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Ming Li
Professor, IEEE Fellow
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science (By Courtesy)
The University of Arizona
Email: lim@email.arizona.edu

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About Me

Ming Li is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds a courtesy appointment at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Arizona. He was an associate professor from 2015 - 2024. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, he was an Assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Utah State University from 2011 to 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA.

Prof. Li’s primary research interests are in general areas of Wireless and Cyber Security, with current emphases on wireless network modeling and optimization, wireless and spectrum security, privacy-preserving data analytics, and cyber-physical system security. He is particularly interested in exploring new performance limits and increasing security of wireless networks by exploiting advances at the physical layer, and designing novel cryptographic protocols to protect people’s privacy in the big data era. He is always interested in problems that have potential real-world impact, solutions that are simple but based on solid mathematical foundations, and tries to bridge theory and practice.

Awards and Honors

  • IEEE Fellow, class of 2024, for contributions to information and network security
  • ENGR Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentor Award, College of Engineering, University of Arizona, 2023
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE SafeThings 2022 Workshop
  • Best Poster Award, ACM WiSec 2022 Posters
  • GM Security AutoDriving Security Award, AutoSec 2022 Workshop
  • Craig M. Berge Dean's Faculty Fellowship, College of Engineering, University of Arizona, 2020-2023
  • Best Paper Award, ACM WiSec 2020
  • Distinguished Scholars Award, University of Arizona, 2019
  • Distinguished TPC member of IEEE Infocom 2018, 2020
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (YIP), 2016
  • CCC Blue Sky Ideas Award for Best Vision Papers, ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP), 2015
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2014
  • Distinguished Paper Award, ACM ASIACCS 2013
  • USU CS Faculty Research Award, 2013

Publications [By Date] [By Area]  

Professional Activities

Journal Editorship

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS), Dec. 2023 - Present
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC), Aug. 2019 - Aug. 2023
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), Mar. 2019– Mar. 2023
  • Editor, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (TWC), Nov. 2016 – Nov. 2021
  • Editor, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters (WCL), Feb. 2015 – Oct. 2017
  • Editor, KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, Jan. 2013 – Mar. 2015

Conference Organizing Committee

  • TPC Co-Chair for IEEE CNS 2022
  • Lightening Talks Chair, VehicleSec 2023-2024
  • TPC Track Co-Chair for IEEE CCNC 2020, Security, Privacy and Content Protection Track
  • Workshops Co-Chair for IEEE CNS 2019
  • TPC Symposium Co-Chair for IEEE ICC 2018, Communications and Information System Security Symposium
  • TPC Co-Chair, 14th International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob 2018)
  • TPC Vice-Chair for Information Systems, IEEE INFOCOM 2017
  • TPC Co-Chair, “Communications and Networking” track, International Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets) 2015
  • TPC Co-Chair, Cyberspace Safety Track, the 6th International Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security (CSS 2014)
  • TPC Co-Chair, Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust Track, the 7th International Conference on Broadband, Wireless Computing, Communication and Applications (BWCCA 2012)
  • Student Travel Grants Co-Chair, the 34th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2015)
  • Publicity Co-Chair, The 8th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec 2015)
  • Publications Co-Chair, IEEE INFOCOM 2017, 2018
  • Publications Chair, The 2nd IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS 2014)
  • Web Chair, IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS) 2013, 2015

Conference Program Committee (Selected)


  • Fellow of IEEE, and member of ACM
  • NSF Panelist, 2012-2015, 2017-2018, 2021-2022
  • Chair of IEEE ComSoc Tucson Chapter, 2016-2021
  • USENIX Campus Representative, USU, 2012 – 2015