Principal Investigators

PI Dr. Xinwen Fu is an Associate Professor, Co-director of Center of Internet Security and Forensics Education and Research (iSAFER) of UMass Lowell, and will coordinate the effort of recruiting students, organizing the summer activities, performing research and writing papers for the HCISec REU site. His research expertise is in computer security and privacy and digital forensics. He has published over 100 papers in prestigious conferences such as IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P), ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), and ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc), journals such as ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking (ToN), IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC), and IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing (TMC), book and book chapters. He spoke at various technical security conferences including Black Hat 2009 and 2014. His research has attracted widespread attention from Media such as CNN, WIRED, Yahoo, Forbes, CNBC and CCTV.

Senor Personnel

Dr. Benyuan Liu is an Associate Professor. His main research interests are in the area of application, algorithm design and performance analysis of various computer networking technologies. He has published in premium computer networking conferences such as ACM Mobicom, ACM Mobihoc and IEEE Infocom, and journals such as IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (ToN), IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications (J-SAC), Computer Networks, and Performance Evaluation. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), DARPA, and Microsoft Research. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award.

Dr. Cindy Chen is an Associate Professor and her research interests include spatio-temporal databases, data mining, social networks, cloud computing and big data, etc. She has been publishing at premium database and data mining conferences including SIGMOD, ICDE and journals including ACM Transactions on Database Systems and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE).

Dr. Yu Cao is an Assistant Professor and his research expertise is in biomedical informatics and intelligent systems. He has published extensively in some of prestigious peer-reviewed conferences and journals in the area of medical image/video analysis and retrieval, computer-aided clinical decision support and healthcare quality control, network computing platform for biomedical information system, and wireless body sensor networks.

Dr. Sirong Lin, Ph.D. received her Master and PhD degrees in Computer Science at Virginia Tech. Her doctoral research examined the pedagogy of parallel thinking by teaching Computer Science students to model coordination of parallel human activities explicitly. Upon finishing her doctoral degree, Lin worked in IT industry for several years as user-interaction designer and software engineer. The passion in sharing her knowledge and expertise with students had led her into pursuing a teaching career in higher education. She recently joined UMass Lowell as a full-time Lecturer in Computer Science Department. She teaches introductory CS courses and enjoys working with her students. Her research interests are Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science Education, and Computer Supported Collaborative Learning.


Dr. Jill Lohmeier (Associate Professor of Education at UML) will serve as the independent evaluator for our REU program. She has extensive experiences (30+ years) in education assessment and evaluation. She will work with the rest of the REU team to identify key goals and objectives, determine the performance indicators and raw data to be collected, supervise the collection of evaluation data by graduate student or project staff, develop rubrics, and apply systematic evaluation methodologies to process data for reporting. Prof. Lohmeier's team will also make suggestions for improvements at the end of each year. The PI and the team will work together with the evaluator to refine the plan for the next year. At the end of the final year of the program, the team will conduct a comparative study of yearly results and identify the areas that were successful in enhancing REU student experiences and areas that still need further improvements.