I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NC State University. I earned my Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 and 2006, respectively, and my B.S. in Computer Engineering from Penn State in 2004.
I am a member of the Wolfpack Security and Privacy Research (WSPR) Lab.
My research focuses on the design, optimization, and measurement of security for operating systems, specifically on mobile phones, and the complex environments in which they operate. Through the design and evaluation of practical enhancements to existing architectures, my research seeks to improve security guarantees in commodity computer systems. (Short Bio)
- ASM research at androidsecuritymodules.org
- NativeWrap privacy tool source code and app on the Google Play Store
- WHYPER natural language processing (NLP) of app descriptions
- TaintDroid research at appanalysis.org
- Android app decompliation at siis.cse.psu.edu/ded
I organize a security lunch for students at NC State. Please see the schedule for more information.
Office: 3260 Engineering Building II
Phone: (919) 513-7905
Email: whenck at ncsu.edu
Department of Computer Science
3320 Engineering Building II
Office Hours (Spring 2016): Thursdays, 2-3pm
Current PhD Students:
- Benjamin Andow (expected 2018)
- Albert Gorski (expected 2017)
- Adwait Nadkarni (expected 2016)
- TJ OConnor (expected 2018)
- Luke Deshotels [co-advised with Dr. Purush Iyer] (expected 2018)
- Ruowen Wang [co-advised with Dr. Peng Ning] (expected 2015)
Past PhD Students:
Recent Professional Activities
- co-Chair, 2016 ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec)
- Program Committee, 2016 ISOC Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS)
- Program Committee, 2016 ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS)
- Program Committee, 2015 USENIX Security Symposium
- Program Committee, 2014 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland)
- Program Committee, 2015 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC)
- Program Committee, 2016 ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY)
- Program Committee, 2016 Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS)
- Program Committee, 2016 Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test (CSET)
- Program Committee, 2016 Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT)
August 31, 2015: Our NSF SaTC grant, TWC: Medium: Collaborative: Improving Mobile-Application Security via Text Analytics, has been awarded. The grant is in collaboration with Tao Xie, Carl Gunter, and ChengXiang Zhai at UIUC.
May 12, 2015: Our paper, EASEAndroid: Automatic Policy Analysis and Refinement for Security Enhanced Android via Large-Scale Semi-Supervised Learning, has been accepted for publication at the 2015 USENIX Security Symposium.
April 14, 2015: Our paper, Automatic Server Hang Bug Diagnosis: Feasible Reality or Pipe Dream?, has been accepted for publication at the IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC).
March 20, 2015: Congratulations to my PhD student, Jason Gionta, for successfully defending his dissertation. Jason is co-advised by Dr. Peng Ning.
December 18, 2014: Our paper, AppContext: Differentiating Malicious and Benign Mobile App Behavior Under Contexts, has been accepted for publication at the 2015 International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE).
- I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Science at the North Carolina State University
- I am a National Science Foundation CAREER Award winner (CNS-1253346).
- My work has appeared in many major technical venues, including USENIX Security, ACM CCS, USENIX OSDI, USENIX ATC, ACM MobiCom, and NDSS.
- I am a co-founder of the ACM CCS Workshop on Security and Privacy in Smartphones and Mobile Devices (SPSM)
- My research has been covered by The New York Times and CNET among other international press venues. I was also interviewed by FOX News (video).
- I received my Ph.D. from the Computer Science and Engineering department at the Pennsylvania State University in May of 2011.
- I am a recipient of the Penn State University Alumni Association Dissertation Award for 2010-2011.
- I am a founding member and former lead graduate student of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Laboratory.
- I worked as a research intern at AT&T Research and Intel Labs.
- I was a member of 2007 EVEREST academic study [pdf] of voting equipment sponsored by the Ohio Secretary of State.
- My Erdös number is 3 (Paul Erdös--Fan Chung--William Aiello--Me).