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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)

Fall 2014 Office Hours: 1:30-2:30pm, T, R.


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

  • Treasurer:               ACM Conference on Computer and Communication Security (CCS) 2007-2010, AsiaCCS 2010.
  • TPC Member:          Infocom 2015, WiSec 2014, Securecomm 2014.
  • Associate Editor:      ICST Transactions on Security and Safety (2009-)

Recent Publications (a complete list)


         L. Luo, J. Ming, D. Wu, P. Liu and S. Zhu. Semantics-Based Obfuscation-Resilient Binary Code Similarity Comparison with Applications to Software Plagiarism Detection. To appear in Proceedings of The 22nd ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE), 2014.

         Z. Xie and S. Zhu. GroupTie: Toward Hidden Collusion Group Discovery in App Stores. Proceedings of the 7th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec), 2014.

         F. Zhang, H. Huang, S. Zhu, D. Wu, and P. Liu. ViewDroid: Towards Obfuscation-Resilient Mobile Application Repackaging Detection. Proceedings of the 7th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec), 2014.

         Y. Chen, H. Xu, Y. Zhou and S. Zhu. Is This App Safe for Children? A Comparison Study of Maturity Ratings on Android and iOS Applications. Proceedings of the 22nd International World Wide Web conference (WWW), 2013. 

         F. Zhang, Y. Jhi, D. Wu, P. Liu and S. Zhu. A First Step Towards Algorithm Plagiarism Detection. Proceedings of International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA), 2012.


Students & Visiting Scholars:

  • Current:       Xin Chen (PhD), Zhen Xie (PhD), Chu Huang (PhD), Heqing Huang(PhD, co-advise with Peng Liu).
  • Graduated:  Ying Chen (PhD, co-advise with Heng Xu, eBay), 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, now PhD@NCSU), Nazneen Irani(MS, co-advise, Deloitte), Ashwin Chaugule (MS, Qualcom), Lei Zhang (MS).
  • Visiting scholars: 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)