Ruoxi Sun

Ruoxi Sun

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Computer Science

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


Ruoxi Sun is a PhD candidate of School of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide. His research focuses on the privacy and security of the Android platform, including the first comprehensive study on Android contact tracing applications and a black-box syntax inference approach to fuzzing IoT firmware and Android companion applications, which has resulted in several security vulnerabilities disclosures to vendors with resulting positive feedback as well as the removal of offending apps from the Google Play Store. 

His papers have been published in top international conferences, such as

  • CCS (ACM Flagship, CORE A*),
  • ICSE (IEEE/ACM Flagship, CORE A*),
  • SenSys (CORE A*),
  • ASE (CORE A*, CS Ranking Top),
  • and EASE (CORE A).

His work has been featured in the mainstream press, including

  • The Australian Financial Review,
  • The Courier,
  • The Canberra Times,
  • InnovationAus,
  • 7 News,
  • Securityweek,
  • Queen Mary University of London,
  • and EurekAlert! by AAAS.

He currently serves on the PC committee of

  • 14th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT),
  • and 5th IEEE Percom Workshop on Security, Privacy, and Trust in the Internet of Things (SPT-IoT),

and external PC committees of

  • ICSE 2021 (top conf in software engineering),
  • CCS 2021 (top conf in security),
  • and PETS 2021, 2022 (top conf in privacy).
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2022 Award Best Student Paper Award, Australasian Information Security Conference 2022 Australasian Information Security Conference 2022 Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 - 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia Master's
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Zhou, Y., Shi, Z., & Sun, R. (2022). Visualization and Attack Prevention for a Sensor-Based Agricultural Monitoring System. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, 84-90.
    DOI
    2022 Spencer, H., Wang, W., Sun, R., & Xue, M. (2022). Dissecting Malware in the Wild. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, 56-64.
    DOI
    2022 Crawford, M., Wang, W., Sun, R., & Xue, M. (2022). Statically Detecting Adversarial Malware through Randomised Chaining. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, 91-95.
    DOI
    2012 Zhou, S., Li, Y., Zhu, H., Sun, R., Zhang, Y., Huang, Y., . . . Fang, B. (2012). Preparation and infrared optical properties of W-V co-sputtered thermochromic thin films. Xiyou Jinshu Cailiao Yu Gongcheng/Rare Metal Materials and Engineering, 41(1), 143-147.
    Scopus5 WoS5
    2012 Huang, Y. Z., Li, Y., Wang, H. F., Yu, X. J., Zhang, H., Zhang, W., . . . Zhang, Y. M. (2012). Coherence collapse of the dual fiber Bragg grating external cavity semiconductor laser. Wuli Xuebao/Acta Physica Sinica, 61(1), 10 pages.
    Scopus1
    2012 Zhou, S., Li, Y., Zhu, H., Sun, R., Zhang, Y., Huang, Y., . . . Fang, B. (2012). Microstructures and thermochromic characteristics of low-cost vanadium-tungsten co-sputtered thin films. Surface and Coatings Technology, 206(11-12), 2922-2926.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS30
    2012 Zhang, Y., Li, Y., Sun, R., Zhou, S., Zhu, H., & Fang, B. (2012). Design and fabrication of ultraviolet diffractive microlens array. Guangxue Jishu/Optical Technique, 38(3), 263-267.
    DOI Scopus2
    2012 Sun, R. X., Li, Y., Zhou, S., Zhu, H. Q., Zhang, Y. M., Huang, Y. Z., . . . Fang, B. Y. (2012). Design and thermal characteristics analysis of power flexible LED packaging. Guangdianzi Jiguang/Journal of Optoelectronics Laser, 23(4), 637-643.
    Scopus1
    2011 Zhang, W., Li, Y., Zhang, H., Huang, Y. Z., Zhu, H. Q., & Sun, R. X. (2011). Ultraviolet diffractive microlens array design and fabrication. Shanghai Ligong Daxue Xuebao/Journal of University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, 33(2), 174-178.
    Scopus1
    2011 Huang, Y., Li, Y., Zhu, H., Tong, G., Zhang, H., Zhang, W., . . . Zheng, Q. (2011). Theoretical investigation into spectral characteristics of a semiconductor laser with dual-FBG external cavity. Optics Communications, 284(12), 2960-2965.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    2011 Zhu, H. Q., Li, Y., Zhou, S., Huang, Y. Z., Tong, G. X., Sun, R. X., . . . Fang, B. Y. (2011). Study on thermochromic properties of VO<inf>2</inf>/ZnO nanocrystalline composite films. Wuli Xuebao/Acta Physica Sinica, 60(9).
    Scopus8
    2011 Huang, Y., Li, Y., Wang, H., Yu, X., Zhang, H., Zhang, W., . . . Zhang, Y. (2011). Wavelength stabilization of a 980-nm semiconductor laser module stabilized with high-power uncooled dual FBG. Chinese Optics Letters, 9(3), 5 pages.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3
    2010 Zhu, H., Li, Y., Wang, H., Yu, X., Zhou, S., Huang, Y., . . . Zhang, Y. (2010). Infrared optical properties of thermochromic energy-saving thin films with nanostructure. Guangxue Xuebao/Acta Optica Sinica, 30(10), 2794-2799.
    DOI Scopus10
    Wang, W., Sun, R., Dong, T., Li, S., Xue, M., Tyson, G., & Zhu, H. (n.d.). Explaining and Measuring Functionalities of Malware Detectors.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2022 Zhang, K., Xi, X., Zhu, X., Sun, R., Xue, M., & Wen, S. (2022). Path Transitions Tell More: Optimizing Fuzzing Schedules via Runtime Program States. In IEEE/ACM 44th International Conference on Software Engineering. Pittsburgh, USA.
    2021 Feng, X., Sun, R., Zhu, X., Xue, M., Wen, S., Liu, D., . . . Xiang, Y. (2021). Snipuzz: Black-box Fuzzing of IoT Firmware via Message Snippet Inference. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (pp. 337-350). ACM.
    DOI Scopus3
    2021 Sun, R., Wang, W., Xue, M., Tyson, G., Camtepe, S., & Ranasinghe, D. C. (2021). An empirical assessment of global COVID-19 contact tracing applications. In Proceedings of the 43rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering: Companion Proceedings (ICSE-Companion 2021) (pp. 173-174). virtual online: IEEE.
    DOI Scopus4
    2020 Sun, R., & Xue, M. (2020). Quality assessment of online automated privacy policy generators: An empirical study. In Proceedings of the 24th Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE 2020) (pp. 270-275). New York: Association for Computing Machinery.
    DOI Scopus8
    2020 Wei, W., Sun, R., Xue, M., & Ranasinghe, D. (2020). An automated assessment of android clipboards. In Proceedings of the 35th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2020) (pp. 1249-1251). online: IEEE/ACM.
    DOI Scopus1
    2020 Sun, R., Wang, W., Xue, M., Tyson, G., & Ranasinghe, D. (2020). VenueTrace: A Privacy-by-Design COVID-19 Digital Contact Tracing Solution. In Proceedings of the 18th Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, SenSys'20 (pp. 790-791). online: ACM.
    DOI Scopus6
    2010 Zhang, H., Li, Y., Zhang, W., Huang, Y., Wang, H., Yu, X., . . . Zhang, Y. (2010). Optimization for LED arrays to achieve uniform near-field illumination. In L. Yang, Y. Namba, D. D. Walker, & S. Li (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering Vol. 7655 (pp. 6 pages). Dalian, PEOPLES R CHINA: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING.
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Academic Tutor

1400+ hours teaching in 9 computer science courses.

  • Secure Software Engineering - 2021 S2, 2020 S2, 2019 S2
  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals - 2021 S1, 2020 S1
  • Engineering Software as Services II - 2020 S2, 2019 S2
  • Cyber Security - 2020 S2
  • Software Engineering Workshop I - 2020 S1
  • Computer System - 2020 S1, 2019 S1&2
  • Foundation of Computer Science - 2019 S1&2, 2018 S2
  • Software Engineering Project - 2019 S2
  • Artificial Intelligence - 2019 S1
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Security and privacy: How social networking changes with the pandemic? Cyberspace Security Westlake Online Forum Zhejiang University
    2021 - ongoing Security and privacy: How social networking changes with the pandemic University of Queensland
    2021 - ongoing An empirical assessment of global Covid-19 contact tracing applications Monash University
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Program committee Conference Review Australasian Information Security Conference Australia
    2021 - ongoing External reviewer Conference Review Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs 2022)
    2021 - ongoing Program committee Conference Review 5th IEEE Percom Workshop on Security, Privacy, and Trust in the Internet of Things (SPT-IoT)
    2020 - ongoing Program committee Conference Review 14th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies

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