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Shaohu Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Computer Science

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Email: shaohu.zhang AT uncp DOT edu


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[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.

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. I currently lead the X+ Lab. 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.

I always seek collaborators and self-motivated students to work together on mobile 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, Spring 2024
  • CYB 4030 Introduction to Digital Forensics, Spring 2024
  • CSC 1750 Introduction to Algorithms (23 undergrads), Fall 2023
  • CSC 1760 Introduction to Programming (30 undergrads), Fall 2023
  • CSC 1850 Object-oriented Programming (58 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 review/sub-review

  • 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

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

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