Assistant Professor of Computer Science



Office: Stager Hall 550 College Ave

I am a first year assistant professor of computer science here at Franklin and Marshall College teaching the CPS 242 "Computer Organization" and CPS 379 "Mobile Application Development."  Having recently finished my Ph.D. at the college of William and Mary under the advisement of Dr. Qun Li, my research focus is in digital privacy and security.  Specifically, I focus on these topics on smart mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.  In the future I hope to expand my research interests to security and privacy in the new Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm.  For more information on my research, feel free to read some of my recent publications.

Schedule (SP 2017)

Office Hours    Mon / Tue / Wed    10:00 - 11:30    Office: Stager 231

CPS 242    Mon/Wed    8:30 - 9:50        CPS 379    Mon/Wed    2:30 - 3:50
CPS 111 Lab    Fri    1:30 - 4:30

If you would like to meet with me outside of these times to get help with class, or just to talk about computer science in general, please email me so we can set up a time to meet!


Kyle Wallace, Kevin Moran, Ed Novak, Gang Zhou, and Kun Sun Toward Sensor-Based Random Number Generation for Mobile and IoT Devices. In the IEEE Internet of Things Journal 2016.

Zhengrui Qin, Yutao Tang, Ed Novak, and Qun Li MobiPlay: A Remote Execution Based Record-and-Replay Tool for Mobile Applications. In the Proceedings of IEEE/ACM ICSE, 2016. (Acceptance rate: 19%)

Shanhe Yi, Zhengrui Qin, Ed Novak, Yafeng Yin, and Qun Li GlassGesture: Exploring Head Gesture Interface of Smart Glasses. In the Proceedings of IEEE INFOCOM, 2016. (Acceptance rate: 18%)

Yafeng Yin, Qun Li, Lei Xie, Shanhe Yi, Ed Novak, and Sanglu Lu CamK: a Camera-based Keyboard for Small Mobile Devices. In the Proceedings of IEEE INFOCOM, 2016. (Acceptance rate: 18%)

Hao Han, Shanhe Yi, Qun Li, Shen Guobin, Yunxin Liu, and Ed Novak AMIL: Localizing Neighboring Mobile Devices Through A Simple Gesture. In the Proceedings of IEEE INFOCOM, 2016. (Acceptance rate: 18%)

Daniel Graham, Gang Zhou, Ed Novak, and Jeffery Buffkin A Smartphone Compatible SONAR Ranging Attachment for 2D Mapping. In the Proceedings of IEEE IOT Journal, vol. 2, no. 6, 2015.

Nancy Carter, Ed Novak, Cheng Li, Zhengrui Qin, and Qun Li Graphical Passwords for Older Computer Users. In the Adjunct Proceedings of ACM UIST (Poster), 2015.

Ed Novak, Yutao Tang, Zijiang Hao, Yifan Zhang, and Qun Li Physical Media Covert Channels on Smart Mobile Devices. In the Proceedings of ACM UBICOMP, 2015. (Acceptance rate: 23%) Won "Honorable Mention for Best Paper" Award at Ubicomp (Acceptance Rate: 5%).

Zijiang Hao, Yutao Tang, Yifan Zhang, Ed Novak, Nancy Carter, and Qun Li SMOC: A Secure Mobile Cloud Computing Platform. In the Proceedings of IEEE INFOCOM, 2015. (Acceptance rate: 19%)

Ed Novak and Qun Li Near-Pri: Private, Proximity Based Location Sharing. In the Proceedings of IEEE INFOCOM, 2014. (Acceptance rate: 19%)

Xiaojun Zhu and Fengyuan Xu and Novak, E. and Tan, C.C. and Qun Li and Guihai Chen Extracting Secret Key from Wireless Link Dynamics in Vehicular Environments. In Proceedings of IEEE INFOCOM, 2013. (Acceptance rate: 17%)

Ed Novak and Qun Li Security and Privacy in Online Social Networks - A Survey. Technical Report: WM-CS-2012-2, 2012.