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Dr. Jun Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon, and directs the Network Security Research Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, in 2002, with honors (Outstanding Doctor of Philosophy). Prior to that, he received his M.E. degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1995 (with Presidential Scholarship), and his B.S. degree from the Peking University in 1992.
He is interested in networking, distributed systems, and their security. Currently he is researching Internet monitoring and forensics, social networking, cloud computing, new networking architectures, and various network security topics. He studies both direct countermeasures against network security attacks (including Internet worms, phishing, botnets, and sybil attacks) and fundamental security issues and solutions at the network architecture and protocol level (such as security for Internet routing, DNS, and peer-to-peer networking).
Dr. Jun Li is the recipient of the esteemed CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work entitled "A Behavior-Based Framework for Detecting Internet Worms." He is also the principal investigator of a research on distributed monitoring of unknown, self-propagating Internet worms, supported by a research gift from Intel.
He is now researching reliable monitoring of IP prefix hijacking and other prefix-level anomalies via a monitoring system called Buddyguard. He is also the principal investigator of the Internet Routing Forensics research that led to a tool called Internet Seismograph that estimates the impact on the global Internet from disruptive events.
Prof. Li has also been investigating a protocol that can be incrementally deployed on the Internet to enforce the IP source address validity of Internet packets. He is a principal designer of the SAVE protocol.
In an earlier work called mSSL (pronounced as "missile"), he designed the mSSL framework that extends SSL to secure and incentivize peer-to-peer data sharing among distrusted and selfish clients.
Since his dissertation research guided by Peter Reiher and Gerald Popek, Jun Li has been studying the large-scale dissemination of security updates over the Internet and developed Revere system. He also researched the security of distributed adaptation in open architecture, or more specifically in Conductor framework, with Mark Yarvis (now at Intel).
He has more than fourty peer-reviewed publications, including thirteen journal articles and a book as the first author, Disseminating Security Updates at Internet Scale (Kluwer Academic Publishers). He has also served more than 50 international technical program committees. He is a senior member of ACM and a senior member of IEEE.
He ascribes his every step forward to his family,
students, advisors, colleagues, friends, classmates,
and simply a tiny bit effort from himself,
and every step backward to himself and the unconquerable nature.