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Yan Solihin, Director

Areas: Secure execution environment, side channels, Non-Volatile-Memory, and computer architecture.

Dr.Yan Solihin is a Charles N. Millican Chair Professor of Computer Science at University of Central Florida and Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy Cluster. He is well known for pioneering cache sharing fairness and Quality of Service (QoS), and inventing efficient counter mode memory encryption, and Bonsai Merkle Tree, which have significantly influenced Intel Cache Allocation Technology and Secure Guard eXtension (SGX). In 2017, he received IEEE Fellow “for contributions to shared cache hierarchies and secure processors”. He is in the HPCA Hall of Fame and ISCA Hall of Fame. He has received MICRO Best Paper Runner Up Award, and several best paper nominations (HPCA, IPDPS, ISPASS). He served as NSF Program Director from 10/2015-1/2018.



Aziz Mohaisen

Areas: Network Security, Software Security, Applied and Adversarial Machine Learning, Malware Analysis, Blockchain Systems.

Dr. Aziz Mohaisen is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining Central Florida, he held various positions in academia and industry. At UCF, he runs the Security and Analytics Lab (SEAL), where his research interests are broadly in the area of computer security and online privacy with applications to DDoS, malware analysis and detection, blockchain systems, adversarial and applied machine learning, and emerging networking technologies. His work is supported by NSF, NRF (through the Global Research Lab initiative), AFRL, and FC2, among others. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and a senior member of ACM and IEEE.


Clay Posey

Areas: Behavioral Information Security, Organizational Insiders, Computational Social Science, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

In addition to being a member of the Cyber Security and Privacy Cluster, Dr. Posey is an Associate Professor in the College of Business, Department of Management. Prior to UCF, he was a tenured faculty member and Associate Director of the Cyber Institute at the University of Alabama. His research has been published in MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Sciences, Computers in Human Behavior, and Computers & Security, among others. He is currently associate editor at Information & Management and an active member of the IFIP Working Group 8.11/11.13 – Information Systems Security Research.


Gary Leavens

Areas: Programming and specification language design and semantics, Formal Methods, Aspect- and object-oriented Languages, Software Security, Information Assurance, Distributed Languages, Type Theory, Programming Methodology, Software Engineering, Computer Science Education.

Dr. Leavens Gary Leavens is a professor and chair of the department of Computer Science at UCF. After joining UCF in August 2007, he became associate chair in 2008, and was appointed chair in 2010. He led a successful faculty cluster proposal in cyber security and privacy. His research is in formal methods.

Previously Dr. Leavens was a professor of Computer Science at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he started in 1989, after receiving his doctorate from MIT. Before graduate studies at MIT, he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Denver Colorado as a member of technical staff.


Cliff Zou

Areas: computer and networking security, network modeling and performance evaluation

Dr. Cliff Zou received his PhD degree from Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, in 2005, and MS and BS degree from University of Science & Technology of China in 1999 and 1996, respectively. Currently he is an Associate Professor in Department of Computer Science and the Program Coordinator of Digital Forensics Master program in University of Central Florida. His research interests focus on cybersecurity and computer networking. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed research papers, and has obtained more than 5800 Google Scholar Citations. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.


Paul Gazzillo

Areas: Programming languages, software engineering, security, analysis of configurable systems, side-channel attacks, blockchain smart contracts

Dr. Paul Gazzillo is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at University of Central Florida. He received his PhD from NYU and previously worked as a Post-Doc at Yale and a Research Scholar at Stevens Institute. His research aims to make it easier to develop safe and secure software, and it spans programming languages, security, software engineering, and systems. Projects include analysis of configurable systems, side-channel attack detection, and concurrent smart contracts. His work has been published in venues such as PLDI, ESEC/FSE, and PODC and has been recognized with a SIGPLAN Research Highlight.


Pamela Wisniewski

Areas: Human-computer interaction, privacy, social computing, online safety and risks.

Dr. Pamela Wisniewski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. She was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Penn State University, graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Ph.D. in Computing and Information Systems, and has over 6 years of industry experience as a systems developer. Her research expertise is at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, and Privacy. She is particularly interested in promoting online safety for adolescents. She has been awarded over $1.6 million in external grant funding, and her research has been featured by ABC News, NPR, Psychology Today, and U.S. News and World Report.


Amro Awad

Areas: Non-volatile memory, virtual memory, hardware security, and workload cloning.

Dr. Awad joined UCF as an assistant professor in Fall 2017. Before that, he was a senior member of technical staff (permanent/tenured) at Sandia National Labs. Throughout his research career, he had several stints at HP Labs (Security and Cloud Group), AMD Research and Los Alamos National Lab. His research is focused on secure hardware architectures and securely-persistent memory systems. His research has been accepted in top-tier conferences, such as ISCA, MICRO, ASPLOS, HPCA, ICS and PACT. His research has been funded through Sandia National Labs, Air Force Research Labs, National Science Foundation and Navy Surface Warfare Centers.


Yao Li

Areas: privacy, human-computer interaction, social computing, cross-cultural studies.

Dr. Yao Li is an Assistant Professor in the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training (SMST) at University of Central Florida. She received her PhD in Information and Computer Sciences from University of California, Irvine in 2019. Her research lies at the intersection of privacy and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Specifically, she studies the influence of cultural and social factors on users’ privacy management. Her research aims to make privacy designs better to support users’ privacy and security in the use of technologies. Her work has been published in venues such as CSCW, CHI, TOCHI, PoPets and JASIST.


Xinwen Fu

Affiliate Member

Areas: Network Security and Privacy, Digital Forensics, Anonymous communication, traffic analysis, hardware security and privacy, smart device security and privacy, network forensics

Dr. Xinwen Fu is a Professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell, and an affiliate member of the cluster.