Leadership and Faculty
Research Interests: Computer and Network Security and Technical Public Policy, with particular interests in Mobile Device Security, Adversarial Machine Learning, Systems Security, Program Analysis, and the Integrity and Security of Election Systems.
Thomas F. La Porta is the Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Penn State University. He is an Evan Pugh Professor and the William E. Leonhard Chair Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. He was the founding Director of the Institute of Networking and Security Research at Penn State. Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. La Porta was with Bell Laboratories for 17 years. He was the Director of the Mobile Networking Research Department in Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies where he led various projects in wireless and mobile networking. He is an IEEE Fellow, Bell Labs Fellow, received the Bell Labs Distinguished Technical Staff Award, and an Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award. He also won two Thomas Alva Edison Patent Awards. His research interests include mobility management, signaling and control for wireless networks, security for wireless systems, mobile data systems, and protocol design. Dr. La Porta was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. He served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Personal Communications Magazine. He was the Director of Magazines for the IEEE Communications Society and was on its Board of Governors for three years. He has published numerous papers and holds 39 patents. He was an adjunct member of faculty at Columbia University for 7 years where he taught courses on mobile networking and protocol design.
Sencun Zhu received the B.S. degree in Precision Instruments from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1996 and the M.S. degree in Signal Processing from University of Science and Technology of China, Graduate School at Beijing, in 1999. He received the PhD degree in Information Technology from George Mason University in 2004. His research interests include network and systems security and software security. Currently he is working on issues related to ad hoc and sensor network security, cellphone security, and security and privacy in online social networks. His research is funded by NSF and ARL. He is a member of the Networking and Security Research Center and is also affiliated with the Cyber Security Lab.
Dr. Lee performs cross-area research in database systems, pervasive/mobile computing, and networking. He is particularly interested in developing data management techniques (including accessing, indexing, caching, aggregation, dissemination, and query processing) for supporting complex queries in a wide spectrum of networking and mobile environments such as peer-to-peer networks, mobile ad-hoc networks, wireless sensor networks, and wireless broadcast systems. Meanwhile, he works on object-oriented databases, XML, security, and information integration and retrieval.
Research Interests: Mobile and Pervasive Data Access, Location-based services, Peer-2-Peer Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks, Time Critical and Secure Wireless Data Broadcast, Information Retrieval Visualization and Analysis, Mobile Ad Hoc Networks, XML and Access Control, and Object-Oriented Databases.
Dr. Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University since Fall 2016. She received her B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and a M.S. and PhD degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, all in Electrical Engineering. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas..
Research Interests: Optimization and Control of Networked Systems, Statistical Learning and Inference, and Information Theory.
He received my Ph.D from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. Between 2011 and 2014, he was a postdoctoral researcher, jointly with the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Boston University, and the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received the 2009 IEEE Information Theory Society Best Paper Award, the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications (NCA) Best Paper Award, an NSF Career Award in 2016 and was a finalist for the Bell Labs Prize in 2016. His research involves understanding of distributed data processing, storage and communication systems using the tools of information and coding theory, and distributed systems theory.
Research Interests: Distributed Data Processing, Storage and Communication Systems using the Tools of Information and Coding Theory, and Distributed Systems Theory.
Allan Sonsteby has served as the deputy executive director of the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State since 2014. He previously served as ARL’s associate director from 2002 to 2014. His areas of expertise include cyber defense and offense, electronic warfare, and signal and data processing.
Research Interests: Cyber Defense and Offense, Electronic Warfare, and Signal and Data Processing.