Kui
(Quinn) Ren

Associate Professor

Ubiquitous Security & PrivaCy Research Laboratory (UbiSeC Lab)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology

Address: 3301 S Dearborn St, SH 319, Chicago, IL 60616

Phone: 312-567-3481   Fax: 312-567-8976
Email: kren (-^-) ece-*-iit-*-edu






News: 

  • As of Fall 2012, Kui will join Department of Computer Science and Engineering at State Univesity of New York at Buffalo as Associate Professor! [June 2012]
  • Congratulations to Dr. Cong Wang, who has accepted a Tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong! [May 2012]
  • Congratulations to Dr. Qian Wang, who has accepted an Associate Professor position at School of Computer Science, Wuhan University, China! [Mar. 2012]
  • Kui is early promoted to Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with tenure at IIT! [May 2012]
  • Kui receives Sigma Xi/IIT Research Exellence Award in Junior Faculty Category! [May 2012]
  • Kui is invited to give a talk on Cloud Computing Security at The Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory. [Apr. 2012]
  • Congratulations to Dr. Cong Wang, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation on Apr. 9th, 2012! [Apr. 2012]
  • Congratulations to Dr. Qian Wang, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation on Apr. 2nd, 2012! [Apr. 2012]
  • Kui serves as an Editor for Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN), starting Mar., 2012. [Mar. 2012]
  • Kui is invited as a Distinguished Speaker to give a talk on Cloud Computing Security at 2012 CRISP Workshop on Information Security and Privacy, Colorado Research Institute for Security and Privacy, University of Denver! [Mar. 2012]
  • Kui is invited to moderate "End-to-End Security in Cloud Computing" panel for NSF Workshop on Security for Cloud Computing! [Feb. 2012]
  • Kui serves as TPC Co-Chair for Cloud Computing & Networking Symposium, International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC 2013), San Diego, Jan. 28-31, 2013! [Feb. 2012]
  • Kui serves as TPC Co-Chair for The Third International Workshop on Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing (ICDCS-SPCC'12), Macau, China, Jun. 18-21, 2012! [Nov. 2011]
  • Kui receives the Best Paper Award of IEEE ICNP 2011 for his paper "Anti-jamming Communication in Cognitive Radio Networks with Unknown Channel Statistics"! [Oct. 2011]
  • Kui is appointed as a Board Member of Internet Privacy Task Force of Illinois by Governor Pat Quinn, effective Sept. 7th, 2011! [Sept. 2011]
  • Kui receives a new AFRL Grant for his research on "Exploiting Pairing-based ZKP for Tactical Network Authentication". [Aug. 2011]
  • Kui receives a new NSF Grant for his research on "Engineering Secure Data Computation Outsourcing in Cloud Computing". [Jul. 2011] 
  • Kui receives a new NSF Grant for his research on "Mobile Content Distribution in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks". [Jul. 2011]
  • Kui is elevated to Senior Member of IEEE. [Mar. 2011]
  • Kui is invited to present on cloud computing security in NSF PI Meeting: The Science of Cloud Computing! [Mar. 2011]
  • Kui receives a two-year research grant from Amazon Web Services, starting Mar. 2011. [Mar. 2011]
  • Kui serves as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, starting Feb., 2011. [Feb. 2011]
  • Kui is invited as a Panelist for IEEE INFOCOM 2011 Panel on "The Challenges of Cloud Computing". [Feb. 2011]
  • Kui receives NSF CAREER Award for his research on "Secure and Privacy-assured Data Service Outsourcing in Cloud Computing". [Jan. 2011]
  • Kui serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine. [Dec. 2010]
  • Kui receives a new NSF Grant for his research on "New Approaches for Secure and Dependable Data Storage and Access Control in Mission-critical Wireless Sensor Networks". [Sept. 2008]


Research

My research interests lie in the general areas of Cloud Computing, Wireless networking, Smart Grid, and Cyber Physical systems with the focus on Security and Privacy related aspects. Currently, my research is supported by National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Air Force Research Lab, and Amazon Web Services. According to Google Scholar, the citations of my publications are over 1,700 times, and my h-Index is 21 as of May 2012. For more details, please visit UbiSeC lab.


     Selected Publications in 2011 & 2012: (a more complete list):
  • Opportunistic Spectrum Access: From Stochastic Channels to Non-stochastic Channels, IEEE Wireless Communications, with Q. Wang.
  • K-Indistinguishable Traffic Padding in Web Applications, PETS'12, with W-M. Liu, L. Wang, P. Cheng, and M. Debbabi.
  • Quantitative Analysis of Load Redistribution Attack in Electric Grid, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, with Y. Yuan, and Z. Li.
  • When Cloud Meets eBay: Towards Effective Pricing for Cloud Computing, IEEE INFOCOM'12, with Q. Wang and X. Meng.
  • Achieving Usable and Privacy-assured Similarity Search over Outsourced Cloud Data, IEEE INFOCOM'12, with C. Wang , S. Yu, and K. Mahendra Raje Urs.
  • Joint UFH and Power Control for Effective Wireless Anti-Jamming Communication, IEEE INFOCOM'12, with K. Xu and Q. Wang.
  • Locating Malicious Nodes for Data Aggregation in Wireless Networks, IEEE INFOCOM'12, Mini-Conference, with X. Xu, Q. Wang, J. Cao, P.-J. Wan, and Y. Chen.
  • Security Challenges for the Public Cloud, IEEE Internet Computing, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 69-73, Jan/Feb, 2012, with C. Wang and Q. Wang. (Invited Paper)
  • Privacy-preserving Public Auditing for Secure Cloud Storage, IEEE Transactions on Computers, with C. Wang, S. Chow, Q. Wang, and W. Lou.
  • Enabling Secure and Efficient Ranked Keyword Search over Outsourced Cloud Data, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, with C. Wang, N. Cao, and W. Lou.
  • Anti-jamming Communication in Cognitive Radio Networks with Unknown Channel Statistics, IEEE ICNP'11, with Q. Wang and P. Ning. (Best Paper Award)
  • Cooperative Secret Key Generation from Phase Estimation in Narrowband Fading Channels, IEEE JSAC, Special Issue on Cooperative Networking: Challenges and Applications, with Q. Wang and K. Xu.
  • Towards Optimal Adaptive UFH-based Anti-jamming Wireless Communication, IEEE JSAC, Special Issue on Game Theory in Wireless Communications, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 16-30, Jan, 2012, with Q. Wang, P. Xu, and X.-Y. Li.
  • Towards Optimal Electric Demand Management for Internet Data Centers, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 183-192, 2012, with J. Li, Z. Li, and X. Liu.
  • Harnessing the Cloud for Securely Solving Large-scale Systems of Linear Equations, IEEE ICDCS'11, with C. Wang J. Wang, and K. Mahendra Raje Urs.
  • Privacy-perserving Query over Encrypted Graph-Structured Data in Cloud Computing, IEEE ICDCS'11, with N. Cao, Z. Yang, C. Wang, and W. Lou.
  • Modeling Load Redistribution Attacks in Power System, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 382-390, June, 2011, with Y. Yuan and Z. Li.
  • Secret Key Generation Exploiting Channel Characteristics in Wireless Communication, IEEE Wireless Communications, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 6-12, 2011, with H. Su and Q. Wang.
  • Secure and Practical Outsourcing of Linear Programming in Cloud Computing, IEEE INFOCOM'11, with C. Wang and J. Wang.
  • Delay-Bounded Adaptive UFH-based Anti-jamming Wireless Communication, IEEE INFOCOM'11, with Q. Wang, P. Xu, and X.-Y. Li.
  • Fast and Scalable Secret Key Generation Exploiting Channel Phase Randomness in Wireless Networks, IEEE INFOCOM'11, with Q. Wang, H. Su, and K. Kim.
  • Privacy-Preserving Multi-keyword Ranked Search over Encrypted Cloud Data, IEEE INFOCOM'11, with N. Cao, C. Wang, M. Li, and W. Lou.


     Funded Research Projects:
  • Engineering Secure Data Computation Outsourcing in Cloud Computing, National Science Foundation, PI (Project Link)
  • Exploiting Pairing-based ZKP for Tactical Network Authentication, Air Force Research Laboratory, PI
  • Mobile Content Distribution in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks, National Science Foundation, PI
  • CAREER: Secure and Privacy-assured Data Service Outsourcing in Cloud Computing, National Science Foundation, PI (Project Link)
  • New Approaches for Secure and Dependable Data Storage and Access Control in Mission-critical Wireless Sensor Networks, National Science Foundation, PI
  • Energy Efficiency Research for Large-Scale Internet Data Centers, Illinois Institute of Technology, Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Grants, PI
  • A World-class Smart Grid Workforce Training Center, Department of Energy, Co-PI

Teaching
  • ECE 543 Computer Network Security
  • ECE 546 Wireless Security
  • ECE 443 Introduction to Computer Security (with Lab)


Hornors and Awards

  • Sigma Xi Junior Faculty Research Exellence Award, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2012
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2011
  • Best Paper Award, the Nineteenth IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP'11), Vancouver, BC, Canada, Oct. 17-20, 2011 
  • Best Paper Award, the Fourth International ICST Conference on Communications and Networking in China (Chinacom'09), Xi'an, China, Aug. 26-28, 2009
  • Best Paper Award, International Conference on Wireless Algorithms, Systems, and Applications (WASA'06), Xi'an, China, Aug. 15-18, 2006.


Professional Activities



Invited Talks

  • The Challenges of Cloud Computing Security, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory, April, 2012
  • Secure Computation Outsourcing in the Public Cloud, 2012 CRISP Workshop on Information Security and Privacy, University of Denver, April, 2012
  • Cloud Computation and End-to-end Security, Panel on "End-to-end Security for Cloud Computing", NSF Workshop on Security for Cloud Computing, March, 2012
  • Storage Outsourcing Security in the Public Cloud, University at Buffalo, February, 2012
  • Security Challenges for the Public Cloud, University of Michigan-Dearborn, November, 2011
  • Security Challenges for the Public Cloud, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, November, 2011
  • Security Challenges in Cloud Computing, University of Massachussets-Lowell, October, 2011
  • Security Challenges in Cloud Computing, Indiana University Purdue University Indianappolis, September, 2011
  • Security Challenges in Cloud Computing, Governor State University, August, 2011
  • Secure Computation Outsourcing in Cloud Computing, The 11th Emerging Information and Technology Conference (EITC-2011), Chicago, July, 2011
  • Data Service Outsourcing Security in Cloud Computing, University of Science and Technology of China, April, 2011
  • Data Service Outsourcing Security in Cloud Computing, Shanghai Jiaotong University, April, 2011
  • Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing, IEEE INFOCOM 2011 Panel on "The Challenges of Cloud Computing", Shanghai, China, April, 2011
  • Data Service Outsourcing Security in Cloud Computing, Department of CISE, University of Florida, April, 2011
  • Data and Computation Outsourcing Security in Cloud Computing, NSF PI Meeting: The Science of Cloud Computing, National Science Foundation, Washington DC, March, 2011
  • Storage Security in Cloud Computing, Department of ECE, University of Florida, December, 2010
  • Storage Security in Cloud Computing, Department of ECE, University of Waterloo, September, 2010
  • Storage Security in Cloud Computing, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE), Concordia University, September, 2010
  • Wireless Mesh Network Security, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RI), July, 2010
  • Zero-Knowledge Proof and its Application in Tactical Mobile Ad Hoc Networks, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RI), July, 2010
  • Authentication Techniques for Tactical Mobile Ad Hoc Networks, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RI), June, 2010
  • Secure Data Services in Cloud Computing, Department of CS, Illinois Institute of Technology, November, 2009
  • Secure Data Services in Cloud Computing, Shanghai Jiaotong University, August, 2009
  • Multiuser Broadcast Authentication in Wireless Sensor Networks, Northern Illinois University, February, 2008
  • Multiuser Broadcast Authentication in Wireless Sensor Networks, George Mason University, November, 2007
  • Security Research in Wireless Sensor Networks, University of Alabama, Huntsville, February 2007


Current Students and Alumni 

  • Zhen Xu, PhD Student, started from Fall 2011
  • Zhan Qin, PhD Student, Started from Spring 2012  
  • Yang Xu, Master Student
  • Qian Wang, PhD, 2008-2012, First employment: Associate Professor, Wuhan University  
  • Cong Wang, PhD, 2008-2012, First employment: Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong 
  • Kaihe Xu, MS, 2010-2012, First employment: PhD Student, University of Florida
  • Karthik Mahendra Raje Urs, MS, 2009-2011, First employment: Software Engineer, Qualcomm
  • Simone Astuni, MS, 2007-2008, First employment: Sales Engineer, Fluidmesh Networks

Keep Looking. Don't Settle. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. -- S.J.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. -- S.J.

    Last updated on 06/2012.