About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate and graduate research/teaching assistant at University of South Florida. I’m privileged to be advised by Dr. Xinming (Simon) Ou and honored to be a member of the Argus Cybersecurity Research Group.

I was a third-year Ph.D. candidate from Kansas State University in the Computing and Information Sciences Department. I have moved to Tampa, FL to follow my advisor, Dr. Xinming (Simon) Ou in continuing my Ph.D. studies at USF since August 2015.


My primary research areas are system security and cyber security. Currently my main focus is on securing Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT) using a microkernel based Real-time Operating System. I’m working on a research founded by Department of Homeland Security Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSSEC) project.


Secure RTOS Architecture for Building Automation. Xiaolong Wang, Masaaki Mizuno, Mitch Neilsen, Xinming Ou, S. Raj Rajagopalan, Will G. Baldwin, Bryan Phillips. In ACM CCS 2015 Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Privacy (CPS-SPC 2015), Denver, CO, USA, Oct 16, 2015.

Enhanced Security of Building Automation Systems Through Microkernel-Based Controller Platforms. Xiaolong Wang, Richard Habeeb, Xinming Ou, Siddharth Amaravadi, John Hatcliff, Masaaki Mizuno, Mitchell Neilsen, S. Raj Rajagopalan, Srivatsan Varadarajan. The second IEEE International workshop on Communication, Computing, and Networking in Cyber Physical Systems (CCNCPS 2017), Atlanta, GA, USA, 2017.

Primary Instructor

Together with Dr. Xinming (Simon) Ou and Alexandru G. Bardas at Kansas State University

  • Summer 2014: CIS490 - Cyber Defense Basic I for SMASH Program 2014 at Kansas State University
  • Spring 2015: CIS490 - Cyber Defense Basic I at Kansas State University

Teaching Assistance

  • Spring 2014: CIS490 - Cyber Defense Basic I at Kansas State University
  • Fall 2014: CIS490 - Cyber Defense Basic I at Kansas State University
  • Fall 2015: CIS4930/6930 [System Security] (http://www.cse.usf.edu/~xou/sec/) at University of South Florida





“The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.”Gustave Flaubert