Xinming (Simon) Ou



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Dr. Xinming (Simon) Ou is professor of Computer Science and Engineering at University of South Florida. After receiving his PhD from Princeton University in 2005, he worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Purdue University's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), and a research associate at Idaho National Laboratory. He joined Kansas State University as an assistant professor in 2006, where he was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2012. He joined University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida in 2015.

Research Interests

Human-centered approaches to understanding/improving cybersecurity, CPS and IoT security, intrusion and malware analysis, mobile systems security, and new programming paradigms for security.

Teaching Interests

Practical and hands-on cybersecurity; secure coding; computer systems security


PhD in Computer Science, Princeton University (2005)
ME in Computer Science, Tsinghua University (2000)
BE in Computer Science, Tsinghua University (1998)

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Paper Award, Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security, 2015, 2021.
  • Test of Time Award, IEEE International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), 2020.
  • Kansas State University College of Engineering Frankenhoff Outstanding Research Award, 2013.
  • HP Labs Innovation Research Program (IRP) Award, 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2010.

Key Activities

  • General Chair, ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) (2020)
  • TPC member, ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) (2015, 2016)
  • TPC member, ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS) (2014, 2015)
  • TPC member, Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
  • Steering Committee Member, ACM Workshop on Moving Target Defense