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Saman Zonouz
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Associate Professor
Technical Interest Groups: Computer Systems and Software
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Saman is an Associate Professor with joint appointments in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Cybersecurity and Privacy (SCP). Saman joined Georgia Tech in 2022 after eight years at Rutgers University, and three years at the University of Miami. Saman’s research focuses on security and privacy problems in cyber-physical systems such as critical infrastructures. Saman obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2011, and his B.Sc. from Sharif Institute of Technology in 2006. He is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and Significant Research in Cyber Security by the National Security Agency (NSA). In sports, he has completed several triathlons (Escape-to-Miami, ITU San Diego, and HITS Triathlon) and has qualified to USTA Nationals Tennis Competitions in Las Vegas. Saman loves research collaborations on multidisciplinary topics, teaching and interacting with students, and hitting tennis or team runs.

Research interests: 
  • Cyber-physical and embedded systems security 
  • Attack detection and response capabilities 
  • Binary analysis and reverse engineering 
  • Physics-aware software security analysis
  • Critical infrastructures and programmable controllers 
  • Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by the United States President
  • NSF CAREER Award in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
  • Significant Research in Cyber Security by the National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Faculty Fellowship Award by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
  • Google Hall of Fame Security Award

Liang, Sizhuang, Xirui Peng, H. Jerry Qi, Saman Zonouz, and Raheem Beyah. "A Practical Side-Channel Based Intrusion Detection System for Additive Manufacturing Systems." In IEEE 41st International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS). 2021.


Kim, Taegyu, Aolin Ding, Sriharsha Etigowni, Pengfei Sun, Jizhou Chen, Luis Garcia, Saman Zonouz, Dongyan Xu, and Dave Tian. "Reverse engineering and retrofitting robotic aerial vehicle control firmware using dispatch." In Proceedings of the 20th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (MobiSys). 2022.

Han, Yi, Matthew Chan, Zahra Aref, Nils Ole Tippenhauer, and Saman Zonouz. "Hiding in Plain Sight? On the Efficacy of Power Side Channel-Based Control Flow Monitoring." In Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security). 2022.

Liang, Sizhuang, Saman Zonouz, and Raheem Beyah. "Hiding My Real Self! Protecting Intellectual Property in Additive Manufacturing Systems Against Optical Side-Channel Attacks." In Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS). 2022.

Sui, Yang, Miao Yin, Yi Xie, Huy Phan, Saman Aliari Zonouz, and Bo Yuan. "CHIP: CHannel independence-based pruning for compact neural networks." Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS). 2021.

Etigowni, Sriharsha, Sizhuang Liang, Saman Zonouz, and Raheem Beyah. "Physics-Aware Security Monitoring against Structural Integrity Attacks in 3D Printers." In 51st Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN). 2021.

Adepu, Sridhar, Ferdinand Brasser, Luis Garcia, Michael Rodler, Lucas Davi, Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, and Saman Zonouz. "Control behavior integrity for distributed cyber-physical systems." In 2020 ACM/IEEE 11th International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS). 2020.

Sun, Pengfei, Luis Garcia, and Saman Zonouz. "Tell me more than just assembly! reversing cyber-physical execution semantics of embedded iot controller software binaries." In 49th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN). 2019.

Zhang, Mingbo and Saman Zonouz. "A Mitigation for Kernel Time-of-Check to Time-of-Use (TOCTOU) Vulnerabilities." Blackhat. 2018.

Han, Yi, Sriharsha Etigowni, Hua Liu, Saman Zonouz, and Athina Petropulu. "Watch me, but don't touch me! contactless control flow monitoring via electromagnetic emanations." In Proceedings of the ACM SIGSAC conference on computer and communications security (CCS). 2017.

Bayens, Christian, Tuan Le, Luis Garcia, Raheem Beyah, Mehdi Javanmard, and Saman Zonouz. "See no evil, hear no evil, feel no evil, print no evil? malicious fill patterns detection in additive manufacturing." In 26th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security). 2017.

McLaughlin, Stephen E., Saman Zonouz, Devin J. Pohly, and Patrick D. McDaniel. "A Trusted Safety Verifier for Process Controller Code." In Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS). 2014.

Zonouz Saman, Himanshu Khurana, William H. Sanders, and Timothy M. Yardley. "RRE: A game-theoretic intrusion response and recovery engine." IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS). 2013.

Last revised August 17, 2022