Yao Liu

Y. Liu

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Yao Liu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL. She received her PhD in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2012, and her BE in Computer Science and ME in Telecommunications from Xidian University China in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Dr. Liu's research work has appeared in premier journals and conferences including ACM Transactions on Information and Systems Security, IEEE S&P, ACM CCS, MobiCom, and IEEE INFOCOM.

Research Interests

Dr. Liu's research is related to computer and network security, with an emphasis on designing and implementing defense approaches that protect emerging wireless technologies from being undermined by adversaries. Her research interest also lies in the security of cyber-physical systems, especially in smart grid security.

Teaching Interests

Computer and network security; algorithms


PhD in Computer Science, North Carolina State University (2012)
MS in Telecommunications, Xidian University (2007)
BS in Computer Science, Xidian University (2004)

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016)
  • Faculty Research Fellow of Air Force Research Lab (2015)
  • Travel award from IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P) (2011)
  • Best Paper award, 7th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (2010)
  • Travel award from ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS) (2009)

Key Activities

  • Program Committee, International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM)
  • Program Committee, ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS)
  • Program Committee, The Military and Commercial Communications Conference (MILCOM)
  • Program Committee, Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS)