The KUPS Group

Welcome to KU Privacy and Security (KUPS) Group, which is part of the Information Assurance Laboratory (IAL) of the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC) at the University of Kansas. We study privacy and security problems in information systems and networks that deal with large-scale information collection, distribution, sharing and analysis.

Current Members

  • Sana Awan (PhD candidate, Fall 2017)
  • Krushi B. Patel (PhD student, Fall 2018, co-advise with Prof. Richard Wang)
  • Zeyan Liu (PhD student, Fall 2019, co-advise with Prof. Bo Luo)
  • Zhaohui Wang (PhD student, Fall 2019, co-advise with Prof. Bo Luo)
  • Ye Wang (PhD student, Spring 2020)
  • Pramil Paudel (PhD student, Fall 2020)
  • Sumit Bhattarai (PhD student, Fall 2020)
  • Liangqin Ren (PhD student, Fall 2021)
  • Rui Chen (MS student, Fall 2020)
  • Regan Janssen (MS student, Fall 2021)
  • Jordan Love (Undergraduate student)


  • Hao Xue (PhD 2019), now in Coursera. (Thesis: "Trust and Credibility in Online Social Networks")
  • Lei Yang (PhD 2017), now in Amazon. (Thesis: "Security and Privacy in the Internet of Things")
  • Pegah Nokhiz (MS 2017), now a PhD student at University of Utah. (Thesis: "Understanding Moral Foundations in Social Networks")
  • Rohit Banerjee (MS 2016), now in Cerner. (Project: "Extraction and Analysis of Amazon Reviews")
  • Manogna Bheemineni (MS 2016). (Project: "Implementation and Comparison of FSA Filters")
  • Sambhav Deep Sethia (MS 2015), now in Cerner. (Project: "Sentiment Analysis on Wikipedia People Pages using Enhanced Naive Bayes")
  • Palghat Viswanath Srinivas (MS 2013). (Project: "Social Network Aggregator")
  • Rudy Christopher (Undergraduate McNair Scholar 2013)

Visiting Scholars

  • Wenqiang Li (March 2020 - Jan. 2021), PhD student, School of Cyber Security, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  • Dr. Chengliang Tian (Jan.-Dec. 2019), Assistant Professor, College of Computer Science and Technology, Qingdao University.
  • Dr. Kim-Fung Tsang (Jan.-Jun. 2016), Associate Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering, the City University of Hong Kong.