Leadership and Faculty

Patrick McDaniel is the William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology and Director of the Institute for Networking and Security Research in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Pennsylvania State University. Professor McDaniel is also a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM and serves as the program manager and lead scientist for the Army Research Laboratory’s Cyber-Security Collaborative Research Alliance. Dr. McDaniel’s research focuses on a wide range of topics in computer and network security and technical public policy, with particular interests in mobile device security, adversarial machine learning, systems security, program analysis for security, and the integrity and security of election systems.

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.

Trent Jaeger is a Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at The Pennsylvania State University and the Co-Director of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security (SIIS) Lab. Trent’s research interests include operating systems security and the application of programming language techniques to security. He has published over 100 refereed research papers and is the author of the book “Operating Systems Security,” which examines the principles of designs for secure operating systems. He was the Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit, and Control (SIGSAC) from 2013 to 2017. Trent previously worked at IBM Research Watson from 1996 to 2005, when he joined Penn State. While at IBM Research, Trent was active in the Linux community, particularly in contributing code and tools for the Linux Security Modules (LSM) framework (in Linux 2.6) and for integrating the SELinux/LSM with IPsec (called Labeled IPsec, available in Linux 2.6.18 and above). Trent also worked on virtual machine systems (Xen reference monitor sHype), trusted computing (Linux Integrity Measurement Architecture and variants), and microkernels (L4 and systems built on it).
Research Interests: Operating systems security, access control, and source code and policy analysis tools.

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.

Research Interests: Mobility management, mobile data systems including networks, protocols, and applications, signaling and control for telecommunication networks, security for wireless networks.
Guohong Cao is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include wireless networks, mobile systems, wireless security and privacy, and Internet of Things. He has published more than 200 papers which have been cited over 18000 times, with an h-index of 70. He has served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and has served on the organizing and technical program committees of many conferences, including the TPC Chair/Co-Chair of IEEE SRDS, MASS, and INFOCOM. He has received several best paper awards, the IEEE INFOCOM Test of Time award, and the NSF CAREER award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Research Interests: Wireless networks, mobile systems, security and privacy, vehicular networks, and cyber-physical systems.
Swraoop Ghosh was a Senior Research and Development Engineer in Advanced Design, Intel Corp from 2008 to 2012. At Intel, his research was focused on low power and robust embedded memory design in scaled technologies. He has four U.S. patents, published over 50 papers, and authored a book chapter. His research interests include low-power circuits, hardware security and digital testing for nanometer technologies. Dr. Ghosh is serving as Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS I and technical advisory board member of Hakham Inc. He is the lead guest editor of IEEE Journal of Emerging Topics on Circuits and Systems. He has also served in the technical program committees of ACM/IEEE conferences such as DAC, ICCAD, DATE, ISLPED, Nanoarch and ISQED. Dr. Ghosh is a recipient of DARPA Young Faculty Award (2015), ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award (2016), USF Outstanding Research Achievement Award (2015) and College of Engineering Outstanding Research Achievement Award (2015).
Research Interests: Intersection of circuits, micro-architecture and hardware security using CMOS and post-CMOS Nano-technologies to meet the energy-efficiency and security/privacy of rapidly evolving mobile computing.
Ting He is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Before that, Ting was a Research Staff Member in the Network Analytics Research Group at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, from 2007 to 2016. Ting received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 2007 under the supervision of Prof. Lang Tong, with a minor in Applied Maths. Ting received her BS in Computer Science from Beijing University in 2003.
Research Interests: Statistical inference, information theory, control theory, online learning, and graph theory.
Dr. Tan is a James F. Will Career Development Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at The Pennsylvania State University. He obtained his B.E. in Computer Science from Tsinghua University, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University. His research interests are software security, programming languages, and formal methods. He leads the Security of Software (SOS) lab, which is broadly interested in applying programming-language and compiler techniques to improving computer security. He has received multiple awards, including an NSF CAREER Award, two Google Research Awards, a Distinguished Reviewer Award at 2018 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, an Outstanding Paper Award at CODASPY 2018, and a Ruth and Joel Spira Excellence in Teaching Award at Penn State.
Research Interests: Software security, programming languages, computer security, software engineering, formal methods, program verification.
Danfeng Zhang is an Assistant Professor at Penn State University. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Peking University, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Research Interests: Computer security and programming languages.

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.

Research Interests: Network and systems security, software plagiarism detection, smartphone security, children online safety, privacy.

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.

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