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Zhu, Sencun 

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of EECS, College of Engineering

W370 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814)-865-0995
FAX:   (814)-865-3176
Email:  sxz16  (AT)

Fall 2019 Office Hours: T. R. 11:00am-12:00pm


Biography & Research
Sencun Zhu received the B.S. degree in Precision Instruments from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1996 and the M.S. degree in Signal Processing from University of Science and Technology of China, Graduate School at Beijing,  in 1999. He received the PhD degree in Information Technology from George Mason University in 2004.

His research interests include network and systems security and software security. Currently he is working on issues related to ad hoc and sensor network security, cellphone security, and security and privacy in online social networks. His research is funded by NSF and ARL. He is a member of the Networking and Security Research Center and is also affiliated with the Cyber Security Lab.


Current Teaching

  • CMPSC 443: Introduction to Computer Security, Fall 2019.

Recent Professional Activities

Recent Publications (a complete list)


         X. Wang, A. Continella, Y. Yang, Y. He and S. Zhu. LeakDoctor: Toward Automatically Diagnosing Privacy Leaks in Mobile Applications. ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp) (Proceedings of ACM IMWUT), 2019

         M. Alrizah, S. Zhu, X. Xing, G. Wang. Errors, Misunderstandings, and Vulnerabilities: Analyzing the Crowdsourcing Process of Ad-blocking Systems. Proceedings of ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), 2019.

         L. Guan, C. Cao, S. Zhu, J. Lin, P. Liu, Y. Xia, B. Luo. Protecting Mobile Devices from Physical Memory Attacks with Targeted Encryption. Proceedings of the 11th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec), 2019.

         H. Fu, Z. Zheng, S. Zhu, P. Mohapatra. Keeping Context In Mind: Automating Mobile App Access Control with User Interface Inspection. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), 2019

         X. Liu, J. Liu, S. Zhu, W. Wang, X. Zhang. Privacy Risk Analysis and Mitigation of Analytics Libraries in the Android Ecosystem. IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), 2019.

         X. Wang, Y. Yang, and S. Zhu. Automated Hybrid Analysis of Android Malware Through Augmenting Fuzzing with Forced Execution. IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), 2019.


Students & Visiting Scholars:

  • Current:    Yuanyi Sun(PhD), Lupin Yuan(PhD, co-advise with Peng Liu), Mshabab Alrizah(PhD, co-advise with Xinyu Xing), Chen Wu (PhD, co-advising), Shiqing Chen (PhD, co-advising)
  • Graduated:  Chuangan Ren (PhD, Google, co-advise with Peng Liu), Chu Huang (PhD, Amazon), Heqing Huang(PhD, co-advise with Peng Liu, IBM TJ Watson), Xin Chen (PhD,Google), Zhen Xie (PhD, Paypal), Ying Chen (PhD, co-advise with Heng Xu, Paypal), Fangfang Zhang (PhD, FireEye), Zhi Xu (PhD, Palo Alto Networks), Wei Xu (PhD, Palo Alto Networks), Yi Yang (PhD, FontBonne University), Xinran Wang (PhD, Shapes Security), Liang Xie (PhD, Broadcom), Hung-yuan Hsu (PhD, co-advise with Ali Hurson, Samsung Mobile), Leonel Bueno (MS, Deloitte), Oh Young-Hyun (MS), Nazneen Irani(MS, co-advise, Deloitte), Ashwin Chaugule (MS, Qualcom), Lei Zhang (MS), Sha Liu(MS), .
  • Visiting scholars: Xing Liu( Beijing Jiaotong University), Yongzhong He (Beijing Jiaotong University, 2014-2015), Xiaochuan Shi (Wuhan University, 2013-2014), Quanlong Guan (Jinan University, 2012-2013), Wenping Chen (Renmin University, 2008-2009, China), Zhengdao Zhang (Jiangnan University, 2010-2011), Tianzhen Chen (BIT, 2009-2011).

Essays:  (in Chinese)