malice in 10 Seconds: Mass Vetting for New Threats at the Google-Play Scale"

  • (August 2015) Professor Xinyu Xing joined the Cyber Security Lab. Dr. Xing has recently graduated from the research group of Prof. Wenke Lee at Georgia Tech. Welcome Professor Xing!
  • (July 2015) Qiang Zeng joined Temple University as a tenure-track assistant professor in Computer Science. Congratulations Qiang! 
  • (2015) Peng Liu received Penn State College of IST Senior Faculty Excellence in Research Award.  Congratulations Prof. Liu!
  • (2015) Minghui Zhu (EE) and Peng Liu received $500K NSF grant on CPS security.
  • (2015) Anna Cinzia Squicciarini has received the NSF CAREER Award. Congratulations Prof. Squicciarini!
  • (Nov 2014) Award Nomination: Our FSE’14 paper was nominated for the distinguished paper Award. FSE is one of two finest conferences in the field of software engineering. Congratulations Lannan, Jiang, Prof. Wu, Prof. Liu and Prof. Zhu!
  • (Aug 2014) Alumni News: Jun Dai has joined California State University as an Assistant Professor. Congratulations Jun!
  • (Aug 2014) New Grant: Prof. Peng Liu received a new grant from NIST on secure cloud computing.
  • (Aug 2014) New NSF Grants:

·       Prof. Peng Liu and Prof. Meng Yu at VCU received a new SaTC grant on “Towards Agile and Privacy Preserving Cloud Computing.”

·       Prof. Dongwon Lee, Prof. Peng Liu, Prof. Mary Beth Rosson received a new TWC grant on “Privacy Protection in Social Networks: Bridging the Gap between User Perception and Privacy Enforcement.”  This is a collaborative research project jointly with a team led by Prof. Bo Luo at Kansas University.

  • (May 2014) Recent paper acceptance:

·       One paper led by Kai Chen was accepted to ICSE’14.

·       One paper led by Rui Wu and Ping Chen was accepted to DSN’14.

·       One paper led by Wenhui Hu was accepted to WiSec’14.

·       One paper led by Fangfang Zhang was accepted to WiSec’14. 

  • (Jan 2014) Alumni News: Shengzhi Zhang has joined Florida Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor. Congratulations Shengzhi!
  • (Dec 2013) One paper led by Qiang Zeng and Dr. Rhee at NEC America Labs was accepted by CGO’14. 
  • (Sept 2013) Code Release: The source code of Cruiser is now on Google code (http://code.google.com/p/cruiser-psu/). Cruiser is a Linux shared library for highly efficient heap buffer overflow detection through concurrent non-blocking monitoring of canaries. The Cruiser paper is published on PLDI’11 (see the Publications page).
  • (Sept 2013) Code Release: The source code of Arbiter is now released (http://www.personal.psu.edu/jow5222/arbiter/download.html). ARBITER is a run-time system aimed at fine-grained, data-centric privilege separation in multithreaded applications. The project website is here: http://www.personal.psu.edu/jow5222/arbiter/
  • (June 2013) New Grant: Prof. Zhu, Prof. Wu, and Prof. Liu have been awarded a new NSF grant on software plagiarism and mobile app repackaging detection.
  • (June 2013) Two papers were accepted by RAID; one paper was accepted by ESORICS.
  • (Jan 2013) New Grant: Prof. Dinghao Wu and Prof. Peng Liu received an ONR grant ($423,000) on “Towards Secure Lean Software.”
  • (Dec 2012) Alumni News: Robert Cole defended his PhD thesis. Congratulations Robert!
  • (Oct 2012) Alumni News: Xi Xiong defended his PhD thesis and joined Amazon Cloud Computing Division. Congratulations Xi!
  • (August 2012) Alumni News: Meng Yu received tenure at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Congratulations Meng!
  • (August 2012) New Grant: Prof. Dinghao Wu and Prof. Peng Liu received a NSF Trustworthy Computing grant ($499,745) on “Software Cruising for Systems Security”.  
  • (August 2012) Internship: Qiang Zeng returned from his summer intern at NEC Labs.
  • (July 2012) Alumni News: Dr. Shengzhi Zhang defended his thesis and joined Cisco. 
  • (June 2012) Alumni News: Dr. Jian Liu defended his thesis and accepted an assistant professor position at Nanjing Polytechnic University in China. Congratulations Jian!
  • (March 2012) Alumni News: Yoon-Ho Choi started his first day as an assistant professor at Kyonggi University, Korea.  Congratulations Yoon-Ho!
  • (March 2012) Alumni News: Donghai Tian started his career as an assistant professor at Beijing Institute of Technology, China. Congratulations Donghai!
  • (Feb 2012) Best Paper Award: IEEE CogSIMA 2012 paper “Experience-Based Cyber Situation Recognition Using Relaxable Logic Patterns.”  Congratulations Po-Chan, Prof. Yen, and Prof. Liu!
  • (Nov 2011) Paper accepted by NDSS-12: A kernel cruising paper written by Donghai Tian, Qiang Zeng, Dinghao Wu, P. Liu and C. Z. Hu. 
  • (Nov 2011) Best Paper Award: Joint work with Nanjing Unviersity in China: Replacement Attacks on Behavior Based Software Birthmark, written by Zhi Xin et al., awarded by ISC 2011 (14th Information Security Conference). 
  • (Oct 2011) Alumni News: Qijun Gu has earned tenure at Texas State University.   Congratulations Qijun!
  • (August 2011) New Students: Welcome MingYi Zhao, Gaoyao Xiao, and Chen Zhong to the Cyber Security Lab! 
  • (May 2011) Internships: During this summer, Xi Xiong will work at Microsoft Research Seattle; Shengzhi Zhang will work at Honeywell; and Qiang Zeng will work at IBM T. J. Watson.
  • (April 2011) Grant: Prof. Peng Liu received a component ITA grant (around $250,000) through a joint proposal with IBM T. J. Watson. 
  • (Feb 2011) Alumni News: Dr. Fengjun Li, who defended her thesis in Dec. 2010, has accepted an Assistant Professor position at University of Kansas (EECS dept.)
  • Paper accepted by PLDI-11: A software cruising paper written by Qiang Zeng, Dinghao Wu, and Peng Liu. 
  • (Jan 2011) Grant: Professor Peng Liu is going to receive a DARPA grant on insider mission identification, together with Boeing and RIT.
  • (Dec 2010) Alumni News: Dr. Yoon-Chan Jhi, who defended his thesis a few weeks ago, has joined Samsung.
  •  (Nov 2010) Press release: Professor Peng Liu gave a talk titled "Security and Privacy Cannot be Taken for Granted by the Cloud Computing Industry" at the Modern Engineering & Technology Seminar (METS) in Taipei, Taiwan on Nov 8. A main goal of this seminar is to let the Taiwan Government get advice from experts in the US on critical economic development initiatives, such as renovation of modern municipalities, green energy, cloud computing, and sustainable health care. In the area of Cloud Computing, three experts in the US are invited and Professor Liu is the only one from academia. During the experts' visit to the President Office on Nov. 10, the summary report was handed to President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo with President Ma Ying-jeou | Local press release
  • Paper accepted by NDSS-11: A paper on protecting commodity OS from untrusted extensions, written by Xi Xiong, Donghai Tian, and Peng Liu.
  • (July 2010) Alumni News: Xiaoqi Jia accepted an Assistant Professor position at the Software Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  
  • (April 2010) Alumni News: Jun Shao accepted an Associate Professor position at Zhejiang Gongshang University in Hangzhou, China. 
  • (Feb. 2010) Scientific American News: A work on worms, done by Lunquan Li, Choi, Liu from IST Cyber Security Lab and Kesidis from EE/CSE was storied in Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=de-worming-software
  • (Feb. 2010) Liu to talk on IDGA summit: A talk on secure cloud computing on Feb 22 in Washington D.C.
  • (Feb. 2010) Press Release: http://live.psu.edu/story/44246/nw3
  • (Jan. 2010) ARO MURI Website Launched: See http://ist.psu.edu/s2/cybersa/
  • (Jan. 2010) Alumni News: Meng Yu accepted an Associate Professor position at Virginia Commonwealth University. 
  • (Jan. 2010) Job: Kun Bai accepted a post-doc research fellow position at IBM T. J. Watson. 
  • (Jan. 2010) Lions Center Lunch Seminar Launched: See  http://faculty.ist.psu.edu/wu/lions-lunch/
  • (Jan. 2010) Paper accepted by INFOCOM’10: On anonymous Internet communications based on “commutative path hopping” written by Fengjun Li, Bo Luo, Peng Liu, and Chao-Hsien Chu.
  • (Sept. 09) New Faculty: Dr. Wu, an expert on programming languages and software security, joined College of IST from Microsoft Azure division.   
  • (Sept. 09) Grant: Prof. Liu won a NSF NeTS Grant on “Secure and Resilient Channel Allocation in Multi-Radio Wireless Networks” together with Prof. Qijun Gu at Texas State Univ. and Prof. Meng Yu at Western Illinois Univ.  
  • (Sept. 09) Press Release: http://live.psu.edu/story/41383
  •  (Aug 09) Two papers accepted by ACSAC-09: (1) An intrusion recovery paper written by Xi Xiong, Xiaoqi Jia, and Peng Liu; (2) A system-call birthmark paper written by Xinran Wang, Yoon-Chan Jhi, Sencun Zhu, and Peng Liu.
  • (Aug 09) Grant: Professor Liu won a NSF Trustworthy-Computing Medium-Size Grant on “self-protecting data centers” together with Prof. Sushil Jajodia at GMU and Prof. Meng Yu at Western Illinois University.
  • (July 09) Press Release: http://live.psu.edu/story/40372/nw70
  • (July 09) Paper accepted by CCS-09: A software theft detection paper written by Xinran Wang, Yoon-Chan Jhi, Sencun Zhu, and Peng Liu.   
  • (July 09) Grant: A team with Professor Liu as the PI won a MURI award on topic “Cyber Situational Awareness.”
  • (April 09) Grant: Professor Liu, as a Co-PI, is awarded a major grant from DTRA. The PI is Prof. Frank Ritter in College of IST.   
  • April 09: Penn State is to be re-designated, by DHS and the National Security Agency, as a "National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education" (CAE-Education) for academic years 2009-2014.  The PSU’s re-designation application is led by Professor Liu.  Prof. Squicciarini and Prof. Chu are co-leaders of this application. 
  • Jan 09: Professor Liu is to serve as the program co-chair of AsiaCCS 2010 (http://www.dacas.cn/asiaccs2010/), which will be held in Beijing, China.
  • Dec 08: A paper written by Prof. Xu, N. Irani, Prof. Zhu, and W. Xu on Children's Online Privacy has appeared on the premier information systems conference: ICIS 2008.
  • Dec 08: Professor Liu has given a Keynote Speech on Inscrypt 2008, titled “Privacy Preserving Information Brokering”.
  • Oct 08: Professor Liu is to serve as the general chair of Securecomm 2009.
  • Sept 08: Professor Squicciarini won a NSF Cyber-Trust Medium-Size Grant “Securing Dynamic Online Social Networks” in collaboration with UT San Antonio and ASU.
  • June 08: Penn State is among the first universities in the nation to be designated, by the National Security Agency (NSA), as a "National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research" (CAE-Research) for academic years 2008-2013.  Congratulations to the Cyber Security Lab members and all the security researchers at Penn State for their great contributions to this designation.
  • May 08: Professor Liu has been selected as a Program Co-Chair of INSCRYPT 2008: 4th International Conference on Information Security and Cryptology, which will be held in December 14-17 in Beijing, China.
  • May 08: Robert (Bo) Luo accepted a tenure-track assistant professor offer from University of Kansas. 
  • March 08: Professor Liu has been selected as a Program Co-Chair of SecureComm 2008: 4th International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks, which will be held in September 22-25 in Istanbul, Turkey  
  • Feb 08: Professor Liu won an AFRL SBIR Phase II grant, led by IAI, Inc.  
  • Jan 08: Professor Squicciarini joined the Cyber Security Lab.
  • Nov 07: Professor Liu has successfully co-organized the ARO Workshop on Cyber Situational Awareness at Fairfax, VA in Nov 14-15.
  • Sept 07: Professor Xu won a NSF Cyber Trust grant on “Privacy Assurance in Location-Based Services,” joint with Professor Rosson and Professor Carroll.
  • Sept 07: Professor Liu won a collaborative NSF Cyber Trust grant together with George Mason University and Western Illinois University.  This project is on Dynamic Damage Assessment and Recovery for data processing systems.
  • Aug 07: The paper “Automaton Segmentation: A New Approach to Preserve Privacy in XML Information Brokering” written by Cathy Li, Bo Luo, Peng Liu, Dongwon Lee, and Chao-Hsien Chu was accepted at the 2007 ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS’07). 
  • June 07: Professor Liu won an ARO STTR Phase II grant, led by IAI, Inc.  
  • Spring 07: Professor Zhu won a NSF CAREER award titled “CAREER: Combating Worm Propagation in Emergent Networks.”
  • Mar 07: Professor Liu won a 5-year MURI grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, titled “Autonomic Recovery of Enterprise-wide Systems after Attack or Failure with Forward Correction”, joint with GMU and Columbia University.  This project will take a “health care” approach to do non-stop enterprise computing in the face of cyber attacks.
  • Spring 07: Professor Xu was a runner up for the 2006 ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition. 
  • Feb 2007 (press coverage): The PWC (proactive worm containment) technology developed by Professor Liu and his students was reported about 80 times by both national media (e.g., The Association Press, USA Today, Washington Post, Fox News, BusinessWeek, Forbes, MSNBC, ABC Money, PC World) and international media (e.g., Times Online), under such titles as “Penn State Researchers ID Worms by Speed”.
  • Dec 06: Liu and Zhu were awarded a grant from The Technology Collaborative to develop signature-free techniques to filter remote exploits.
  • June 06: The paper “SigFree: A Signature-free Buffer Overflow Attack Blocker” written by X. Wang, C. Pan, P. Liu, and S. Zhu was accepted at the 2006 USENIX Security Symposium (SECURITY’06).
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