Xiaojiang Du (xdu16)

Xiaojiang Du

Professor and Anson Wood Burchard Professor

Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Education

  • PhD (2003) University of Maryland (Electrical Engineering)
  • MS (2002) University of Maryland (Electrical Engineering)
  • MS (1998) Tsinghua University (Electrical Engineering)
  • BE (1996) Tsinghua University (Electrical Engineering)

Research

* Internet of Things (IoT) Security, Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) Security
* Artificial Intelligence (AI) Security, Machine Learning Security
* Mobile Device Security, Wireless Network Security
* Wireless Networks, Computer Networks
* Computer Systems, Controls, Communications

General Information

New: Prof. Du is the PI of a new NSA grant: GenCyber Summer Training at Stevens Institute of Technology Preparing the Next Generation CyberSecurity Specialists, August 2023 - August 2025.

Our paper on IoT security has been accepted by one of the BIG Four security conferences - USENIX Security 2023. The title of our paper is: "Detecting and Handling IoT Interaction Threats in Multi-Platform Multi-Control-Channel Smart Homes”.

Our paper on IoT (smart speaker) security has been accepted by a top security/system conference - DSN 2023. The title of our paper is: “VoiceGuard: An Effective and Practical Approach for Detecting and Blocking Unauthorized Voice Commands to Smart Speakers”.

Prof. Du has been selected as a 2023-2024 IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer.

Conference Chairing in 2023:

* Prof. Du is the General Co-Chair of IEEE/ACM IWQoS 2023

* Prof. Du is the General Co-Chair of EAI SecureComm 2023

* Prof. Du is the TPC Co-Chair of IEEE CloudNet 2023.

* Prof. Du is the Lead Chair of the Communication and Information Systems Security (CISS) Symposium of IEEE Globecom 2023.


Graduated PhD Students Who are in Academia (University):

* Xiali (Sharon) Hei, Alfred and Helen M. Lamson Endowed Associate Professor, School of Computing and Informatics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA,
Web: https://www.xialihei.com/about/

* Chenglong Fu, Assistant Professor, Department of Software and Information Systems, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA,
Web: https://webpages.charlotte.edu/cfu6/

* Haotian Chi, Assistant Professor, School of Automation and Software Engineering, ShanXi University, China, Web: https://www.scholat.com/chihaotian.en
Web: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=-VxwF24AAAAJ&hl=en

* Longfei Wu, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Math and Computer Science, Fayetteville State University, USA,
Web: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=mw72kKMAAAAJ&hl=en

Web: https://www.uncfsu.edu/academics/colleges-schools-and-departments/lloyd-college-of-health-science-and-technology/department-of-mathematics-and-computer-science/math-and-cs-faculty-and-staff/dr-longfei-wu

* Xueli Huang, Instructor, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois Springfield, USA, Web: https://www.uis.edu/directory/shirley-huang


Other News:

In Dec. 2021, Prof. Du was named as one of the 63 ACM Distinguished Members worldwide, for outstanding scientific contributions to computing. Below is the press release: https://www.acm.org/media-center/2021/december/distinguished-members-2021

Our paper on IoT security has been accepted by the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P 2022) (Acceptance rate is 14.5%).

Multiple PhD Student Positions Available: The students should be self-motivated, and have good background in programming. The PhD students will be working on IoT security, or AI/ML security. Prior experience on security or networking is a plus. Email me your application materials (CV, transcript, TOEFL/GRE, etc.) if you are interested.

Experience

Bio: Dr. James Xiaojiang Du is the Anson Wood Burchard Endowed-Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, USA. He was a tenured professor at Temple University between August 2009 and August 2021. Dr. Du received his B.E. and M.E., from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1996, and 1998 respectively. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002 and 2003, respectively. His research interests are security, wireless networks, and systems. He has authored over 500 journal and conference papers in these areas, including the top security conferences such as IEEE Security & Privacy (S&P / Oakland), USENIX Security, and NDSS. Dr. Du has been awarded more than 8 million US dollars research grants from the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), US National Security Agency (NSA), US Army Research Office, US Air Force Research Lab, the State of Pennsylvania, and Amazon. He won the best paper award at IEEE ICC 2020, IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 and the best poster runner-up award at the ACM MobiHoc 2014. He serves on the editorial boards of three IEEE journals. He was the chair of multiple IEEE/ACM conferences, including General Co-Chair of IEEE/ACM IWQoS 2023, General Co-Chair of EAI SecureComm 2023, TPC Chair of IEEE CloudNet 2023, and Lead Chair of the Communication and Information Systems Security Symposium of IEEE Globecom 2023. Dr. Du is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer 2023-2024. He is an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Distinguished Member, and an ACM Life Member.

Professional Service

  • IEEE Network Editor
  • IEEE Wireless Communications Editor
  • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology Editor
  • 2023 IEEE/ACM 31st International Symposium on Quality of Service (IWQoS) General Chair

Appointments

Professor
Dept. of Computer and Information Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, July 2017– August 2021

Associate Professor
Dept. of Computer and Information Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, July 2010– June 2017

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Computer and Information Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, August 2009 – July 2010

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Computer Science, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, July 2004 – July 2009

Visiting Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering, Indiana Univ. - Purdue Univ., Fort Wayne, IN, August 2003 – May 2004

Honors and Awards

IEEE Fellow, for contributions to Wireless Security, since January 1, 2020.

ACM Distinguished Member, for outstanding scientific contributions to computing, since December 15, 2021.

2021-2022 Employee Excellence Award for “Strengthened Reputation, Increased Prestige”, Stevens Institute of Technology. Note: For this award category, only 3 people were selected from all the faculty and staffs at Stevens in 2022.

Life Member of ACM

Professional Societies

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) – Distinguished Member of ACM Senior member
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – IEEE Fellow

Grants, Contracts and Funds

* NEW * GenCyber Summer Training at Stevens Institute of Technology Preparing the Next Generation CyberSecurity Specialists, National Security Agency (NSA), PI, 08/2023 to 08/2025.

* Collaborative Research: CNS Core: Medium: Towards Understanding and Handling Problems Due to Coexistence of Multiple IoT Platforms, National Science Foundation, PI, 06/01/2022 to 05/31/2026.

* Medium: Collaborative Research: Hardware-in-the-Loop and Remotely Accessible/Configurable/Programmable Internet of Things (IoT) Testbeds”, National Science Foundation, Lead-PI, 08/01/2021 to 07/31/2025.

* Study of the Tradeoff between Spectrum Allocation Efficiency and Operation Privacy in DSA System, National Science Foundation, PI, 10-01-2018 to 09-30-2022.

* Development of an Information Assurance and Performance Infrastructure for the Internet of Things, National Science Foundation, PI, 10-01-2018 to 09-30-2022.

Selected Publications

Some Recent Conference Papers:

C. Fu, X. Du, Q. Zeng, Z. Zhao, F. Zuo, J. Di, “Seeing Is Believing: Extracting Semantic Information from Video for Verifying IoT Events, ACM WiSec 2024, Seoul, Korea, May 2024.

H. Chi, Q. Zeng, X. Du, "Detecting and Handling IoT Interaction Threats in Multi-Platform Multi-Control-Channel Smart Homes”, USENIX Security 2023, August. 2023, Anaheim, CA.

X. Xu, C. Fu, X. Du, E. P. Ratazzi, “VoiceGuard: An Effective and Practical Approach for Detecting and Blocking Unauthorized Voice Commands to Smart Speakers”, in Proc. of 53rd IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2023), Porto, Portugal, June 2023.X.

Xu, C. Fu, X. Du, E. P. Ratazzi, “Presentation Video for "MP-Mediator: Detecting and Handling the New Stealthy Delay Attacks on IoT Events and Commands" Proceedings of the 26th International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions and Defenses (RAID 2023), Hong Kong, Oct. 2023.

H. Chi, C. Fu, Q. Zeng, X. Du. “Delay Wreaks Havoc on Your Smart Home”, accepted by IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P / Oakland), San Francisco, CA, USA, May 23-26, 2022. (Acceptance rate = 14.5%).

C. Fu, Q. Zeng, X. Du, S. L. Valluru, “Demystifying and Exploiting IoT Timeout Behaviors in Smart Homes,” IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2022), August 2022, (Acceptance Rate = 18.7%).

C. Wu, X. Li, F. Zuo, L. Luo, X. Du, J. Di, and Q. Zeng. “Use It—No Need to Shake It!” Accurate Implicit Authentication for Everyday Objects with Smart Sensing. UbiComp 2022, in Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies) (IMWUT), Issue 3, Vol. 5, 2022. (Acceptance rate = 21%).

C. Fu, Q. Zeng, X. Du, "HAWatcher: Semantics-Aware Anomaly Detection for Appified Smart Homes", USENIX Security 2021, August. 2021. (Acceptance rate =16.1%).

H. Chi, Q. Zeng, X. Du, L. Luo, "PFirewall: Semantics-Aware Customizable Data Flow Control for Home Automation Systems", NDSS 2021, Feb. 2021. (Acceptance rate = 15.2%).

X. Xu, X. Du, Q. Zeng, "Attacking Graph-Based Classification without Changing Existing Connections," in Proc. of Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC 2020), Austin, TX, Dec. 2020. (Acceptance rate: 70/302 = 23%)

H. Chi, Q. Zeng, X. Du, J. Yu, "Cross-App Interference Threats in Smart Homes: Categorization, Detection and Handling," in Proc. of 50th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2020), Valencia, Spain, June 2020. (Acceptance rate: 48/291 = 16.5%)

J. Liu, Q. Hu, R. Sun, X. Du, and M. Guizani, “A Physical Layer Security Scheme with Compressed Sensing in OFDM-based IoT Systems,” in Proc. of the IEEE ICC 2020, Dublin, Ireland, June 2020. Best Paper Award!

H. Liu, X. Helu, C. Jin, H. Lu, Z. Tian, X. Du, K. Abualsaud, M. Guizani, "A Malware Detection Method for Health Sensor Data Based on Machine Learning," in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Informatics, IoT, and Enabling Technologies (ICIoT’2020), Doha, Qatar, February, 2020, Best Paper Award!

Q. Zeng, J. Su, C. Fu, G. Kayas, L. Luo, X. Du, et al., "A Multiversion Programming Inspired Approach to Detecting Audio Adversarial Examples", The 49th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2019), June 2019, Portland, Oregon, USA. (Acceptance rate 54/252 = 21%)

Q. Zeng, G. Kayas, E. Mohammed, L. Luo, X. Du, and J. Rhee, "HeapTherapy+: Efficient Handling of (Almost) All Heap Vulnerabilities Using Targeted Calling-Context Encoding", The 49th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2019), June 2019, Portland, Oregon, USA. (Acceptance rate 54/252 = 21%)

L. Luo, H. Yu, Z. Ye, and X. Du, “Online Deadline-aware Bulk Transfer over Inter-Datacenter WANs,” IEEE INFOCOM 2018, April 2018, Honolulu, HI, USA, (Acceptance rate = 19.2%)

Y. Sang, B. Ji, G. Gupta, X. Du, and L. Ye, “Provably Efficient Algorithms for Joint Placement and Allocation of Virtual Network Functions,” in Proc. of IEEE INFOCOM 2017, Atlanta, Ga, May 2017, (Acceptance rate = 20%)

L. Ye, H. Zhang, and X. Du, “Modeling Leechers Attack in BitTorrent,” in Proc. of IEEE GLOBECOM 2014, Austin, TX, Dec. 2014. Best Paper Award!

X. Hei, X. Du and S. Lin, “Near Field Communication based Access Control for Wireless Medical Devices,” Best Poster Runner-up Award! ACM MobiHoc 2014, Philadelphia, PA, August 2014.