Vir V. Phoba

Vir V. Phoha

Professor

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Degree:

  • Ph.D. Texas Tech University

Research Interests:

  • Cyber Security – Cyber offense and defense
  • Machine Learning
  • Smart phones and tablets security
  • Biometrics — network based and standalone

Current Research:
My focus is to do original research that cuts across conventional rigorously defined disciplines and unifies basic and common concepts across disciplines. In particular, my research centers around security (malignant systems, active authentication, for example touch based authentication on mobile devices) and machine learning (decision trees, statistical, and evolutionary methods) with a focus on large time series data streams and static data sets, and computer networks (anomalies, optimization). I am also using these methods to build field realizable defensive and offensive Cyber-based systems.

Courses Taught:

  • Security and Machine learning
  • Research Methods

Honors:

  • ACM Distinguished Scientist (elected 2008)
  • ACM Distinguished Speaker (2012-2015)
  • SDPS Fellow (elected 2010)

Selected Publications:

A. Serwadda and V. V. Phoha, “When Mice devour the Elephants: A DDoS attack against size-based scheduling schemes in the internet,” Computers & Security, vol. 53, pp. 31 – 43, September 2015.

D. G. Brizan, A. Goodkind, P. Koch, K. Balagani, V. V. Phoha, and A. Rosenberg, “Utilizing linguistically enhanced keystroke dynamics to predict typist cognition and demographics,” International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, vol. 82, pp. 57 – 68, October 2015.

A. Serwadda, V. Phoha, S. Poudel, L. Hirshfield, D. Bandara, S. Bratt, et al., “fNIRS: A New Modality for Brain Activity-Based Biometric Authentication,” in The IEEE Seventh International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS 2015), Washington, DC, 2015.

A. Primo and V. V. Phoha, “Music and Images as Contexts in a Context-Aware Touch-based Authentication System,” in The IEEE Seventh International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS 2015), Washington, DC, 2015.

R. Kumar, V. V. Phoha, and A. Jain, “Treadmill Attack on Gait-based Authentication Systems,” in The IEEE Seventh International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS 2015), Washington, DC, 2015.

D. Shukla, R. Kumar, A. Serwadda, V. Phoha, “Beware, your hands reveal your secret,” ACM CCS 2014, Nov 4-7, 2014, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.