Hi, I'm Raymond
Huahong Tu
My mission is to make an impact to our society through cybersecurity research and education.
I accepted a position as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park starting in Jan 2018. I will serve as a research educator and lead the Capital One Machine Learning FIRE innovation and research stream focused on the Computer Science practices of machine learning, data analytics, and cybersecurity.
This is what I do
Research and Development
My current research focuses on using cybersecurity techniques to solve the telephone spam, scam, and phishing problem. Telephone spam, including scam, phishing, robocall, and telemarketing, has become an increasingly prevalent issue worldwide. Today, solutions primarily rely on blacklists of known scam numbers do not work effectively on spam calls when the caller ID has been spoofed. My recent development proposed a novel approach to address the weaknesses of the caller ID transmission scheme such that the caller ID would be verified before transmission. This allows effective and immediate blocking of spoofed phone numbers and helps to ensure the communication is trusted. We developed a proof-of-concept prototype based on out-of-band transmission and we seek industry partnerships to make this work on all Public Switched Telephone Network devices.
Research and Teaching Interests
Cybersecurity, network security, web security, information security, social engineering, communication protocols, authentication schemes, identity management, cybercrime analytics, adversarial machine learning, systems engineering.
Software and Hacks
I also like to work on various software and coding projects. I like to build on web, mobile, and service frameworks.
This is what I've done
Toward Standardization of Authenticated Caller ID Transmission
Huahong Tu, Adam Doupé, Ziming Zhao, Gail-Joon Ahn
IEEE Communications Standards Magazine, September 2017 Issue.
IEEE Communications Society
(paper) (bibtex)
Toward Authenticated Caller ID Transmission: The Need for a Standardized Authentication Scheme in Q.731.3 Calling Line Identification Presentation
Huahong Tu, Adam Doupé, Ziming Zhao, Gail-Joon Ahn
Proceedings of the ITU Kaleidoscope 2016 - ICTs for a Sustainable World, Nov 2016.
ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T)
Best Paper Award, Young Author Recognition Award
(paper) (slides) (bibtex)
SoK: Everyone Hates Robocalls: A Survey of Techniques against Telephone Spam
Huahong Tu, Adam Doupé, Ziming Zhao, Gail-Joon Ahn
Proceedings of the 37th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, May 2016.
IEEE Computer Society
(paper) (slides) (video) (bibtex)
Systems and methods for authenticating caller identity and call request header information for outbound telephony communications
Huahong Tu, Adam Doupé, Ziming Zhao, Gail-Joon Ahn
US patent application number 62/308,105, Mar 2016
Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE)
(publication) (license info)
The FCC Robocall Proceeding: International Insularity
by Anthony Rutkowski, CircleID, Oct. 30, 2017
How you can stop those annoying robocalls
by Steve Sbraccia, CBS WNCN, Aug. 15, 2017
ASU team tests ‘green padlock’ solution to scam phone calls
by Derek Staahl, 3TV and CBS 5, Jun. 19, 2017
Robocall ringing your cellphone? Here's what not to do
by Ian Schwartz, 3TV and CBS 5, Mar. 09, 2017
How the FCC, the telecom industry and computer programmers are working to fight robocalls
by AirTalk hosted by Larry Mantle, 89.3 KPCC (Southern California NPR), Oct. 19, 2016
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