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Full name: 
Frank Li
Job title: 
Assistant Professor
Technical Interest Groups: Computer Systems and Software
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Frank Li joined the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant professor in Fall 2020. His research interests span network and software security, Internet measurements, and human factors in security, with a particular focus on improving security operations in practice. This work has led to top-tier conference publications, as well as Best Paper Awards at the ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC’14) and the USENIX Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS’19).

Before joining the Georgia Tech ECE faculty, he currently serves as a Visiting Researcher at Facebook. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley (2019) and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT (2013). During his graduate studies, he was supported by NSF GRFP and NDSEG fellowships, and received the Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. He hails originally from Minnesota and remains an ardent (yet often disappointed) fan of the Vikings and Timberwolves.

Research interests: 
  • Network Security
  • Internet Measurements
  • Usable Security / Human Factors in Security
  • Software Security
  • Distinguished Paper Award at the USENIX Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), 2019
  • Best Paper Award at the ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), 2014
  • Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, 2016
  • NSF GRFP and NDSEG Fellowships, 2013

Frank Li, Lisa Rogers, Arunesh Mathur, Nathan Malkin, and Marshini Chetty. “Keepers of the Machines: Examining How System Administrators Manage Software Updates For Multiple Machines.” Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), 2019. Distinguished Paper Award.

Austin Murdock, Frank Li, Paul Bramsen, Zakir Durumeric, and Vern Paxson. “Target Generation for Internet-Wide IPv6 Scanning.” ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), 2017.

Frank Li and Vern Paxson. “A Large-Scale Empirical Study of Security Patches.” ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2017.

Kurt Thomas, Frank Li, Ali Zand, Jake Barrett, Juri Ranieri, Eric Severance, Luca Invernizzi, Yarik Markov, Oxana Comanescu, Vijay Eranti, Angelika Moscicki, Dan Margolis, Vern Paxson, and Elie Bursztein. “Data Breaches, Phishing, or Malware? Understanding the Risks of Stolen Credentials.” ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2017.

Frank Li, Zakir Durumeric, Jakub Czyz, Mohammad Karami, Damon McCoy, Stefan Savage, Michael Bailey, and Vern Paxson. “You've Got Vulnerability: Exploring Effective Vulnerability Notifications.” USENIX Security Symposium, 2016.

Frank Li, Grant Ho, Eric Kuan, Yuan Niu, Lucas Ballard, Kurt Thomas, Elie Bursztein and Vern Paxson. “Remedying Web Hijacking: Notification Effectiveness and Webmaster Comprehension.” World Wide Web Conference (WWW), 2016.

Zakir Durumeric*, Frank Li*, James Kasten, Nicholas Weaver, Johanna Amann, Jethro Beekman, Mathias Payer, David Adrian, Vern Paxson, Michael Bailey, and J. Alex Halderman. “The Matter of Heartbleed.” ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), 2014. Best Paper Award.

Last revised September 15, 2020

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