Sherman S. M. Chow


BEng, MPhil (HKU), MS, PhD (NYU)
[Scholar | Official]

joined the Department of Information Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in November 2012, and received the Early Career Award 2013/14 by the Hong Kong Research Grant Council.

Before CUHK, he was a research fellow at Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo, a position he commenced after receiving his Ph.D. degree from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. He interned at NTT Research and Development (Tokyo), Microsoft Research (Redmond) and Fuji Xerox Palo Alto Laboratory, and has made research visits to Friedrich-Alexander-U., U. Maryland, U. Calgary, U. Texas, HKU, MIT, Academia Sinica, and Queensland University of Technology. He has published in major conferences such as CCS, EUROCRYPT, ITCS, NDSS, and Usenix Security.

He serves on the program committees of 160+ international conferences/workshops on cryptography, security, privacy, network, cloud, fintech, access control, IoT, PKI, and forensics, including AsiaCrypt 2017, '16, '15, '14, '13, '12, AsiaCCS 2018, '17, '16, '15, '14, '13, ESORICS 2018, '17, '16, '14, '13, ICDCS 2016, '15, Infocom 2019, '18 (Distinguished TPC), '17, '16, '15, TheWeb 2019, PETS 2018, SACMAT 2017, '16, Financial Crypt. 2015, '13, PKC 2015, ACM CCS 2014, etc.

This year, he is serving as a program co-chair of Workshop on Blockchain and Sharing Economy Applications (BlockSEA), co-located with IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) 2018.
(All submissions are eligible for the Best Paper Award with a monetary prize.)

He has served as a program co-chair of CANS '17 (proceedings), Security in Cloud Computing '15 ProvSec '14, and ISC '14
The full list of PC duties during '10-'19 can be found at here.

He serves on the editorial boards of
also as a lead guest-editor of
He is an LSCM Expert Review Panel member (Jan '15 to Dec '18),
and a founding member of IEEE SMC's blockchain technical committee.

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Research Areas: Cryptography, Cyber Security, Privacy, Theoretical Computer Science and Communications

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CSCI5590 Advances in Blockchain (Spring 2019) co-teach with Eric Lo of CSE

ENGG 5383 Applied Cryptography (Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013)

Consider you are confessing your love, how can you sign a love letter such that only your crush knows it is from you, yet no one else will be convinced? Cryptography can help achieving these seemingly conflicting goals. It is not just about ensuring you are browsing a legitimate shopping website and no one else can see your credit card number. It is an inter-disciplinary subject with applications ranging from secure routing to anonymous reputation system. You will understand the magic under the hood of currently deployed systems. Special topics include privacy-enhancing cryptography and searchable encryption.

IERG 4220 Secure Software Engineering (Springer 2018, Spring 2017)

IERG 4130 or ESTR 4306 Intro. to Cyber Security (Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2013)

IERG 5310 Security & Privacy in Cyber Systems (Spring 2015)
This course discusses the design and realization of security and privacy services in practical large-scale systems.

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Additional cyber security services/applications such as will also be covered.

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People from different background can do different research in cryptography.

Also check this and that list of papers which will be the potential projects for students in my crypto class.
So, you must have found something interesting :)

Topics in Cryptography

Conferences/Journals in Cryptography (for ref. only)