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Zhu, Sencun 

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering &
College of Information Sciences and Technology
The Pennsylvania State University

338F Information Sciences and Technology Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814)-865-0995
FAX:   (814)-865-3176
Email:  szhu  (AT)


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

Recent Professional Activities

  • Program Co-Chair:   2006 ACM Workshop on Security of Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks (SASN '06)
  • Treasurer:               ACM Conference on Computer and Communication Security (CCS) 2007-2010, AsiaCCS 2010.
  • TPC Member:          Securecomm 2010, IEEE S&P'10, WiSec'10, ICDCS'10, WoWMoM'10, ISC'10, NDSS 2011,WiSec'11.
  • Guest Editor:           Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks Journal, Special Issue on Privacy and Security in Wireless Sensor and Ad Hoc Networks, 2009.
  • Associate Editor:      ICST Transactions on Security and Safety (2009-)

Selected Publications (a complete list)

  • Z. Xu and  S. Zhu. Filtering Offensive Language in Online Communities using Grammatical Relations. Proceedings of The Seventh Annual Collaboration, Electronic messaging, Anti-Abuse and Spam Conference (CEAS'10) , 2010.
  • X. Wang, Y. Jhi, S. Zhu and P. Liu. Behavior Based Software Theft Detection . Proceedings of 16th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2009.
  • Y. Yang, S. Zhu, and G. Cao. Improving Sensor Network Immunity under Worm Attacks: A Software Diversity Approach. ACM Mobihoc 2008.
  • Y. Yang, M. Shao, S. Zhu, B. Urgaonkar, and G. Cao. Towards Event Source Unobservability with Minimum Network Traffic in Sensor Networks, ACM WiSec 2008.
  • X. Wang, C. Pan, P. Liu, and S. Zhu. SigFree: A Signature-free Buffer Overflow Attack Blocker. Proceedings of USENIX Security'06, July 2006.
  • Y. Yang, X. Wang, S. Zhu, and G. Cao.  SDAP: A Secure Hop-by-Hop Data Aggregation Protocol for Sensor Networks. Proceedings of  ACM MOBIHOC'06, May 2006.
  • W. Zhang, H. Song, S. Zhu, and G. Cao. Least Privilege and Privilege Deprivation: Towards Tolerating Mobile Sink Compromises in Wireless Sensor Networks. Proceedings of  ACM MOBIHOC'05, May 2005. 
  • S. Zhu,  S. Setia, S. Jajodia, P. Ning.  An Interleaved Hop-by-Hop Authentication Scheme for Filtering of Injected False Data in Sensor Networks. Proceedings of  IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P'04), Oakland, California, May 2004. 
  • S. Zhu, S. Setia, S. Jajodia.  LEAP: Efficient Security Mechanisms for Large-Scale Distributed Sensor Networks. Proceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS '03), Washington D.C. October, 2003.


  • Current:       Ying Chen (PhD, co-advise with Heng Xu), Xin Chen (PhD), Zhen Xie (PhD), Chu Huang (PhD), Fangfang Zhang (PhD), Heqing Huang(PhD, co-advise with Peng Liu).
  • Graduated:   Zhi Xu (PhD, Palo Alto Networks), Wei Xu (PhD, Palo Alto Networks), Yi Yang (PhD, Catholic University of America), Xinran Wang (PhD, Palo Alto Networks), Liang Xie (PhD, Broadcom), Hung-yuan Hsu (PhD, co-advise with Ali Hurson, Samsung Mobile), Leonel Bueno (MS, Deloitte), Oh Young-Hyun (MS, now PhD@NCSU), Nazneen Irani(MS, co-advise, Deloitte), Ashwin Chaugule (MS, Qualcom), Lei Zhang (MS).
  • Visiting scholars:  Wenping Chen (Renmin University, 2008-2009, China), Zhengdao Zhang (Jiangnan University, 2010-2011), Tianzhen Chen (BIT, 2009-2011).

Essays:  (in Chinese)