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Yao Zheng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


I am an assistant professor at Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. I research and teach information privacy and security, and have a side-interest in machine learning. I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech in 2016, an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering form Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2011, and a B.S. in Microelectronics from Fudan University in 2007. I worked as a junior researcher at Siemens Corporate Technology, China, from 2007 to 2009. Here are my CV and NSF-style biographical sketch.

I am looking for highly motivated Ph.D. students who are committed to research. For more details please see student recruiting pages (en,zh).

Recent Activities

  • [Sep. 2, 2016] I defended my Ph.D. and submitted my dissertation.

Recent Publications and Preprints

  1. Naoto Yamada, Yuichi Kawamoto, Hiroki Nishiyama, Nei Kato and Yao Zheng, “A Performance Evaluation Model for Crowd Control Applications in IoT Environment by Using FeedBack Control Theory,” IEEE Internet of Things Journal, accepted.
    [ARTICLE] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

    @unpublished{YaKa:JUNO:Jnl,
      author = {Yamada, Naoto and Kawamoto, Yuichi and Nishiyama, Hiroki and Kato, Nei and Zheng, Yao},
      title = {A Performance Evaluation Model for Crowd Control Applications in IoT Environment by Using FeedBack Control Theory},
      note = {IEEE Internet of Things Journal, accepted}
    }
    
  2. Yao Zheng, Ethan Gaebel, Wenjing Lou and Y. Thomas Hou, “Privacy-Preserving Face Tagging Using Deep Learning,”
    [ARTICLE] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

    @unpublished{ZhGa:Irene:Conf,
      author = {Zheng, Yao and Gaebel, Ethan and Lou, Wenjing and Hou, Y. Thomas},
      title = {Privacy-Preserving Face Tagging Using Deep Learning}
    }
    

Teaching

A Performance Evaluation Model for Crowd Control Applications in IoT Environment by Using FeedBack Control Theory
Yamada, N., Kawamoto, Y., Nishiyama, H., Kato, N. and Zheng, Y.

[ARTICLE] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@unpublished{YaKa:JUNO:Jnl,
  author = {Yamada, Naoto and Kawamoto, Yuichi and Nishiyama, Hiroki and Kato, Nei and Zheng, Yao},
  title = {A Performance Evaluation Model for Crowd Control Applications in IoT Environment by Using FeedBack Control Theory},
  note = {IEEE Internet of Things Journal, accepted}
}

Privacy-Preserving Face Tagging Using Deep Learning
Zheng, Y., Gaebel, E., Lou, W. and Hou, Y.T.

[ARTICLE] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@unpublished{ZhGa:Irene:Conf,
  author = {Zheng, Yao and Gaebel, Ethan and Lou, Wenjing and Hou, Y. Thomas},
  title = {Privacy-Preserving Face Tagging Using Deep Learning}
}

Cognitive Security: Securing Burgeoning Landscape of Mobile Network
Zheng, Y., Moini, A., Lou, W., Hou, Y.T. and Kawamoto, Y.
<i>IEEE Network</i>, pp. 66–71,

2016.
[ARTICLE] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@article{ZhMo:Cognitive:Mag,
  author = {Zheng, Yao and Moini, Assad and Lou, Wenjing and Hou, Y. Thomas and Kawamoto, Yuichi},
  title = {Cognitive Security: Securing Burgeoning Landscape of Mobile Network},
  journal = {IEEE Network},
  year = {2016},
  volume = {30},
  number = {4},
  pages = {66--71}
}

Privacy Preservation for Cloud-Based Data Sharing and Data Analytics
Zheng, Y.
PhD dissertation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2016.
[DISSERTATION] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@phdthesis{Zh:PHDThesis,
  author = {Zheng, Yao},
  title = {Privacy Preservation for Cloud-Based Data Sharing and Data Analytics},
  school = {Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University},
  year = {2016}
}

Profiling the Strength of Physical-Layer Security: A Study in Blinding
Zheng, Y., Schulz, M., Lou, W., Hou, Y.T. and Hollick, M.
in <i>WiSec 2016</i>,

7 2016. (acceptance rate: 0.255(13/51)).
[PROCEEDING] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@inproceedings{ZhSc:Hope:Conf,
  author = {Zheng, Yao and Schulz, Matthias and Lou, Wenjing and Hou, Y. Thomas and Hollick, Matthias},
  title = {Profiling the Strength of Physical-Layer Security: A Study in Blinding},
  booktitle = {WiSec 2016},
  year = {2016},
  note = {(acceptance rate: 0.255(13/51))}
}

Location Based Handshake and Private Proximity Test with Location Tags
Zheng, Y., Li, M., Lou, W. and Hou, Y.T.
<i>IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing</i>, pp. 1–1,

2015.
[ARTICLE] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@article{ZhLi:Lupin:Jnl,
  author = {Zheng, Yao and Li, Ming and Lou, Wenjing and Hou, Y. Thomas},
  title = {Location Based Handshake and Private Proximity Test with Location Tags},
  journal = {IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing},
  year = {2015},
  volume = {PP},
  number = {99},
  pages = {1--1}
}

Privacy-Preserving Link Prediction in Decentralized Online Social Networks
Zheng, Y., Wang, B., Lou, W. and Hou, Y.T.
in <i>ESORICS 2015</i>,

9 2015. (acceptance rate: 0.201(59/293)).
[PROCEEDING] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@inproceedings{ZhWa:Sarek:Conf,
  author = {Zheng, Yao and Wang, Bing and Lou, Wenjing and Hou, Y. Thomas},
  title = {Privacy-Preserving Link Prediction in Decentralized Online Social Networks},
  booktitle = {ESORICS 2015},
  year = {2015},
  note = {(acceptance rate: 0.201(59/293))}
}

DDoS Attack Protection in the Era of Cloud Computing and Software-Defined Networking
Wang, B., Zheng, Y., Lou, W. and Hou, Y.T.
<i>Computer Network</i>, pp. 308–319, 4 2015.
[ARTICLE] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@article{WaZh:DDoS:Jnl,
  author = {Wang, Bing and Zheng, Yao and Lou, Wenjing and Hou, Y. Thomas},
  title = {DDoS Attack Protection in the Era of Cloud Computing and Software-Defined Networking},
  journal = {Computer Network},
  year = {2015},
  volume = {81},
  pages = {308--319}
}

PeerClean: Unveiling Peer-to-Peer Botnets through Dynamic Group Behavior Analysis
Yan, Q., Zheng, Y., Jiang, T., Lou, W. and Hou, Y.T.
in <i>INFOCOM 2015</i>,

4 2015. (acceptance rate: 0.190(316/1640)).
[PROCEEDING] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@inproceedings{YaZh:PeerClean:Conf,
  author = {Yan, Qiben and Zheng, Yao and Jiang, Tingting and Lou, Wenjing and Hou, Y. Thomas},
  title = {PeerClean: Unveiling Peer-to-Peer Botnets through Dynamic Group Behavior Analysis},
  booktitle = {INFOCOM 2015},
  year = {2015},
  note = {(acceptance rate: 0.190(316/1640))}
}

Highly Efficient Known-Plaintext Attacks Against Orthogonal Blinding Based Physical Layer Security
Zheng, Y., Schulz, M., Lou, W., Hou, Y.T. and Hollick, M.
<i>IEEE Wireless Communications Letters</i>, pp. 34–37, 2 2015.
[ARTICLE] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@article{ZhSc:KPA:Jnl,
  author = {Zheng, Yao and Schulz, Matthias and Lou, Wenjing and Hou, Y. Thomas and Hollick, Matthias},
  title = {Highly Efficient Known-Plaintext Attacks Against Orthogonal Blinding Based Physical Layer Security},
  journal = {IEEE Wireless Communications Letters},
  year = {2015},
  volume = {4},
  number = {1},
  pages = {34--37}
}

DDoS Attack Protection in the Era of Cloud Computing and Software-Defined Networking
Wang, B., Zheng, Y., Lou, W. and Hou, Y.T.
in <i>NPSec 2014</i>,

10 2014.
[PROCEEDING] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@inproceedings{WaZh:DDoS:Conf,
  author = {Wang, Bing and Zheng, Yao and Lou, Wenjing and Hou, Y. Thomas},
  title = {DDoS Attack Protection in the Era of Cloud Computing and Software-Defined Networking},
  booktitle = {NPSec 2014},
  year = {2014}
}

Scalable and Secure Sharing of Personal Health Records in Cloud Computing Using Attribute-Based Encryption
Li, M., Yu, S., Zheng, Y., Ren, K. and Lou, W.
<i>IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems</i>, pp. 131–143, 1 2013.
[ARTICLE] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@article{LiYu:Pippin,
  author = {Li, Ming and Yu, Shucheng and Zheng, Yao and Ren, Kui and Lou, Wenjing},
  title = {Scalable and Secure Sharing of Personal Health Records in Cloud Computing Using Attribute-Based Encryption},
  journal = {IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems},
  year = {2013},
  volume = {24},
  number = {1},
  pages = {131--143}
}

SHARP: Private Proximity Test and Secure Handshake with Cheat-Proof Location Tags
Zheng, Y., Li, M., Lou, W. and Hou, Y.T.
in <i>ESORICS 2012</i>,

9 2012. (acceptance rate: 0.202(50/248)).
[PROCEEDING] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@inproceedings{ZhLi:Lupin:Conf,
  author = {Zheng, Yao and Li, Ming and Lou, Wenjing and Hou, Y. Thomas},
  title = {SHARP: Private Proximity Test and Secure Handshake with Cheat-Proof Location Tags},
  booktitle = {ESORICS 2012},
  year = {2012},
  note = {(acceptance rate: 0.202(50/248))}
}

Privacy-Preserving Personal Health Record System Using Attribute-Based Encryption
Zheng, Y.
Master thesis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2011.
[THESIS] [SLIDES] [BibTeX]

@mastersthesis{Zh:MSThesis,
  author = {Zheng, Yao},
  title = {Privacy-Preserving Personal Health Record System Using Attribute-Based Encryption},
  school = {Worcester Polytechnic Institute},
  year = {2011}
}