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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As of Fall 2015, Dr. Li will join the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Univesity of Arizona.

I am looking for self-motivated Ph.D. students who are interested in networking/security research. Please read this for detailed information. Visiting/exchange scholars and students are also welcome to contact me.

  • [Apr. 2015] Dr. Li is selected by the Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) to visit Air Force Research Lab in the summer!
  • [Mar. 2015] The Secure Automated Transportation Systems (SATS) group website is online!
  • [Nov. 2014] Dr. Li is invited to serve on ACM WiSec 2015 TPC!
  • [Aug. 2014] News release about our secure vehicular platooning project: Security Questions Abound as Autonomous Vehicles Emerge
  • [Jul. 2014] Dr. Li gave a talk on "Scalable, Privacy-Preserving Searchable Cloud Data Services" at the Air Force Research Lab!
  • [Jul. 2014] Dr. Li is invited to serve on ASIACCS 2015 TPC!
  • [Jul. 2014] Two papers are accepted by SecureComm 2014!
  • [May. 2014] Our research in cloud security and privacy is featured by the Faculty Spotlight in the College of Engineering of USU.
  • [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!
  • [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!

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 is funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) and Amazon Web Services. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2014.

Research Interests

His main research interests are in the areas of Cyber Security (Computer, Network and Information Security), with the focus of protecting emerging information/networked systems from adversarial behaviors. He is always interested in problems that have real-world impact, solutions that are simple but based on solid mathematical foundations, and tries to bridge theory and practice. Current emphases include the following topics:

  • Cloud and big data security & privacy: secure computation outsourcing and private data analytics; applied cryptography.
  • Cyber-physical systems security: autonomous vehicular transportation, smart & connected health, Internet-of-Things.
  • Distributed system security: security in social networks and crowdsourcing; anonymous communication; authentication.
  • Wireless network and security: network coexistence, spectrum enforcement, wireless physical-layer security.

Selected Recent Publications [More] [Google Scholar Citations]

  • "Message Integrity Protection over Wireless Channel by Countering Signal Cancellation: Theory and Practice", ACM ASIACCS 2015 (with Y. Hou, R. Chauhan, R. Gerdes, and K. Zeng)
  • "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)
  • "A Tale of Two Clouds: Computing on Data Encrypted under Multiple Keys'', IEEE CNS 2014 (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)

Awards & Honors

  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2014
  • Distinguished Paper Award, ACM ASIACCS 2013.
  • USU CS Faculty Research Award, 2013.

Professional Activities


Conference Organizing Committee

  • TPC Co-Chair, "Communications and Networking'' track, International Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets) 2015
  • TPC Co-Chair, Cyberspace Safety Track, the 6th International Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security (CSS 2014)
  • TPC Co-Chair, Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust Track, the 7th International Conference on Broadband, Wireless Computing, Communication and Applications (BWCCA 2012)
  • Student Travel Grants Co-Chair, the 34th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2015)
  • Publicity Co-Chair, The 8th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec 2015)
  • Publications Chair, The 2nd IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS 2014)
  • Web Chair, IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS) 2013, 2015
  • Session Chair, IEEE CNS 2013, 2014, IEEE INFOCOM 2014, 2013, Globecom 2013, ACM WiSec 2013, ACM WiSec 2012

Conference Program Committee (Selected)


Locations of Site Visitors


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