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Shaohu Zhang, Ph.D.

Incoming Assistant Professor in Computer Science
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Email: szhang42 AT ncsu DOT edu


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[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 of "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 (Title: Physical Context-aware Voice Assistant for Smart Homes. Lead PI: Anupam Das ) won research funding of $ 75,000 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.
[05/10/22] It is my hounor to receive Summer Graduate Fellowship from College of Engineering. Thanks for the award CS department and COE have presented me!
[03/27/22] I was invited to serve as Replicability Committee by WiSec'22.
[06/10/21] My HandLock paper is accepted by RAID'21!

I obtained a master's degree in Civil Engineering and also studied Computer Science from South Dakota State University in 2017. While studying for my master's, I focused on transportation data and mobile sensor data. Before my academic pursuits, I worked as a lecturer and Logistics Engineer in Shanghai.

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 advised by Dr. Muhammad Shahzad. I was a member of Wolfpack Security and Privacy Research Lab under guidance from Dr. Anupam Das. As a researcher with a background in both Computer Science and Transportation Engineering, I am particularly interested in the intersection of IoT security and privacy, human-computer interaction (HCI), and mobile computing. My research involves the application of AI/ML to explore the use of ubiquitous modalities such as WiFi, cameras, IMU, and sound. My work aims to develop innovative applications that protect personal sensitive data, secure the operations of smart homes and smart transportation systems, and mitigate usage burden. To assess the effectiveness of my systems, I regularly conduct user experiments, studies, and surveys involving over a hundred participants under comprehensive IRB protection.

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.


Courses taken from SDSU:
  • CSC705 Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms, CSC710 Structure and Design of Programming Languages, CSC720 Theory of Computation, CSC770 Software Engineering Management, CSC601 Accelerated Computer Science fundamental (C++), CSC574 Computer Networks, GEOG786 Geographic information system (Python), STAT574 Statistical Methods II (SAS), CSC317 Computer organization & Architecture, CSC354 Introduction to Systems Programming, CSC445 Introduction to Theory of Computation, CSC446 Compiler Construction, CSC456 Operating Systems.
  • Courses taken from NCSU:
  • CSC791 Internet of Things
  • CSC565 Graph Theory
  • CSC773 Advanced Topics in Internet Protocols
  • Teaching assistant at NCSU:
  • CSC573 Internet Protocols, Fall'22
  • CSC433 Privacy in the Digital Age, Spring'21
  • CSC533 Privacy in the Digital Age, Fall'20
  • CSC591 Internet of Things, Spring'20
  • CSC573 Internet Protocols, Spring'20
  • CSC453 Introduction to Internet of Things (IoT) Systems, Spring'19,
  • Students project

    Computer Skills:

    • Programming Languages: Proficient in MatLab and Python, familiar with C++, Java, and R, experience with C, Objective C, and Swift.
    • Application Software: ArcGIS, Arduino, iOS App, Android App.


    • 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

    • Commitee member : Artifact Review Committee WiSec'22; Artifact Review Committee ACSAC'23; Artifact Review Committee Popets'23; Artifact Review Committee AsiaCCS'23.
    • Conference review/sub-review : IEEE S&P'21; USENIX Security Symposium'21; NDSS'21; USENIX Security Symposium'22; CCS'22.
    • Journal review : ACM Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies; IEEE IoT Journal; ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems; Journal of Transportation Research Record.
    • My Erdös number is 4 (Paul Erdös--Daniel J. Kleitman--Joseph Y.-T. Leung--Sang Hyuk Son--Me).

    Selected Publications: