Dr. Xin Sun

Dr. Xin Sun

<b>Department: </b>Computer Science<br><b>Research Area: </b> Internet security & privacy issues, networked applications, and emerging technologies

Department: Computer Science

Research Focus: I am interested in all aspects of the Internet, including security & privacy issues, networked applications, and emerging technologies.

Potential Student Project(s): One potential project is to explore the hardware and software interface of software-defined networking (SDN). SDN is an emerging & transformative networking technology that increasingly empowers many data centers, carriers, and enterprises around the globe. SDN hardware will be provided for this project that students can research on.

Another potential project is to explore/demystify the cutting-edge blockchain technology; to understand how it works, what it may be used for, security and privacy issues associated with it, and its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) complications. 

Attributes/skills/background sought in undergraduate:

  • Able to read technical literature
  • Able to write technical reports
  • Able to do high-school level math
  • Programming background is a plus but not required

Mentoring Plan: I plan to work closely with the student researchers. The student will work on this project for 5 hours each week including one hour of 1-on-1 interaction with me. I will provide guidance in terms of the overall research direction; students will have the freedom to choose specific topics that interest them the most. I will suggest technical literature for students to read, have discussion/brainstorm sessions with them, and provide in-time feedback; depending on students background, we may also have code review sessions. I expect that the research projects will produce new understandings of some of today's cutting-edge technologies that will benefit the broader community.

Contact: 765-285-8655, RB 444