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Xin Lou

I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Infocomm Technology and Engineering Clusters at Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). Meanwhile, I am an Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC), a research center established by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) in Singapore. I am also the research affiliate at the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) at UIUC. I received my Phd degree from Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR and B.E. degree from Department of Telecommunication Engineering, Sichuan University, China.

Address:

SIT@NYP Building, 172A Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, Singapore 567739

Office: (+65) 65925037

Advanced Digital Sciences Center, 1 Create Way, #14-02 Create Tower, Singapore 138602

Office: (+65) 65917762

E-mail: lou.xin[at]singaporetech.edu.sg

lou.xin[at]adsc-create.edu.sg; xlou[at]illinois.edu

louxin86[at]gmail.com

Research Interests

  • Cyber-physical system

  • IoT

  • Deep learning for sensing and computing

  • Nonlinear optimization

  • Distributed algorithms

Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore, 2022-now.

  • Senior Research Scientist, Illinois at Singapore, Singapore, 2022-now.

  • Research Scientist, Illinois at Singapore, Singapore, 2019-2021.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Illinois at Singapore, Singapore, 2016-2018.

  • Research Assistant, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, 2012.

  • Research Engineer, Illinois at Singapore, Singapore, 2011.

Publications (Names with * are students or research staff who worked directly with me for the publication)

  • Conference

  1. Hanyu Zheng*, Zhenwei Ng*, Pengfei Zhou*, Xin Lou, David Yau, Marianne Winslett, Detecting Cyber Attacks in Smart Grids with Massive Unlabeled Sensing Data, IEEE SmartGridComm, 2022.

  2. Yuqing Zhu*, Sridhar Adepu, Ying Yang*, Kushagra Dixit and Xin Lou, Adversarial Attacks and Mitigations on Scene Segmentation of Autonomous Vehicles, accepted, the 8th Workshop On The Security Of Industrial Control Systems & Of Cyber-Physical Systems (CyberICPS), in Conjunction With ESORICS, 2022.

  3. Weili Yan*, Xin Lou, David Yau, Ying Yang*, Ramadan Saifuddin*, Marianne Winslett, A Stealthier False Data Injection Attack against the Power Grid, IEEE SmartGridComm, 2021.

  4. Ramadan Saifuddin*, David Yau, Xin Lou, Reliability-Security Trade-Off for Distributed Reactive Power Control in Transactive Grid, IEEE SmartGridComm, 2021.

  5. Ying Yang*, Xin Lou, Binbin Chen, Marianne Winslett, and Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, Identifying Failing Point Machines from Sensor-Free Train System Logs, IEEE International Conference on Big Data (BigData), 2020.

  6. Xin Lou, Cuong Tran*, Rui Tan, David Yau, and Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, Assessing and Mitigating Impact of Time Delay Attack: A Case Study for Power Grid Frequency Control [pdf], The 10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS), CPS-IoT Week 2019.

  7. Xin Lou, Cuong Tran*, David K.Y. Yau, Rui Tan, Hongwei Ng, Tom Zhengjia Fu, Marianne Winslett, Learning-Based Time Delay Attack Characterization for Cyber-Physical Systems, IEEE SmartGridComm 2019 - Workshop: AI in Energy Systems (Invited Paper) [pdf], 2019.

  8. Linshan Jiang*, Rui Tan, Xin Lou, and Guosheng Lin, On Lightweight Privacy-Preserving Collaborative Learning for Internet-of-Things Objects, The 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI) , CPS-IoT Week 2019.

  9. Linshan Jiang*, Xin Lou, Rui Tan, and Jun Zhao, Differentially Private Collaborative Learning for the IoT Edge, The 2nd International Workshop on Crowd Intelligence for Smart Cities: Technology and Applications (CICS), co-located with EWSN'19.

  10. Chaojie Gu, Rui Tan, Xin Lou, and Dusit Niyato, One-Hop Out-of-Band Control Planes for Low-Power Multi-Hop Wireless Networks, IEEE Infocom, 2018.

  11. Xin Lou, Rui Tan, David Yau and Peng Cheng, Cost of Differential Privacy in Demand Reporting for Smart Grid Economic Dispatch [pdf], IEEE Infocom, 2017.

  12. Xin Lou and Chee Wei Tan, Convex Relaxation and Decomposition in Large Resistive Power Networks with Energy Storage [pdf], IEEE SmartGridComm, 2013.

  13. Chee Wei Tan, Desmond W. H. Cai, and Xin Lou, DC Optimal Power Flow: Uniqueness and Algorithms, IEEE SmartGridComm 2012 Workshop-Architectures and Modeling for the Smart Grid (Invited Paper), 2012.

  14. Chris Y. T. Ma, David K. Y. Yau, Xin Lou, and Nageswara S. V. Rao, Extended Abstract: Markov Game Analysis for Attack and Defense of Power Networks, Int'l Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS) (Industrial Track), 2012.

  • Journal

  1. Prakhar Ganes*, Yao Chen, Xin Lou, Mohammad Ali Khan, Yin Yang, Deming Chen, Marianne Winslett, Hassan Sajjad, and Preslav Nakov, Compressing Large-Scale Transformer-Based Models: A Case Study on BERT, Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 9, 1061-1080, 2021.

  2. Prakhar Ganesh*, Xin Lou, Yao Chen, David K.Y. Yau, Rui Tan, Demin Chen, Marianne Winslett, Learning-based Simultaneous Detection and Characterization of Time Delay Attack in Cyber-Physical Systems, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 12(4): 3581-3593, 2021.

  3. Linshan Jiang*, Rui Tan, Xin Lou, and Guosheng Lin, On Lightweight Privacy-Preserving Collaborative Learning for Internet of Things by Independent Ran-dom Projections , ACM Transactions on Internet of Things, 2(2), 2021.

  4. Xin Lou, Cuong Tran*, Rui Tan, and David Yau, Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, Ambarish Banerjee*, Prakhar Ganesh*, Assessing and Mitigating Impact of Time Delay Attack: Case Studies for Power Grid Controls, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications [pdf], 38(1):141-155, 2020.

  5. Xin Lou, David Yau, Rui Tan, and Peng Cheng, Cost and Pricing of Differential Privacy in Demand Reporting for Smart Grids, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, accepted [pdf], 7(3), 2037-2051, 2020.

  6. Chaojie Gu, Rui Tan, and Xin Lou, One-hop Out-of-band Control Planes for Multi-hop Wireless Sensor Networks, ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, 15(4), 2019.

  7. Xin Lou and Chee Wei Tan, Optimization Decomposition of Resistive Power Networks with Energy Storage, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications [pdf], 32(7):1371-1385, 2014.

  8. Xin Lou, Hongyi Yao, Chee Wei Tan and Jianping Wang, VANDER: Efficient Cooperative Watchdog Monitoring for Lossy Wireless Network Coding [pdf], IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 64(2):702-713, 2015.

  9. Chee Wei Tan, Desmond W. H. Cai, and Xin Lou, Resistive Network Optimal Power Flow: Uniqueness and Algorithms, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems,30(1): 263-273, 2015.

  10. Xin Lou, David K. Y. Yau, Hoang Hai Nguyen, and Binbin Chen, Profit-Optimal and Stability-Aware Load Curtailment in Smart Grids [pdf], IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid,4(3):1411-1420, 2013.

  11. Chris Y. T. Ma, David K. Y. Yau, Xin Lou, and Nageswara S. V. Rao, Markov Game Analysis for Attack-Defense of Power Networks under Possible Misinformation, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 28(2):1676-1686, 2013.

  12. Chee Wei Tan, Desmond W. H. Cai, and Xin Lou, Distributed Algorithms in Resistive Network Optimal Power Flow, invited paper, IEEE Communications Society Multimedia Communications Technical Committee E-Letter, 7(8), 2012.

Funding

  • Estate-IQ: an Advanced AI System for Enabling Smart HDB Estate Services (S$4.98M), Co-PI, funded by Ministry of National Development (MND) of Singapore, July 2021 to June 2024.

  • Attack-Resilient AI-Empowered Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems (S$500k), Co-PI, funded by National Satellite of Excellence in Trustworthy Software Systems (NSOE-TSS) , Oct 2020 to Mar 2023. Please refer here for details.

  • Anomaly Detection in Power System Control Centers and State Estimation (S$1.5M), Co-PI, funded by Energy Market Authority (EMA) of Singapore, Oct 2019 to Mar 2022.

Group

Current members:

      • Dr. Carmen Cheh (Research Scientist @ ADSC, 2022-now)

      • Mr. Zhen Wei NG (Software Engineer @ ADSC, 2022-now)

      • Mr. Qifeng Tan (Software Engineer @ ADSC, 2022-now)

Former members:

      • Dr. Pengfei Zhou (Research Scientist @ ADSC, 2021-2022, Now with the University of Pittsburgh as the Faculty, USA)

      • Mr. Hanyu Zeng (Intern from NUS, 2022/02-2022/07)

      • Dr. Ramadan Saifuddin (Postdoctoral Researcher @ ADSC, 2020-22, Now with SUTD)

      • Dr. Sridhar Adepu (Postdoctoral Researcher @ ADSC, 2021, Now with the University of Bristol as the Faculty, UK)

      • Ms. Ying Yang (Research Engineer@ ADSC, 2019-2021, Senior Research Engineer @ ADSC, 2021-2021, Now with BIGO, Singapore)

      • Mr. Sixiang Wang (Intern from NUS, 2021/02-05)

      • Ms. Shwetha (Intern from SUTD, 2021/06-09)

      • Mr. Prakhar Ganesh (Research Engineer @ ADSC, Co-supervised with Dr. Yao Chen, 2019-2021, Now with NUS for postgraduate study)

      • Dr. Weili Yan (Research Scientist @ ADSC, 2019-2020)

      • Ms. Hui Wen Koh (Intern from SUTD, 2020/05-2020/09)

      • Mr. Yifan Zeng (Research Assistant @ SUTD, Co-supervised with Prof. David Yau, 2019-2020, former Intern from NUS, 2019/07-2019/09, Now with Shopee, Singapore)

      • Mr. Ambarish Banerjee (Intern from IIT, 2019/06-2019/08)

      • Mr. Cuong Tran (Research Assistant @ SUTD, 2016-2018, Now with VNPT, Vietnam)

Professional Activities

Conference chair:

  • Workshop Co-program Chair, IEEE SmartGridComm 2022

  • Organising Co-Chair, AIoTS 2021

  • Publication and Registration Chair, IEEE ICDCS 2020

  • Session Chair, IEEE SmartGridComm 2019

TPC member:

  • ACM e-Energy, 2023

  • IEEE SmartGridComm, 2022

  • IEEE CIT, 2015-2018

  • IEEE CPSCom, 2017

  • IEEE FCST, 2017

  • IEEE HPCC, 2018, 2022

  • IEEE SmartCNS, 2019

  • CTISC, 2020, 2022

  • IMMS, 2018-2020, 2022

  • IFIP Networking, 2022

Editor:

  • Editorial Board of Frontiers in IoT and Sensor Networks

  • Editorial Board of Frontiers in Smart Grid Communications

Reviewer:

  • IEEE LCN, 2022

  • IEEE ICC, 2022

  • IEEE Infocom, 2017-2021

  • IEEE IWQoS, 2016-2018, 2021

  • IEEE ISGT, 2018

  • ICICS, 2019, 2020, 2022

  • WiOpt, 2018

  • IEEE SmartGridComm, 2013, 2019, 2020

  • IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications

  • IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vehicular Technology, Communication, Mobile Computing, Network Science and Engineering, Industrial Informatics

  • IEEE Internet of Things Journal

  • IEEE System Journal

  • IEEE Access

  • Nature Scientific Reports

  • Elsevier Computer and Security

  • IET Smart Grid

  • IET Electronic Letters

Student helper for Sigcomm, 2013

Teaching

I have been a Teaching Assistant at CityU for:

  • CS4284: Mobile Computing (undergraduate level), Spring 2014, Spring 2015

  • CS5284: Mobile Computing (postgraduate level), Spring 2014

  • CS2115: Computer Organization, Spring 2013, Fall 2014

  • CS2311: Computer Programming, Fall 2012