Invitational Workshop on Foundations and Challenges for Proactive and Dynamic Network Defense

Basic Info:

Emerging proactive and dynamic defense mechanisms have shown great promises to provide effective defense in some network systems and applications. They are increasingly gaining interest in the research community. However, these approaches are still in their preliminary design stage with major research challenges yet to be solved.

The invitational workshop is to gather top network/security researchers from the academia and government agencies to discuss and summarize current research issues, identify challenges, brainstorm potential solutions, and outline important future directions for proactive and dynamic defense with applications in various networked systems.

The workshop is supported by Army Research Office and hosted by College of Engineering, University of South Florida.

City: Tampa FL       Time: 11/30/2017 - 12/1/2017

Workshop Location:

Embassy Suites Tampa - USF/Near Busch Gardens

3705 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa, Florida, 33612.

Organization Committees:

Workshop Program:

- Cliff Wang, Army Research Office
- Zhuo Lu, University of South Florida

Local Arrangement:

- Yao Liu, University of South Florida

Research Topics/Themes:

1) Theoretical aspects: performance modeling, optimization, control, metrics, limits, and tradeoffs, ...
2) Practical aspects: system design, deployment cost, usability, evaluation of effectiveness, ...
3) Defining proactive defense frameworks for networked systems (MTD, cyber deception, or something going beyond)
4) Defining adversarial models against dynamic and proactive defense
5) Data and information engineering/analytics involved in proactive defense
6) Proactive defense in wireless networks, dynamic spectrum applications, mobile systems, ...
7) Novel applications in emerging systems (CPS, industrial control, IoT, ...)
8) Application domains of being dynamic and proactive, when/where to use in comparison with reactive defense.
9) More to go......

Workshop Schedule: Download Here

Slides Download:

Presentation Session: Yier Jin, Jie Xu

Panel 1: K.C. Chen, Marwan Krunz, Wenjing Lou, Aziz Mohaisen (Summary)

Panel 2: Ness Shroff, Guevara Noubir, Radha Poovendran, Jie Wu, Shouhuai Xu (Summary)

Discussion Table Summaries: Table 1, Table 2, Table 3, Table 4

Workshop Attendees (in alphabetical order by last name)

- Rakesh Bobba, Oregon State University
- Alvaro Cardenas, UT Dallas
- Kwang-Cheng Chen, University of South Florida
- Yingying (Jennifer) Chen, Rutgers University
- Marwan Krunz, University of Arizona
- Ming Li, University of Arizona
- Yao Liu, University of South Florida
- Wenjing Lou, Virginia Tech
- Zhuo Lu, University of South Florida
- Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern University
- Aziz Mohaisen, University of Central Florida
- Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University
- Xinming (Simon) Ou, University of South Florida
- Radha Poovendran, University of Washington
- Ness Shroff, Ohio State University
- Kun Sun, George Mason University
- Kyriakos Vamvoudakis, Virginia Tech
- Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, Vanderbilt University
- Cliff Wang, Army Research Office
- Wenye Wang, North Carolina State University
- Jie Wu, Temple University
- Guoliang (Larry) Xue, Arizona State University
- Jie Xu, University of Miami
- Shouhuai Xu, UT San Antonio
- Yanchao Zhang, Arizona State University

Travel Instructions:

1. Travel Arrangement and Compliance

  • USF guests must comply with Florida state statute 112.061 which calls for use of the most efficient and economical means of travels. Please see the Travel Compliance form for information about travel compliance.
  • Travel Notes:
    • Flight: The major airpot at Tampa is Tampa International Airport (TPA). Please use your preferred booking website to purchase your round trip tickets. If the total airfare exceeds $500, the travel compliance requires "providing screen shots of comparable flight cost data from other carriers that match the traveler's itinerary to demonstrate airfare selected was most economical". Seat selection fees or costs for seat upgrades are however not reimbursable. More information can be found in the Travel Compliance form.
    • Hotel accommodation: For each workshop attendee, we will directly reserve one suite room for two nights (11/29 and 11/30) at the workshop location, Embassy Suites Tampa - USF/Near Busch Gardens. The hotel bill will directly go to USF. Upon checking in, the hotel may ask for your credit card information only for the accidental purpose. If you may need to extend your stay, please let us know as soon as possible.

2. Reimbursement Forms

  • Please complete the top portion (Non-Employee Traveler Information) of Non-Employee Profile Creation Request Form.
  • Please enter the following information on the Travel Authorization Request Form.
    • Name
    • Phone
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    • Current Mailing Address
    • Travel Start and End Dates
    • Your Departure City
    • NOTE: Some estimated expenses have already been entered on the form. They are just estimates for the pre-travel authorization purpose in the USF system. You will be reimbursed based on submitted receipts.
  • Please email the two completed forms with title "ARO Workshop Attendee Travel Forms - [YourName]" to Ms. Becky Brenner (, who will enter your information in the USF system for the reimbursement purpose.