Zhen Zeng

Zhen Zeng

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science

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Dr. Zeng’s general research interest lies in effectively securing distributed systems, networks, and cloud environments. She is interested in cloud security, network security, AI for cybersecurity, and the integration of cybersecurity and computer science education. She has served on the technical program committee and the organization committee for conferences and workshops on cloud computing and cybersecurity. She has worked in the high-tech industry focusing on power management and cloud computing services for years and looks forward to interdisciplinary research collaborations.


  • PhD, Computer Science, Arizona State University, 2022
  • MS, Technology Leadership and Innovation, Purdue University, 2014
  • BS, Telecommunication Engineering, Xidian University, 2005

Research Interests

  • Cybersecurity
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Distributed System
  • Cloud Networking
  • Software-defined Networking
  • Cybersecurity Education

Selected Publications

  • Zeng, Z., Huang, D., Xue, G., Deng, Y., Vadnere, N. and Xie, L., 2023. ILLATION: Improving Vulnerability Risk Prioritization By Learning From Network. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC).
  • Zeng, Z., Chung, C. J., & Xie, L. 2022, April. Security Challenges for Modern Data Centers with IoT: A Preliminary Study. In Companion Proceedings of the Web Conference 2022.
  • Zeng, Z., Yang, Z., Huang, D., & Chung, C. J. 2021. LICALITY—Likelihood and Criticality: Vulnerability Risk Prioritization Through Logical Reasoning and Deep Learning. IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM).
  • Deng, Y., Zeng, Z., & Huang, D. 2021, June. Neocyberkg: Enhancing cybersecurity laboratories with a machine learning-enabled knowledge graph. In Proceedings of the 26th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE).
  • Zeng, Z., Deng, Y., Hsiao, I., Huang, D., & Chung, C. J. 2018, October. Improving student learning performance in a virtual hands-on lab system in cybersecurity education. In 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE).
  • Deng, Y., Lu, D., Chung, C. J., Huang, D., & Zeng, Z. 2018, October. Personalized learning in a virtual hands-on lab platform for computer science education. In 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE).
  • Zeng, Z., Deng, Y., Hsiao, S., Huang, D., & Chung, C. J. 2018, February. Conceptualizing Student Engagement in Virtual Hands-on Lab: Preliminary Findings from a Computer Network Security Course. In Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE).