Xiali (Sharon) Hei is an assistant professor in the School of Computing and Informatics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Prior to joining the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, she was an assistant professor at Delaware State University from 2015-2017 and Frostburg State University from 2014-2015. Sharon received his Ph.D. in computer science from Temple University in 2014, focusing on computer security. Her advisors were Dr. Xiaojiang Du (IEEE Fellow) and Dr. Shan Lin.
Her collaborators (past and present) have included Kevin Fu, Zhiqiang Lin, Insup Lee (ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow), Jie Wu (IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow), Oleg Sokolsky, Fei Hu, and Kevin Fu (IEEE Fellow, Sloan Research Fellow).
She was awarded an LA BoRSF CEMC Talent Initiative Fund, an LA BoRSF Seed fund, an NSF ERSCoR fund, an NSF CRII grant, and a Delaware DEDO grant. Also, she earned an M.S. in Software Engineering from Tsinghua University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University. She got several awards such as ACM 2014 MobiHoc Best Poster Runner-up Award, Dissertation Completion Fellowship, The Bronze Award Best Graduate Project in Future of Computing Competition, IEEE INFOCOM and IEEE GLOBECOM student travel grant, etc. Her papers were published at USENIX Security Symp., ACM CCS, IEEE INFOCOM, etc. She is a TPC member of the USENIX Security Symp. , IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE ICC, WASA, etc. She is an IEEE senior member since 2019.