Dr. Mengfei Ren

Assistant Professor, ECE


301 Sparkman Drive
Engineering Building
Room 217D
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Mengfei Ren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering. She received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2023. She also worked in the industry as a software engineer for several years before starting her Ph.D. degree. Currently, Dr. Ren's research interests span software engineering and cybersecurity. Specific areas of interest include fuzz testing with other advanced testing techniques, combinatorial testing, compiler optimization, security of IoT wireless protocol.

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  • Ph.D., Computer Science, the University of Texas at Arlington, 2023
  • M.S., Computer Science, the University of Texas at Arlington, 2013
  • B.S., Computer Science and Technology, China University of Petroleum, 2011

Honors & Awards

  • UT Arlington CSE Cyneta Networks Outstanding Graduate GTA, 2022
  • USENIX Security Symposium Diversity Grant, 2022
  • IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy Student Travel Grant, 2019

Recent Publications

  • Mengfei Ren, Haotian Zhang, Xiaolei Ren, Jiang Ming, and Yu Lei. 2023. Intelligent Zigbee Protocol Fuzzing via Constraint-Field Dependency Inference. In Proceedings of the 28th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS '23). Springer, Cham.

  • Mengfei Ren,Xiaolei Ren,Huadong Feng,Jiang Ming,and Yu Lei. 2023. Security Analysis of Zigbee Protocol Implementation via Device-agnostic Fuzzing. Digit. Threat.: Res. Pract.4, 1, Article 9 (March 2023), 24 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3551894

  • Haotian Zhang, Mengfei Ren, Yu Lei, and Jiang Ming. 2022. One size does not fit all: security hardening of MIPS embedded systems via static binary debloating for shared libraries. In Proceedings of the 27th ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS '22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 255–270. https://doi.org/10.1145/3503222.3507768

  • Mengfei Ren, Xiaolei Ren, Huadong Feng, Jiang Ming, and Yu Lei. 2021. Z-Fuzzer: device-agnostic fuzzing of Zigbee protocol implementation. In Proceedings of the 14th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec '21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 347–358. https://doi.org/10.1145/3448300.3468296