Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Michigan State University
2120 Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226
Office: 2308H Engineering Building
Phone: (517) 353-4379
Department fax: (517) 353-1980
Short Bio: Jian Ren received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Xidian University, China. Currently, he is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. Perior to joining MSU, Dr. Ren was the Leading Secure Architect at Avaya Lab (2000-2002), Bell Lab (1998-2000) and Racal Datacom (1997-1998). Dr. Ren's research interests include cybersecurity, distributed data sharing and storage, decentralized data management (e.g. medical records management), secure cloud computing, Big Data security, cost-aware privacy-preserving communications, blockchain based e-voting and AI security.
Dr. Ren's research has been supported by multiple sources, including National Science Foundation, AFRL, MSU Technologies, Semiconductor Research Corporation and other industrial collaborators. He has secured 10 NSF grants, including the the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2009. In 2020, he was invited and funded by MSU Technologies to commercialize his blockchain based large scale e-voting scheme, in collabortion with a well-known e-voting company.
He served as TPC Co-Chairs of IEEE Trustcom 2014, CSPS 2012, and ChinaCom 2011. He also served as the TPC Chair of ICNC'17 and the General Chair of ICNC'18. He has been the Executive Chair of ICNC since 2019. He has been invited as a Keynote Speaker and Distinguish Speaker for multiple conferences. Dr. Ren is currently serving as Associate Editors of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, and ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks and interim Editor-in-Chief of IET Communications.
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