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Simon Woo is a Ph.D. candidate at USC/ISI supervised by Prof. Jelena Mirkovic. His current research interests include usable security, privacy protection, cloud computing, network security, and cybersecurity education.

He was a Member of Technical Staff for 9 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA. As a technologist, he conducted networking and cybersecurity research and development. He involved in network and protocol simulation for NASA Constellation Program and space time synchronization and QoS services development for NASA Deep Space Network. Prior to joining JPL in 2005, he interned at Entropic Communications in San Diego to evaluate the protocol performance. Also, he worked at Intel Corp.

He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering degree from Univ. of Washington, Seattle, M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from Univ. of California, San Diego, specializing in communication theory and systems under the supervision of Laurence B. Milstein, and M.S. in Computer Science degree from USC.

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  • Simon's reseach and work interests include but are not limited to Usable Security, Cloud computing, and Networking. His current research activities at USC/ISI are : 1) Cybersecurity Curriculum Development (sponsored by Intel Corp), 2) Multiple Public Cloud Resource Allocation, and 3) Usable Security: Novel User Authentication mechanism development.



    "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain


    Recent Publications

    2017

  • Simon S. Woo, "Computer Vision Attacks against 3D CAPTCHAs", The First International Workshop on The Bright and Dark Sides of Computer Vision: Challenges and Opportunities for Privacy and Security (CV-COPS2017) In conjunction with the IEEE CVPR 2017 , Honolulu, USA, July 2017.

  • Simon S. Woo, Jelena Mirkovic, Ron Artstein, and Elsi Kaiser, "Life-Experience Passwords (LEPs)", Usenix SOUPS 2017 (Invited Poster), Santa Clara, USA, July 2017.

  • 2016

  • Simon S. Woo and Jelena Mirkovic. "Improving Recall and Security of Passphrases Through Use of Mnemonics", Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Passwords (Passwords), Bochum, Germany, 2016 (pdf).

  • Simon S. Woo, Jelena Mirkovic, Elsi Kaiser, and Ron Artstein "Life Experience Passwords (LEPs)", The 32nd Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), Los Angeles, 2016 (Acceptance Rate 22.8%) (pdf)

  • Simon S. Woo, Zuyao Li, and Jelena Mirkovic, "Good Automatic Authentication Question Generation", The 9th SIGGEN International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG), Edinburgh, 2016 (pdf)

  • Simon S. Woo, Jingul Kim, Duoduo Yu, and Beomjun Kim, "Exploration of 3D Texture and Projection for New CAPTCHA Design", The 17th World Conference on Information Security Applications (WISA), Jeju, 2016 (Best Conference Paper) (pdf)

  • 2015

  • Simon S. Woo and Harsha Manjunatha, "Empirical Data Analysis on User Privacy and Sentiment in Personal Blogs", 2nd ACM SIGIR Workshop on Privacy-Preserving Information Retrieval, Chilie, 2015 (pdf)

  • Jelena Mirkovic, Aimee Tabor, Simon S. Woo, and Portia Pusey, "Engaging Novices in Cybersecurity Competitions: A Vision and Lessons Learned at ACM Tapia 2015", 2015 USENIX Summit on Gaming, Games, and Gamification in Security Education (3GSE), D.C, 2015 (pdf)



  • Projects

    Older Publications

    2014

  • Simon S. Woo and Jelena Mirkovic, "Optimal application allocation on multiple public clouds", Elsevier Computer Networks, February 2014. (pdf)

  • Simon S. Woo, Jelena Mikovic, Ron Artstein, and Elsi Kaiser, "Life-Experice Passwords", Who are you?! Adventures in Authentication: ACM SOUPS-WAY Workshop, 2014, Menlo Park, CA (pdf)

  • Simon S. Woo, and B. Kim, "3D Object CAPTCHA", Information Sciences Institute Graduate Student Symposium (ISI-GSS), Nov, 2014 (Best Student Paper)

  • Simon S. Woo, B. Kim, W. Jun, and J. Kim, "3DOC: 3D Object CAPTCHA", 23rd International World Wide Web (WWW) Conference, 2014 (Poster)

  • Simon S. Woo, Jelena Mirkovic, and Elsi Kaiser, "Life Experience-Passwords", Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium, Feb, 2014 (Poster)

  • 2011

  • Simon S. Woo, "Analysis of Proximity-1 Space Link Interleaved Time Synchronization Protocol", IEEE Globecom 2011, Houston, TX (Acceptance rate: 36%) (pdf)

  • 2010

  • E. Jennings, J. Segui, and Simon S. Woo, "MACHETE: A Protocol Evaluation Tool for Space- Based Networking Architecture and Simulation", AIAA SpaceOps 2010, Huntsville, AL (pdf)

  • Simon S. Woo, David Mills, and J. Gao, "Space Time Distribution and Synchronization Protocol Development for Mars Proximity Link", AIAA SpaceOps 2010 (Invited for Book Chapter) (pdf)

  • 2009

  • E. Jennings, R. Borgen, C. Chevalier, E. Wesley, Sam Nguyen, John Segui, Tudor Stoenescu, Shin-Ywan Wang, and Simon S. Woo, "Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Network Simulation Tool Development and Its Use Cases", AIAA, Modeling and Simulation Technologies (AIAA MST) Conference, 2009 (pdf)

  • Simon S. Woo and Tudor Stoenescu, "Efficient File Sharing by multicast - P2P protocol using network coding and rank based peer selection",IEEE 69th Vehicular Technology Conference (IEEE VTC) 2009-Spring, Barcelona, Spain, April, 2009 (pdf)

  • 2008

  • Esther H. Jennings, Sam P. Nguyen, Shin-Ywan Wang, and Simon S. Woo, "Interfacing Space Communications and Navigation Network Simulation with Distributed System Integration Laboratories (DSIL)", AIAA SpaceOps 2008 (pdf)

  • Simon S. Woo and Mike Cheng, "Prioritized LT codes", IEEE Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Princeton, NJ, March 2008. (pdf)

  • Simon S. Woo, Esther Jennings, and Loren Clare, "A Simulation Tool for ASCTA Microsensor Network Architecture", IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, March, 2008 (pdf)

  • 2007

  • Mike Cheng, Simon S. Woo, Kar-Ming Cheung, Sam Dolinar, and Jon Hamkins, "Improved In Situ Communications Using Network Coding", Research and Technology Development Poster session, (R&TD), Pasadena, Nov, 2007

  • 2006

  • Simon S. Woo and Jay Gao, "CFDP Performance Over Weather-Dependent Ka-Band Channel", AIAA SpaceOps 2006, Rome, Italy (pdf)

  • Inventions/Awarded New NASA Technology Report (NTR)

  • [N10] Autonomous Information Unit (AIU) (NTR #49106) for Distributed Access Control, Awarded on April 2013

  • [N9] Enhanced Precision Time Protocol (PTP) (NTR # 49000), Awarded on Feb, 2013

  • [N8] JPL Policy Based Network Management (PBM) Cybersecurity Testbed Design (NTR # 48963), Awarded on Dec, 2012

  • [N7] Autonomous Byte Stream Randomizer (NTR#48495), Awarded on Nov, 2011

  • [N6] Autonomous Information Unit (AIU) for the Policy-Based Adaptive Network (NTR#48224), Awarded on Sept, 2011

  • [N5] Software Modules for Proximity-1 Space Link Interleaved Time Synchronization (PITS), (NTR # 47404), Awarded on Sept, 2010

  • [N4] Time Synchronization and Distribution Mechanisms for Space Networks (NTR # 47403), Awarded on Nov, 2009

  • [N3] Space Communications and Navigation (ScaN) Network Simulation Tool (NTR#46896): the contributor for DSIL scenario, ScaN PHY model, and Link budget library interface development, Awarded on Feb, 2009

  • [N2] Prioritized LT Codes (NTR#46653) the primary contributor for developing Prioritized LT codes, Awarded on March, 2009

  • [N1] Simulation Tool for ASCTA Microsensor Network Architecture (STAMiNA) (NTR#45213): Key contributor for STAMiNA development, Awarded on June, 2007
  • Awarded NASA Software Copyrights/Licenses

  • [S-L6] Autonomous Information Unit (AIU) for Distributed Access Control, Feb, 2014

  • [S-L5] Enhanced Precision Time Protocol (PTP), Feb, 2014

  • [S-L4] JPL Policy Based Network Management (PBM) Cybersecurity Testbed Design, Feb, 2014

  • [S-L3] Autonomous Byte Stream Randomizer, Jan, 2012

  • [S-L2] Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Network Simulation Tool, April, 2009

  • [S-L1] Simulation Tool for ASCTA Microsensor Network Architecture (STAMiNA), August, 2007

  • NASA Tech Brief Awards

  • [TB6] Autonomous Byte Stream Randomizer, Awarded on July 2013

  • [TB5] Software Modules for Proximity-1 Space Link Interleaved Time Synchronization (PITS), Awarded on July, 2012

  • [TB4] Autonomous Information Unit (AIU) for Fine-Grain Data Access Control and Mission Data Protection in Net-Centric System Testing Environment, 2011

  • [TB3] Time Synchronization and Distribution Mechanisms for Space Networks (Space NTP), Dec 2011, http://www.techbriefs.com/ntb1211

  • [TB2] Prioritized Luby Transform (LT) Codes, 2011, http://www.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/9894

  • [TB1] Simulating Operation of a Complex Sensor Network, 2008, http://www.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/2703

  • Awards/Honors

  • Best Paper Award, World Conference on Information Security Applications (WISA), 2016

  • Best Student Paper Award at the ISI Graduate Research Symposium, sponsored by USC/ISI and Google, March. 2016

  • Best Student Paper Award at the ISI Graduate Research Symposium, sponsored by USC/ISI and Google, Nov. 2014

  • Best Student Poster Award at the ISI Graduate Research Symposium, sponsored by USC/ISI and Google, Nov. 2013

  • JPL Individual Spot Award, "For contributions leading to successful hiring and mentoring of five summer interns", 2012

  • JPL Team Bonus Award, "The JPL Policy-Based Network Management (PBNM) Team performed Superbly and successfully created a fundamentally novel and first-of-its-kind advanced Policy Management Technology", 2011

  • JPL Individual Spot Award for "Performance above and beyond the call of duty in preparation of the PBM Proposal", 2011

  • NASA Honor Award - Group Achievement Award for the SCIP System Engineering and Integration, "For outstanding contribution to the definition of NASA's Space Communication and Navigation Infrastructure required to support Constellation's Vision", 2010

  • NASA Tech Brief Awards, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012

  • NASA Software Award, 2008

  • Mary Gates Scholar, University of Washington, Seattle, 2002