Xiaojiang Du

Professor and Anson Wood Burchard Professor

School: School of Engineering and Science

Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Building: Burchard

Room: 205

Phone: (201) 216-5689

Email: xdu16@stevens.edu


  • PhD (2003) University of Maryland (Electrical Engineering)
  • MS (2002) University of Maryland (Electrical Engineering)
  • MS (1998) Tsinghua University (Electrical Engineering)
  • BE (1996) Tsinghua University (Electrical Engineering)

* Internet of Things (IoT) Security, Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) Security
* Artificial Intelligence (AI) Security, Machine Learning Security
* Mobile Device Security, Wireless Network Security
* Wireless Networks, Computer Networks
* Computer Systems, Controls, Communications

General Information

News: In Dec. 2021, Prof. Du was named as one of the 63 ACM Distinguished Members worldwide, for outstanding scientific contributions to computing. Below is the press release: https://www.acm.org/media-center/2021/december/distinguished-members-2021

News: Our paper on IoT security has been accepted by the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P 2022) (Acceptance rate is 15.2%).

Multiple PhD Student Positions Available: The students should be self-motivated, and have good background in programming. The PhD students will be working on IoT security, or AI/ML security. Prior experience on security or networking is a plus. Email me your application materials (CV, transcript, TOEFL/GRE, etc.) if you are interested.


Bio: Xiaojiang (James) Du is the Anson Wood Burchard Endowed-Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. He was a tenured professor at Temple University between August 2009 and August 2021. Dr. Du received his B.S. from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1996. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002 and 2003, respectively. His research interests are security, wireless networks, and systems. He has authored over 500 journal and conference papers in these areas, including the top security conferences IEEE S&P, USENIX Security, and NDSS. Dr. Du has been awarded more than 8 million US Dollars research grants from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Army Research Office, Air Force Research Lab, the State of Pennsylvania, and Amazon. He won the best paper award at several conferences, such as IEEE ICC 2020, IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 and the best poster runner-up award at the ACM MobiHoc 2014. He serves on the editorial boards of three IEEE journals. Dr. Du is an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Distinguished Member, and an ACM Life Member.


Dept. of Computer and Information Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, July 2017– August 2021

Associate Professor
Dept. of Computer and Information Sciences, Temple University July 2010– June 2017

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Computer and Information Sciences, Temple University August 2009 – July 2010

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Computer Science, North Dakota State University July 2004 – July 2009

Visiting Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering, Indiana Univ. - Purdue Univ., Fort Wayne, IN August 2003 – May 2004

Honors and Awards

IEEE Fellow, for contributions to Wireless Security, since January 1, 2020.

ACM Distinguished Member, for outstanding scientific contributions to computing, since December 15, 2021.

Life Member of ACM

Professional Societies
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – IEEE Fellow
Grants, Contracts, and Funds

* NEW * Collaborative Research: CNS Core: Medium: Towards Understanding and Handling Problems Due to Coexistence of Multiple IoT Platforms, National Science Foundation, PI, 06/01/2021 to 05/31/2024.

* Medium: Collaborative Research: Hardware-in-the-Loop and Remotely Accessible/Configurable/Programmable Internet of Things (IoT) Testbeds”, National Science Foundation, Lead-PI, 08/01/2020 to 07/31/2023.

* Study of the Tradeoff between Spectrum Allocation Efficiency and Operation Privacy in DSA System, National Science Foundation, PI, 10-01-2018 to 09-30-2022.

* Development of an Information Assurance and Performance Infrastructure for the Internet of Things, National Science Foundation, PI, 10-01-2018 to 09-30-2022.

Selected Publications

C. Fu, Q. Zeng, X. Du, "HAWatcher: Semantics-Aware Anomaly Detection for Appified Smart Homes", USENIX Security 2021, August. 2021. (The Acceptance rate of USENIX Security 2020 is 16.1%).

H. Chi, Q. Zeng, X. Du, L. Luo, "PFirewall: Semantics-Aware Customizable Data Flow Control for Home Automation Systems", NDSS 2021, Feb. 2021. (Acceptance rate = 15.2%).

X. Xu, X. Du, Q. Zeng, "Attacking Graph-Based Classification without Changing Existing Connections," in Proc. of Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC 2020), Austin, TX, Dec. 2020. (Acceptance rate: 70/302 = 23%)

H. Chi, Q. Zeng, X. Du, J. Yu, "Cross-App Interference Threats in Smart Homes: Categorization, Detection and Handling," in Proc. of 50th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2020), Valencia, Spain, June 2020. (Acceptance rate: 48/291 = 16.5%)

J. Liu, Q. Hu, R. Sun, X. Du, and M. Guizani, “A Physical Layer Security Scheme with Compressed Sensing in OFDM-based IoT Systems,” in Proc. of the IEEE ICC 2020, Dublin, Ireland, June 2020. Best Paper Award!

H. Liu, X. Helu, C. Jin, H. Lu, Z. Tian, X. Du, K. Abualsaud, M. Guizani, "A Malware Detection Method for Health Sensor Data Based on Machine Learning," in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Informatics, IoT, and Enabling Technologies (ICIoT’2020), Doha, Qatar, February, 2020, Best Paper Award!

Q. Zeng, J. Su, C. Fu, G. Kayas, L. Luo, X. Du, et al., "A Multiversion Programming Inspired Approach to Detecting Audio Adversarial Examples", The 49th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2019), June 2019, Portland, Oregon, USA. (Acceptance rate 54/252 = 21%)

Q. Zeng, G. Kayas, E. Mohammed, L. Luo, X. Du, and J. Rhee, "HeapTherapy+: Efficient Handling of (Almost) All Heap Vulnerabilities Using Targeted Calling-Context Encoding", The 49th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2019), June 2019, Portland, Oregon, USA. (Acceptance rate 54/252 = 21%)

L. Luo, H. Yu, Z. Ye, and X. Du, “Online Deadline-aware Bulk Transfer over Inter-Datacenter WANs,” IEEE INFOCOM 2018, April 2018, Honolulu, HI, USA, (Acceptance rate = 19.2%)

Y. Sang, B. Ji, G. Gupta, X. Du, and L. Ye, “Provably Efficient Algorithms for Joint Placement and Allocation of Virtual Network Functions,” in Proc. of IEEE INFOCOM 2017, Atlanta, Ga, May 2017, (Acceptance rate = 20%)

L. Ye, H. Zhang, and X. Du, “Modeling Leechers Attack in BitTorrent,” in Proc. of IEEE GLOBECOM 2014, Austin, TX, Dec. 2014. Best Paper Award!

X. Hei, X. Du and S. Lin, “Near Field Communication based Access Control for Wireless Medical Devices,” Best Poster Runner-up Award! ACM MobiHoc 2014, Philadelphia, PA, August 2014.