Several PhD students passed their candidacy

The year 2018 has been an eventful one, and not the least of the events are the candidacy examinations of several PhD students in my group. Candidacy means a total focus on dissertation work, and a clear path towards the degree. Candidacy also is a result of hard work, and I am really grateful to (and happy for) all of my PhD students who worked hard to reach this milestone.

  • Ashar Ahmad (Nov 2018; expected graduate late in 2019).
  • Hisham Alasmary (Oct 2018; expected to graduate in summer 2020)
  • Jiyoo Jang (Dec 2018; expected to graduate in summer 2020)
  • Jinchun Choi (Dec 2018; expected to graduate in summer 2020)
  • Muhammad Saad (Feb 2019; expected to graduate late in 2020)
  • Jeman Park (Feb 2019; expected to graduate in summer 2020)

Up next will be Amin Khormali and Mo Abuhamad, who are both expected to graduate in late 2020).

EAI Securecomm 2019 in Orlando

With the help of several researchers from all around Florida and the country, I am glad to announce that we will bringing EAI Securecomm 2019 to Orlando during October 2019. I will be the program co-chair for the conference, along with Wenjing Lou of Virginia Tech, and my colleague, Xinwen Fu, from UCF, will be the general co-chair along with Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo. The deadline will be in April, so consider submitting your work and see you in Orlando later in the year.

It has been a while!

It has been a while since I last posted here, and indeed some many good things have happened to me and my research group.

First and foremost, I moved from SUNY Buffalo to UCF, in Orlando, Florida. That was a big move, geographically and mentally. A lot of things to look forward to and a few things to look backward to, but no regrets. Good times in both places.

Since I joined UCF, I have been working on building my research group, starting with hiring PhD students, and trying to find funding for them — so that they don’t have to worry about the continuity of their studies; and boy, that has been exhausting.

But it has been an eventful life. More updates to follow!

Dr. Mohaisen is invited as a publicity chair to IEEE PAC 2017

Dr. Mohaisen has been invited to serve on the organizing committee of IEEE PAC 2017m as a publicity co-chair.

The IEEE Symposium on Privacy-Aware Computing (IEEE PAC) brings together experts from academia, government, and industry to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on related research and development in privacy-aware computing. We invite original theoretical contributions as well as system implementation/experimentation works on all topics related to “making computing privacy-aware” for privacy protection. Particularly, IEEE PAC solicits unpublished results in privacy threats and vulnerabilities of emerging applications for various computing platforms (mobile, IoT, cloud, social network, etc.), privacy-aware algorithms for big data analytics and networking, novel methodologies for privacy-protection (modern cryptography, game theory, etc.), policies for privacy-aware computing, etc.

This will be the first year of IEEE PAC 2017, and will be held in Washington DC from August 1 to August 3, 2017. The call for paper is here, and the deadline is March 31, 2017. Consider submitting your best work.

Dr. Mohaisen is organizing HotPost 2017, with IEEE ICDCS 2017

Dr. Mohaisen will organize The 9th International Workshop on Hot Topics in Planet-¬≠Scale Mobile Computing and Online Social Networking (HotPOST’17), to be held in conjunction with IEEE ICDCS 2017, in Atlanta, GA, USA on June 5, 2017. The workshop is organized with the goal to bring researchers working on the intersection of mobile computing and OSN together to present and discuss their latest research results and ideas, thereby promoting the development and evolution of this area. All submissions on mobile platforms and OSNs related to architecture, design, simulation, implementation, modeling, analysis, algorithm, and measurement are welcomed. Read more about the call for papers here, and consider submitting your best work.

SEAL got a paper accepted at Financial Crypto 2017

SEAL team got one paper accepted by Financial Crypto 2017. The paper is titled “Graph Encryption for Exact Shortest Distance Queries with Efficient Updates”, and the acceptance rate of the conference this year was 25%. The paper looks into the broader direction of SEAL of realizing privacy preserving analytics, particularly by enabling privacy while computing basic functions on graphs. Congratulations to SEAL.