Zhou (Joe) Li, (李洲)
Assistant Professor
University of California, Irvine
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Irvine, CA 92697-2625, USA
Office: 3227 Engineering Hall
My CV. Last updated: 07/10/2020.

About PhD and Visitor positions: I am constantly looking for self-motivated PhD students who have strong interests in system security and privacy. Visitors are also welcome. For the inquiry, please specify how your prior experiences relate to my research areas. Due to the volume of inquiries, my apology if you don’t receive my reply. 


– Nov 2020: One paper accepted by IEEE S&P’21.
– Oct 2020: One paper accepted by NDSS’21.
– Sept 2020:
DARPA proposal about code patching funded as UCI co-PI. Many thanks to DARPA!
– Sept 2020:
One paper accepted by ACSAC’20.
– July 2020:
Proposal about building simulation platform for AI security was awarded by NSF. Many thanks to NSF!

Professional Bio

I am a tenure-track assistant professor in the department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at University of California, Irvine, with the focus on system security. I joined UCI EECS in Fall 2018 and I’m also affiliated with UCI Center for Embedded and Cyber-phyiscal Systems (CECS), UCI Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute (CPRI) and UCI NetSys. Before that, I was a principal research scientist at RSA Laboratories, working on security analytics. My research has been successfully integrated into RSA products. My works have been reported by news media like NYTimes and awarded by research contests like NYU Best Applied Security Paper and IETF ANRP. I’m an IEEE senior member and ACM member.

Project Websites

Recent Research Areas & Interests

  • Domain Name System (DNS). I’m interested in studying security, privacy and reliability of DNS. My past research covered protocol security [Security’18][CoNext’19], deployment assessment [IMC’19], malicious domain detection [CCS’17][DSN’15] and domain fraud [Security’16][Security’14][EuroS&P’19][SecureComm’18a][DSN’18].
  • Side-channel analysis. I’m interested in studying how private information (e.g., PIN number) is leaked through software and hardware side-channels. My research discovered new types of leakage inside mobile devices ([S&P’16][Security’17][ACSAC’18b]), wearable devices ([CCS’15]), web applications ([CCS’10][TWC]) and GPU ([PETS’17][DSN’20]).
  • IoT and mobile security. This direction focus on the new privacy and security issues introduced by the software and hardware stacks of mobile devices and smart-home devices [ESORICS’15][WiSec’16][SecureComm’18b][RAID’19][NDSS’19] [AsiaCCS’20].
  • Security analytics in enterprise. This direction focuses on how to automatically identify cyber-attacks from large-scale operational logs (e.g., web proxy logs within an enterprise) [DSN’15][SecDev’16][CCS’16][ACSAC’16][RAID’17][ACSAC’18a].

Experience & Education

2018-, Assistant Professor at UCI EECS
2013-2018, Principal Research Scientist at RSA Laboratories
2011, Research Intern at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, Mentor: Yinglian Xie and Fang Yu
2014, Ph.D. in Computer Science, Indiana University Bloomington, Advisor: XiaoFeng Wang
2008, M.Sc. in Computer Science, Wuhan University, China
2006, B.Sc. in Computer Science, Wuhan University, China


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