Kuan Zhang, Ph.D.

Contact Information:
PKI 206B
Scott Campus (Omaha)
(402) 554-6005
kuan.zhang@unl.edu
Email   
Professional Memberships:
• IEEE Member

Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering; University of Waterloo, Canada (2016)
  • M.S., Computer Applied Technology; Northeastern University, China (2011)
  • B.S., Communication Engineering; Northeastern University, China (2009)
Open Positions
  • I am seeking self-motivated Ph.D. students with strong interests in the area of cyber security, big data, and embedded/cyber physical systems. If you want to apply for this position, please email me a copy of your resume (including education background, relevant research/working experience, and relevant publications), GPA, GRE score (if applicable), and TOEFL score (for international applicants). In your email, please use “Graduate Applicant – Your Name” as the subject, and describe the motivation of your interests. For admission by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, you must submit a formal applicationa to UNL Office of Graduate Studies following the guidelines. RA will be provided to outstanding applicants, starting from Fall 2020.

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

  • Cyber security
  • Cyber physical system
  • Big data
  • e-healthcare
  • Social network
  • Cloud/edge computing
About Kuan Zhang

Dr. Kuan Zhang joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) as an assistant professor in September 2017. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow from 2016-2017 at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Dr. Zhang’s research interests cover broad areas of cyber security and cyber physical systems, including network and system security, privacy, big data analysis, social network, e-healthcare system, vehicular communications, cloud/edge computing, and Internet-of-Things. Dr. Zhang was the recipient of Best Paper Award in IEEE WCNC 2013 and Securecomm 2016.

Honors and Awards

IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC) Award for Excellence - Outstanding Ph.D Thesis, 2017


Selected Publications

Referred Journal Papers:

  • Q. Xu, Z. Su, Q. Zheng, M. Luo, B. Dong, and K. Zhang, "Game Theoretical Secure Caching Scheme in Multi-homing Edge Computing-enabled Heterogeneous Networks", accepted by IEEE Internet of Things Journal.
  • W. Tang, K. Zhang, D. Zhang, J. Ren, Y. Zhang, and X. Shen, "Fog-enabled Smart Health: Towards Cooperative and Secure Healthcare Service Provision", accepted by IEEE Communications Magazine.
  • Q. Jiang, X. Huang, N. Zhang, K. Zhang, X. Ma, and J. Ma, "Shake to Communicate: Secure Handshake Acceleration-based Pairing Mechanism for Wrist Worn Devices", accepted by IEEE Internet of Things Journal.
  • J. Ni, K. Zhang, Q. Xia, X. Lin, and X. Shen, "Enabling strong privacy preservation and accurate task allocation for mobile crowdsensing", accepted by IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.
  • Z. Yang, K. Zhang, L. Lei, and K. Zheng, "A Novel Classifier Exploiting Mobility Behaviors for Sybil Detection in Connected Vehicle Systems", accepted by IEEE Internet of Things Journal.
  • D. Chen, N. Zhang, N. Cheng, K. Zhang, Z. Qin, and X. Shen, "Physical Layer based Message Authentication with Secure Channel Codes", accepted by IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.
  • Z. Qin, L. Hu, N. Zhang, D. Chen, K. Zhang, Z. Qin, and K. Choo, "Learning Aided User Identification Using Smartphone Sensors for Smart Homes", accepted by IEEE Internet of Things Journal.
  • W. Tang, K. Zhang, J. Ren, Y. Zhang, and X. Shen, "Privacy-Preserving Task Recommendation with Win-win Incentives for Mobile Crowdsourcing", accepted by Information Science.
  • J. Ni, K. Zhang, X. Lin, and X. Shen, "Balancing Security and Efficiency for Smart Metering against Misbehaving Collectors", IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol.10 , no. 2, pp.1225 - 1236, 2019.
  • K. Fan, S. Zhu, K. Zhang, H. Li, and Y. Yang, "A Lightweight Authentication Scheme for Cloud-Based RFID Healthcare Systems", IEEE Network, vol. 33, no. 2, pp: 44-49, 2019.
  • W. Tang, K. Zhang, J. Ren, Y. Zhang, and X. Shen, "Flexible and Efficient Authenticated Key Agreement Scheme for BANs Based on Physiological Features",  IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 18, no. 4, pp: 845-856, 2019.
  • K. Zhang, X. Liang, J. Ni, K. Yang, and X. Shen, "Exploiting Social Network to Enhance Human-to-Human Infection Analysis Without Privacy Leakage", IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, vol. 15, no. 4, pp: 607-620, 2018.
  • D. Chen, N. Zhang, R. Lu, X. Fang, K. Zhang, Z. Qin, and X. Shen, "An LDPC code based physical layer message authentication scheme with prefect security", IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 36, no.4, pp: 748-761, 2018.
  • X. Yuan, C. Li, Q. Ye, K. Zhang, N. Cheng, N. Zhang, and X. Shen, "Performance Analysis of IEEE 802.15.6-Based Coexisting Mobile WBANs With Prioritized Traffic and Dynamic Interference", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 17, no. 8, pp: 5637-5652, 2018.
  • K. Fan, J. Yin, K. Zhang, H. Li, and Y. Yang, "EARS-DM: Efficient Auto Correction Retrieval Scheme for Data Management in Edge Computing", Sensors, Vol. 18, No. 11, pp: 1-16, 2018.
  • Y. Wu, X. Chen, J. Shi, K. Ni, L. Qian, L. Huang, and K. Zhang, "Optimal Computational Power Allocation in Multi-Access Mobile Edge Computing for Blockchain", Sensors, vol. 18, no. 10, 2018, pp: 1-19.
  • Y. Liu, K. Ota, K. Zhang, M. Ma, N. Xiong, A. Liu, and J. Long, "QTSAC: An energy-efficient mac protocol for delay minimization in wireless sensor networks", IEEE Access, vol. 6, 2018, pp: 8273-8291.
  • H. Teng, K. Zhang, M. Dong, K. Ota, A. Liu, M. Zhao, and T. Wang, "Adaptive transmission range based topology control scheme for fast and reliable data collection", Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, Vol. 2018, pp:1-21.
  • J. Ni, K. Zhang, X. Lin, and X. Shen, “Securing Fog Computing for Internet of Things Applications: Challenges and Solutions”, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 601-628, 2018.
  • K. Zhang, J. Ni, K. Yang, X. Liang, J. Ren, and X. Shen, "Security and Privacy for Smart City Applications: Challenges and Solutions", IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 122-129, 2017.
  • J. Ni, K. Zhang, K. Alharbi, X. Lin, N. Zhang, and X. Shen, "Differentially Private Smart Metering with Fault Tolerance and Range-Based Filtering", IEEE Trans.on Smart Grid, Vol. 8, No. 5, pp. 2483-2493, 2017.
  • C. Lai, K. Zhang, N. Cheng, H. Li, and X. Shen, "SIRC: A Secure Incentive Scheme for Reliable Cooperative Downloading in Highway VANETs", IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 1559-1574, 2017.
  • J. Ren, Y. Zhang, Q. Ye, K. Yang, K. Zhang, and X. Shen, "Exploiting Secure Collaborative Spectrum Sensing for Cognitive Radio Sensor Networks", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol.15, no.10, pp.6813-6827, 2016.
  • J. Ren, Y. Zhang, K. Zhang, and X. Shen, "Adaptive and Channel-aware Detection of Selective Forwarding Attacks in Wireless Sensor Networks", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol.15, no.5, pp.3718-3731, 2016.
  • J. Ren, Y. Zhang, K. Zhang, A. Liu, J. Chen, and X. Shen, "Lifetime and Energy Hole Evolution Analysis in Data-Gathering Wireless Sensor Networks", IEEE Transactions on Industry Informatics, vol.12, no.2, pp.788-800, 2016.
  • K. Zheng, Z. Yang, K. Zhang, P. Chatzimisios, W. Xiang, and K. Yang, "Big Data Driven Optimization for Mobile Networks towards 5G", IEEE Network Magazine, vol.30, no.1, pp.44-51, 2016.
  • K. Zhang, X. Liang, R. Lu, and X. Shen, "PIF: A Personalized Fine-grained Spam Filtering Scheme with Privacy Preservation in Mobile Social Network", IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, vol.2, no.3, pp.41-52, 2015.
  • K. Zhang, K. Yang, X. Liang, Z. Su, X. Shen, and H. Luo, "Security and Privacy for Mobile Healthcare Networks — from Quality-of-Protection Perspective", IEEE Wireless Communications, vol.22, no.4, pp.104-112, 2015.
  • Q. Xu, Z. Su, K. Zhang, P. Ren, and X. Shen, "Epidemic Information Dissemination in Mobile Social Networks with Opportunistic Links", IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics on Computing, vol.3, no.3, pp.399-409, 2015.
  • K. Yang, K. Zhang, J. Ren and X. Shen, "Security and Privacy in Mobile Crowdsourcing Networks: Challenges and Opportunities", IEEE Communications Magazine, vol.53, no.8, pp.75-81, 2015.
  • J. Ren, Y. Zhang, K. Zhang, and X. Shen, "Exploiting Mobile Crowdsourcing for Pervasive Cloud Services: Challenges and Solutions", IEEE Communications Magazine, vol.53, no.53, pp.98-105, 2015.
  • N. Zhang, N. Cheng, A. Gamage, K. Zhang, J. W. Mark, X. Shen, "Cloud Assisted HetNets Toward 5G Wireless Networks", IEEE Communications Magazine, vol.53, no.6, pp.59-65, 2015.
  • K. Zhang, X. Liang, R. Lu, and X. Shen, "Exploiting Multimedia Services in Mobile Social Network from Security and Privacy Perspectives", IEEE Communications Magazine, vol.52, no.3, pp.58-65, 2014.
  • K. Zhang, X. Liang, R. Lu, and X. Shen, "Sybil Attacks and Their Defenses in the Internet of Things", IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol.1, no.5, pp.372-383, 2014.
  • K. Zhang, X. Liang, M. Barua, R. Lu, and X. Shen, "PHDA: A Priority Based Health Data Aggregation with Privacy Preservation for Cloud Assisted WBANs", Information Sciences, Elsevier, vol.284, pp.130-141, 2014.
  • X. Liang, K. Zhang, X. Shen, and X. Lin, "Security and Privacy in Mobile Social Networks: Challenges and Solutions", IEEE Wireless Communications, vol.21, no.1, pp.33-41, 2014.
  • X. Liang, X. Li, K. Zhang, R. Lu, X. Lin, and X. Shen, "Fully Anonymous Profile Matching in Mobile Social Networks," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol.31, no.9, pp.641-655, 2013.
  • X. Liang, K. Zhang, R. Lu, X. Lin, and X. Shen, "EPS: An Ecient and Privacy-Preserving Service Searching Scheme for Smart Community," IEEE Sensors Journal, vol.13, no.10, pp.3702-3710, 2013.
  • M. Wen, R. Lu, K. Zhang, J. Lei, X. Liang, and X. Shen, "PaRQ: A Privacy-Preserving Range Query Scheme Over Encrypted Metering Data for Smart Grid", IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, vol.1, no.1, pp.178-191, 2013.



Referred Conference Papers:

  • X. Yuan, J. Han, J. Pan, K. Zhang, C. Li, and Q. Ye, "2TM-MAC: A Two-Tier Multi-channel Interference Mitigation MAC Protocol for Coexisting WBANs", Proc. of IEEE Globecom'19, Waikoloa, HI, USA, December 9-13, 2019.
  • Q. Xu, Z. Su, Y. Wang, and K. Zhang "Secure Edge Caching for Layered Multimedia Contents in Heterogeneous Networks", Proc. of IEEE Globecom'19, Waikoloa, HI, USA, December 9-13, 2019.
  • X. Wang, Y. Zhou, X. Ma, N. Lu, N. Cheng, and K. Zhang, "Smart Cyber Forensics of Rear-End Collision based on Multi-Access Edge Computing", Proc. of IEEE CIC/ICCC'19, Changchun, China, August 11-13, 2019.
  • X. Yuan, X. Wang, J. Han, J. Liu, H. Chen, K. Zhang, and Q. Ye, "A High Accuracy Integrated Bagging-Fuzzy-GBDT Prediction Algorithm for Heart Disease Diagnosis", Proc. of IEEE CIC/ICCC'19, Changchun, China, August 11-13, 2019.
  • Z. Su, Q. Xu, and K. Zhang, "HMM Based Cache Pollution Attack Detection for Edge Computing Enabled Mobile Social Networks", Proc. IEEE ICC'19, Shanghai, China, May 20-24, 2019.
  • M. Hadian, T. Altuwaiyan, X. Liang, B. Sheng and K. Zhang, "SmartEye: Mobile Device Proximity Monitoring via Wireless Signal Analysis", Proc. IEEE ICNC'19, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, February 18-21, 2019.
  • Y. Wu, J. Shi, X. Chen, K. Ni, L. Qian, L. Huang, and K. Zhang, "Optimal Multi-Access Computation Offoading for Mobile Blockchain", Proc. ICCS, Chengdu, China, Dec. 19-21, 2018.
  • W. Li, K. Zhang, Z. Su, R. Lu, and Y. Wang, "Anomalous Path Detection for Spatial Crowdsourcing based Indoor Navigation System", Proc. IEEE Globecom'18, Abu Dahbi, UAE, December 9-13, 2018.
  • X. Yuan, C. Li, K. Zhang, Q. Ye, N. Cheng, N. Zhang, and X. Shen, "Dynamic interference analysis of coexisting mobile WBANs for health monitoring", Proc. IEEE ICC'18, Kansas City, MO, May 20-24, 2018.
  • Q. Li, K. Zhang, M. Cheffena, and X. Shen, "Channel-based Sybil Detection in Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks: a Multi-kernel Approach", Proc. IEEE Globecom'17, Singapore, Dec. 4-8, 2017.
  • W. Tang, K. Zhang, J. Ren, Y. Zhang, and X. Shen, "Lightweight and Privacy-preserving Fog-assisted Information Sharing Scheme for Health Big Data", Proc. IEEE Globecom'17, Singapore, Dec. 4-8, 2017.
  • Q. Li, K. Zhang, M. Cheffena, and X. Shen, "Channel-based Sampling Rate and Queuing State Control in Delay-Constraint Industrial WSNs", Proc. IEEE Globecom'17, Singapore, Dec. 4-8, 2017.
  • D. Chen, N. Cheng, N. Zhang, K. Zhang, Z. Qin, and X. Shen, "Multi-Message Authentication over Noisy Channel with Polar Codes", Proc. IEEE MASS, Orlando, Florida, October 22-25, 2017.
  • J. Ni, K. Zhang, X. Lin, Q. Xia, and X. Shen, "Privacy-Preserving Mobile Crowdsensing for Located-Based Applications", Proc. IEEE ICC'17, Paris, France, May 21-25, 2017.
  • Q. Li, K. Zhang, M. Cheffena, and X. Shen, "A Measurement-based Boundary Estimation Approach for Localization in Industrial WSNs", Proc. IEEE ICC'17, Paris, France, May 21-25, 2017.
  • Y. He, K. Zhang, H. Wang, F. Li, B. Niu, and H. Li, "Impact factor-based group recommendation scheme with privacy preservation in MSNs", Proc. IEEE ICC'17, Paris, France, May 21-25, 2017.
  • J. Ni, X. Lin, K. Zhang, Y. Yu, and X. Shen, "CPARN: Cloud-Based Privacy-Preserving Parking Navigation in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks", Proc. of Securecomm, Guangzhou, China, 2016 (Best Paper Award).
  • J. Ni, X. Lin, K. Zhang, and Y. Yu, "Secure and Deduplicated Spatial Crowdsourcing: A Fog-Based Approach", Proc. of IEEE Globecom, Washington D.C., USA, December, 2016.
  • J. Ni, X. Lin, K. Zhang, and X. Shen, "Privacy-Preserving Real-Time Navigation System Using Vehicular Crowdsourcing", Proc. of VTC - Fall, Montreal, Canada, September, 2016.
  • J. Ni, X. Lin, K. Zhang, Y. Yu, and X. Shen, "Secure Outsourced Data Transfer with Integrity Verification in Cloud Storage", Proc. of IEEE ICCC, Chengdu, China, July, 2016.
  • J. Ni, X. Lin, K. Zhang, Y. Yu, and X. Shen, "Device-Invisible Two-Factor Authenticated Key Agreement for BYOD", Proc. of IEEE ICCC, Chengdu, China, July, 2016.
  • Q. Li, K. Zhang, M. Cheffena, and X. Shen, "Exploiting Dispersive Power Gain and Delay Spread for Sybil Detection in Industrial WSNs", Proc. of IEEE ICCC, Chengdu, China, July, 2016.
  • J. Ni, K. Zhang, X. Lin, H. Yang, and X. Shen, "AMA: Anonymous Mutual Authentication with Traceability in Carpooling Systems", Proc. of IEEE ICC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May, 2016.
  • J. Ni, K. Zhang, X. Lin, and X. Shen, "EDAT: Efficient Data Aggregation without TTP for Privacy-Assured Smart Metering", Proc. of IEEE ICC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May, 2016.
  • Z. Su, Q. Xu, K. Zhang, K. Yang, and X. Shen, "Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation in Mobile Social Networks with Multiple Homing Access", in Proc. of IEEE WCSP, Nanjing, China, October, 2015.
  • K. Zhang, X. Liang, R. Lu, K. Yang, and X. Shen, "Exploiting Mobile Social Behaviors for Sybil Detection", in Proc. IEEE INFOCOM, pp.271-279, Hong Kong, China, April 26 - May 1, 2015.
  • M. He, K. Zhang, X. Shen, "PMQC: A Privacy-Preserving Multi-Quality Charging Scheme in V2G network", in Proc. of IEEE Globecom, Austin, Texas, USA, pp.675-680, December, 2014.
  • J. Ren, Y. Zhang, K. Zhang, X. Shen, "Exploiting Channel-Aware Reputation System Against Selective Forwarding Attacks in WSNs", in Proc. of IEEE Globecom, Austin, Texas, USA, pp.330-335, December, 2014.
  • K. Zhang, R. Lu, X. Liang, J. Qiao, and X. Shen, "PARK: A Privacy-preserving Aggregation Scheme with Adaptive Key Management for Smart Grid", in Proc. IEEE ICCC, Xi'An, China, pp.236-241, August 2013.
  • K. Zhang, X. Liang, R. Lu, and X. Shen, "SAFE: A Social Based Updatable Filtering Protocol with Privacy-preserving in Mobile Social Networks", in Proc. of IEEE ICC, Budapest, Hungary, pp.6045-6049, June 2013.
  • Y. Liu, Z. Shi, K. Zhang, Y. Zheng, R. Lu, X Shen, "A Novel Low-power Mixed-mode Implementation of Weight Update in Particle PHD Filters", in Proc. of IEEE WCNC, Shanghai, China, pp.4647-4652, April 2013 (Best Paper Award).
  • K. Zhang, X. Liang, R. Lu, X. Shen, and H. Zhao, "VSLP: Voronoi-Socialspot-Aided Packet Forwarding Protocol with Receiver Location Privacy in MSNs", in Proc. IEEE Globecom, Anaheim, California, USA, pp.348-353, December, 2012.