Prof. CHOW Sze-Ming, Sherman 周斯明教授

Associate Professor (FEAI, MACM, MIACR, MIEEE)
Education: BEng, MPhil (HKU), MS, PhD (NYU)
Research Area: Cryptography, Cyber Security, Privacy
Tel: (852) 3943-8376
Fax: (852) 2603-5032
Address: Rm 808, Ho Sin Hang Engineering Building, CUHK
Email: smchow[@] ie.cuhk.edu.hk


Research Interests

  • Cryptography
  • Distributed System Security
  • Privacy-Enhancing Technologies
  • Privacy-Preserving Big Data Analytics

Courses Taught

  • ENGG 5383 / IERG 5240 - Applied Cryptography
  • IERG 5590 / IEMS 5709 - Advanced Topics in Blockchain
  • IERG 5310 - Security and Privacy in Cyber Systems
  • DSME 6788 - Cyber Security
  • IERG 4220 - Secure Software Engineering
  • IERG 4130 / ESTR 4306 - Introduction to Cyber Security


Dr. Chow joined the Department of Information Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in November 2012 and received the Early Career Award 2013/14 from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. He was a research fellow at the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo, a position he commenced after receiving his Ph.D. degree from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. During his study, he interned at NTT Research and Development (Tokyo)Microsoft Research (Redmond), and Fuji Xerox Palo Alto Laboratory.

His main interests are in Cryptography, Security, and Privacy, with publications in AsiaCrypt, CCS, EuroCrypt, ITCS, NDSS, S&P, and Usenix Security. He served on the program committee of AsiaCrypt in a consecutive of six years, the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS) for four years, and the award committee of The Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies in 2019.

He also served as a program co-chair of CANS, ISC, and ProvSec, and on the program committee of 200+ other conferences including CCS, CRYPTO, CT-RSA, Financial Crypt., ICDCS, Infocom, PETS, PKC, TheWeb, and Usenix Security. He is now an editorial board member of IET Information Security, Intl. J. of Information Security (IJIS), J. of Information Security and Applications (JISA), and SpringerBriefs on Cyber Security Systems and Networks.

He is a European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) Fellow (2019, inaugural), and named as one of the 100 Most Influential Scholars (Security and Privacy, 2018) by ArnetMiner (AMiner).

Recent Selected Publications

  • Xiuhua Wang* and Sherman S. M. Chow. Cross-Domain Access Control Encryption: Arbitrary-Policy, Constant-Size, Efficient. IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P) 2021.
  • Sherman S. M. Chow, Katharina Fech, Russell W. F. Lai*, and Giulio Malavolta. Multi-Client Oblivious RAM with Poly-Logarithmic Communication. IACR Advances in Cryptology - ASIACRYPT 2020.
  • Jiafan Wang*, Minxin Du*, and Sherman S. M. Chow. Stargazing in the Dark: Secure Skyline Queries with SGX. Database Systems for Advanced Applications (DASFAA) 2020.
  • Harry W. H. Wong*, Jack P. K. Ma*, Donald P. H. Wong*, Lucien K. L. Ng*, and Sherman S. M. Chow. Learning Model with Error - Exposing the Hidden Model of BAYHENN. International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) 2020.
  • Tao Zhang*, Huangting Wu*, Sherman S. M. Chow. Structure-Preserving Certificateless Encryption and Its Application. The Cryptographers' Track at the RSA Conference (CT-RSA) 2019.
  • Sherman S. M. Chow, Alexander Russell, Qiang Tang, Moti Yung, Yongjun Zhao*, and Hong-Sheng Zhou. Let a Non-barking Watchdog Bite: Cliptographic Signatures with an Offline Watchdog. IACR Public Key Cryptography (PKC) 2019.
  • Russell W. F. Lai*, Raymond K. H. Tai*, Harry W. H. Wong*, Sherman S. M. Chow. Multi-key Homomorphic Signatures Unforgeable Under Insider Corruption. IACR Advances in Cryptology - ASIACRYPT 2018.
  • Russell W. F. Lai*, Christoph Egger, Manuel Reinert, Sherman S. M. Chow, Matteo Maffei, and Dominique Schröder. Simple Password-Hardened Encryption Services. USENIX Security Symposium 2018.

*CUHK students or alumni