When: Feb 20 2024 @ 10:30 AM
Where: Malone Hall 107
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Institute for Assured Autonomy & Computer Science Seminar Series.


Sensing and actuation systems are entrusted with increasing intelligence to perceive and react to the environment, but their reliability often relies on the trustworthiness of sensors. As process automation and robotics keep evolving, sensing methods such as pressure, temperature, and motion sensing are extensively used in conventional systems and rapidly emerging applications. This talk aims to investigate the threats incurred by the out-of-band signals and discuss the low-cost defense methods against physical injection attacks on sensors. Hei will present her paper results from the USENIX Security Symposium, ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS)ACM Asia CSS, Secure and Trustworthy Deep Learning Systems Workshop, Joint Workshop on CPS & IoT Security and Privacy, and European Alliance for Innovation’s International Conference on Security and Privacy in Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Vehicles.

Speaker Biography

Xiali “Sharon” Hei has been an Alfred and Helen M. Lamson Endowed Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Informatics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette since August, 2023. She was previously an Alfred and Helen M. Lamson Endowed Assistant Professor from August 2017 to July 2023. Prior to joining the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, she was an assistant professor at Delaware State University from 2015–2017 and an assistant professor at Frostburg State University from 2014–2015.

Hei has received a number of awards, including an Alfred and Helen M. Lamson Endowed Professorship; an Outstanding Achievement Award in Externally Funded Research; numerous recognitions from the NSF, including a Track 4 Faculty Fellowship, a Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace award, a Major Research Instrumentation award, an Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research RII Track 1 award, a Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research Initiation Initiative award; a Meta research award; funding from the Lousiana Board of Regents Support Fund; a Delaware Economic Development Office grant; a Best Paper Award at the European Alliance for Innovation’s International Conference on Security and Privacy in Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Vehicles; a Best Poster Runner-Up Award at the 2014 ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing; a Dissertation Completion Fellowship; the Bronze Award Best Graduate Project in Future of Computing Competition, and more. Her papers have been published at venues such as the USENIX Security Symposium, the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Computer Communications (ICC), the IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P), the International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions and Defenses, and the ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security. Hei is a TPC member of the USENIX Security Symposium, IEEE EuroS&P, PST, the IEEE Global Communications Conference, SafeThings, AutoSec, IEEE ICC, the International Conference on Wireless Artificial Intelligent Computing Systems and Applications, and more. She has also been an IEEE senior member since 2019.

Hei earned a BS in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University and an MS in software engineering from Tsinghua University.

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