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Shaohu Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Cybersecurity

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Email: shaohu.zhang@uncp.edu


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[04/10/2024] Najmul, Andrew, Kai, and Mushfique presented their poster in the UNCP PURC Symposium.
[02/26/2024] Welcome Mushfique Rahman, Andrew Cart, and Kai Anderson to our research team on the project of Neighborhood Microscope!
[12/20/2023] Our UNCP team has been selected to participate in Cohort II of the Capacity Building for Research at Minority-Serving Institutions: Infrastructure Research Readiness (CyBR-MSI: IRR) program.
[12/14/23] Congrats Najmul Hasan won the Semester Long Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for Spring 2024 ($2K).
[12/11/23] Chathura Perera joined our lab.
[12/01/23] Cyber Escape Rooms proposal is funded from UNCP($10K, Co-PI).
[10/26/23] Our Neighborhood Microscope proposal has been selected for funding ($86K, PI)!
[10/01/23] Ruoyu Zhao joined our lab.
[09/15/23] Najmul Hasan joined our lab.
[08/16/23] Chunsheng Zhang joined our lab.
[06/22/23] Glad to serve on TPC for SmartWear 2023 in conjunction with MobiCom 2023.
[06/21/23] Invited to serve on TPC for VTC2023-Fall Hong Kong.
[05/23/23] I will join the faculty as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Computer Science department at UNC Pembroke this Fall.
[05/17/23] I defended and graduated. Cheers!
[04/26/23] INSPIRE paper on pedestrian and vehicle privacy preserving being accepted to IEEE ICCCN 2023!
[03/29/23] Glad to serve PC for DSN 2023 Doctoral Forum.
[03/29/23] VoicePM paper on speech privacy-preserving framework being accepted to WiSec 2023!
[03/28/23] I gave a talk on "Web Privacy in the Digital World" at UNC Pembroke.
[03/27/23] Again, glad to serve as Replicability Committee in WiSec'23.
[03/17/23] HeadTalk paper on thwarting the misactivation of voice assistants being accepted to IEEE DSN 2023!
[02/17/23] Passed my oral prelim!!!!
[01/27/23] Awarded HotMobile 2023 travel grant.
[01/09/23] I co-instruct CSC773 Adv. Internet Protocols with Dr. Harfoush in Spring 2023.
[12/22/22] Glad to receive the COE Mentored Teaching Fellowship.
[11/26/22] Our research proposal (Physical Context-aware Voice Assistant for Smart Homes. Lead PI: Anupam Das ) won research funding of $75K from Meta.
[09/06/22] Glad to serve Artifact Review Committee in ACSAC'23 and Security'23.
[08/30/22] Glad to serve Artifact Review Committee in PoPets'23.

My research focuses on the intersection of IoT security and privacy, human-computer interaction (HCI), big data, and ubiquitous computing. I apply AI/ML to explore the use of ubiquitous modalities, such as WiFi signals, cameras, and acoustics, for developing novelty applications to protect human personal sensitive data and secure the operations of AI systems. I collaborate with professionals across diverse domains, such as Civil Engineering, Sociology, Health, and Data Science. I earned my PhD degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2023. During my PhD study, I had worked in the Wolfpack Interactive, Sensing, and Networking Lab with Dr. Muhammad Shahzad. I was a member of Wolfpack Security and Privacy Research Lab under guidance from Dr. Anupam Das. I currently lead the X+ Lab. I taught undergraduate students programming, software engineering, and cybersecurity courses at UNCP.

I am hiring 2~3 self-motivated students to work together on computing, HCI, AI/GPT for learning, security and privacy problems. Don't hesitate to shoot me an email or have a chat with me!

Research Interest:

  • IoT Security and Privacy: fingerprinting and human biometric privacy with a special focus on embedded sensors in the IoT devices
  • Mobile Computing: sensing with ubiquitous modalities, such as WiFi, camera, IMU, and sound in smart transportation and smart homes.
  • Human Computer Interaction: context-aware IoT systems relating to bridging Cyber-Physical Systems and ML.

Teaching at UNCP:

  • CSC 2920 Software Engineering (in-person and online), Spring 2024
  • CYB 4030 Introduction to Digital Forensics, Spring 2024
  • CSC 1750 Introduction to Algorithms (29 undergrads), Fall 2023
  • CSC 1760 Introduction to Programming (27 undergrads), Fall 2023
  • CSC 1850 Object-oriented Programming (29 + 26 undergrads), Fall 2023


  • 2023 COE Mentored Teaching Fellowship, College of Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2023.
  • 2022 Summer Graduate Fellowship, College of Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2022.
  • Travel Award from SenSys'16, Mobicom'17, Mobicom'21 and CCS'21.
  • COE Graduate Research Award, College of Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2018.
  • Sigma Xi Graduate Research Award, South Dakota State University, 2016.
  • Best Undergraduate Thesis Award, Zhejiang Ocean University, China, 2010.
  • Excellent Student Scholarship, Zhejiang Ocean University, China, 2008.

Professional Service

  • Technical Program Committees

  • 2nd ACM Workshop on Smart Wearable Systems and Applications (SmartWear 2023) In Conjunction with MobiCom 2023. October, 6, 2023, Madrid, Spain.
    The 2023 IEEE 98th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2023-Fall Hong Kong).
    PhD Forum, The 53rd Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN’23).

  • Artifact Review Program Committees

  • USENIX Security Symposium: 2023
    Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PoPETs): 2023
    ACM ASIA Conference on Computer and Communications Security (AsiaCCS): 2023
    Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC): 2023
    ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (ACM WiSec): 2022-2023

  • Conference/Journal reviewer

  • ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS): 2021-2023.
    Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P): 2021.
    ISOC Networked and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS): 2021-2023.
    Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC): 2022-2023.
    Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec): 2021-2022.
    ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Cities, and Transportation (BuildSys): 2019.
    ACM Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT): 2019, 2021, 2022.
    ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems: 2021.
    IEEE Internet of Things Journal: 2021-2023.
    IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing: 2021-2023.
    Journal of Transportation Research Record (TRR): 2023
    International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCI): 2023

  • My Erdös number is 4 (Paul Erdös--Daniel J. Kleitman--Joseph Y.-T. Leung--Sang Hyuk Son--Me).

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