Information and network security, trustworthy AI, blockchain, security and privacy in networked information systems, Internet of Things (IoT), and cyber-physical systems (CPS).
Wenjing Lou is the W.C. English Endowed Professor of Computer Science and a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering by courtesy at Virginia Tech.
She has been an IEEE Fellow since 2015. At Virginia Tech, she was honored the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence, the highest university-level faculty research award, in 2018. She received the College of Engineering Dean’s Award on Research Excellence in 2015, and was named College of Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2014. Lou is a highly cited researcher and received the INFOCOM Test-of-Time paper award in 2020 and several best paper awards from IEEE and ACM conferences, including IEEE INFOCOM, ACM ASIACCS, and IEEE MILCOM.
Lou is currently on the editorial boards of IEEE Transaction on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC). She founded the IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (IEEE CNS), which is a conference series in IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) core conference portfolio and the only ComSoc conference focusing solely on cybersecurity, and served as its inaugural steering committee chair from 2013 to 2020. She is a steering committee member of IEEE INFOCOM conference and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. She is a past editor for ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking (ToN), IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), Journal of Computer Security (JCS), IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Elsevier Computer Networks, and Springer Wireless Networks. She has chaired the technical program committee for a number of conferences, workshops, and symposia, including IEEE INFOCOM 2019 and ACM WiSec 2020.
Lou served as a program director at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) from August 2014 to August 2017. At NSF, her responsibilities included the Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program, a core program of the Computer and Network Systems (CNS) division within the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE), and the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, a cross-cutting security program led by CISE/CNS.
Lou holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida.