Ming (Fred) Li

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Utah State University

4205 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322
Phone: (435) 797-2336
Office: Old Main 435

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  • [Mar. 2014] Dr. Li received an AWS in Education Research Grant Award!
  • [Mar. 2014] Dr. Li received the NSF CAREER Award!
  • [Feb. 2014] The WiSeR lab got one full paper accepted by ACM ASIACCS 2014!
  • [Nov. 2013] The WiSeR lab got two papers accepted by IEEE INFOCOM 2014!
  • [Oct. 2013] Dr. Li gave a talk on Security for Wireless Body Area Networks at Virginia Commonwealth University!
  • [May. 2013] Our ACM ASIACCS 2013 paper on privacy preserving cloud data search won the Distinguished Paper Award!
  • [Mar. 2013] Our paper "Surviving the RF Smog: Making Body Area Networks Robust to Cross-Technology Interference'' is accepted by IEEE SECON 2013!
  • [Feb. 2013] Our paper "Storing Shared Data on the Cloud via Security-Mediator" is accepted by ICDCS 2013!
  • [Jan. 2013] The WiSeR lab got two full papers accepted by ACM WiSec 2013!
  • [Dec. 2012] Our paper on securing PHRs in the cloud using ABE is selected as the Spotlight Paper for the January 2013 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems

Short Biography

Ming Li is an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science at Utah State University (USU). He currently leads the Wireless Network and Cyber Security Research (WiSeR) lab at USU. He received Ph.D. in 2011 from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and earned his B.E. and M.E. degrees from Beihang University, China. Dr. Li's research work has appeared in premier journals and conferences including IEEE JSAC, TWC, TPDS, ACM TOSN, IEEE INFOCOM, SECON, ICDCS, ICNP, ACM ASIACCS, WiSec, ESORICS, etc.  His research is funded by National Science Foundation and Amazon Web Services.

Research Interests

His main research interests are in the areas of Cyber Security and Privacy, and Wireless Networks, with current emphases on the following topics:

  • Security and privacy in cloud computing & big data: privacy-preserving outsourced data storage, search, and computation.
  • Cyber-physical systems security: smart & connected health, automated transportation, smart grid.
  • Wireless physical-layer security: non-cryptographic authentication, key extraction, jamming & anti-jamming.
  • Wireless networks: network coexistence, interference cancellation, MIMO, cognitive radio networks.
In the past, he has also done research in wireless networking and mobile computing, with emphases on network coding, opportunistic routing and broadcast.

Recent Publications [Full List] [Google Scholar Citations]

  • "Maple: Scalable Multi-Dimensional Range Search over Encrypted Cloud Data with Tree-based Index'', ACM ASIACCS 2014 (with B. Wang, Y. Hou, H. Wang and H. Li)
  • "Computing Encrypted Cloud Data Efficiently under Multiple Keys'', IEEE CNS-SPCC 2013 (with B. Wang, S. S. M. Chow and H. Li)
  • "Storing Shared Data on the Cloud via Security-Mediator'', ICDCS 2013 (with B. Wang, S. S. M. Chow and H. Li)
  • "Privacy-Preserving Multi-keyword Text Search in the Cloud Supporting Similarity-based Ranking'', ACM ASIACCS 2013 (with W. Sun, B. Wang, N. Cao, W. Lou, Y. T. Hou and H. Li) (Distinguished paper award)
  • "Chorus: Scalable In-band Trust Establishment for Multiple Constrained Devices over the Insecure Wireless Channel'', ACM WiSec 2013 (with Y. Hou and J. D. Guttman)
  • "SHARP: Private Proximity Test and Secure Handshake with Cheat-Proof Location Tags", ESORICS 2012 (with Y. Zheng, W. Lou and Y. T. Hou)


  • NSF CAREER Award, 2014
  • Distinguished Paper Award (co-recipient), ACM ASIACCS 2013.
  • USU CS Faculty Research Award, 2013.
  • Nomination for best paper award by the IEEE COMSOC MMTC, 2012.

Professional Activities


  • Member of the IEEE (since 2008)
  • Member of the ACM (since 2009)

Conference Organizing Committee

  • Publications Chair, IEEE CNS 2014
  • Web Chair, The First IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (IEEE CNS 2013)
  • Co-Chair, Cyberspace Safety Track, 6th International Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security (CSS 2014)
  • Co-Chair, Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust Track, Seventh International Conference on Broadband, Wireless Computing, Communication and Applications (BWCCA 2012)
  • Session Chair: IEEE CNS 2013, IEEE INFOCOM 2013, Globecom 2013, ACM WiSec 2013, ACM WiSec 2012

Conference Program Committee

Editor & Reviewer

  • Editor, KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
  • Reviewer of Journals: IEEE/ACM ToN, IEEE JSAC, TIFS, TKDE, TSP, TSG, TWC, TMC, TPDS, TVT, TITS, WCM, International Journal of Security and Networks, Security and Communication Networks, Information Sciences, etc.
  • NSF Panelist, 2012, 2013


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