Faculty Directory
Ellick Chan

Adjunct Lecturer


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

Email Ellick Chan


Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences


Master of Science in Analytics Program


Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University, August 2014

Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011

M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011

M.S., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004

B.S., Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (with highest honors), 2004

Siebel Scholarship, 2004


Dr. Chan is a computer scientist and a data scientist who specializes in the use of deep learning and machine learning techniques to solve difficult problems across areas ranging from computer vision to computer security. He has applied his expertise to research new methodologies in detection to include anomaly and threat detection in Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) data. Dr. Chan continually evaluates the latest techniques in data analytics and teaches a class on deep learning at Northwestern University.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Chan performed post-doctoral research at Stanford on methodologies to prevent de-anonymization of medical record data.  For his Ph.D. work, Dr. Chan developed software and algorithms to address many facets of computer security and privacy.  His work included development of computer forensic and recovery tools for analyzing live memory dumps of devices operating on critical infrastructures such as power grid monitoring equipment.  He also identified security vulnerabilities in embedded microprocessor architectures and operating systems running on them.

Dr. Chan has also worked in the software industry on developing malware analysis tools for Windows, Linux-based mobile operating systems; and ARM microprocessor simulation.  He has experience with low-level analysis of ARM and X86 machine code, operating system internals, and analysis of software packages.

Selected Publications

    Chan E, Lam P, Mitchell J.  Understanding the challenges with medical data segmentation for privacy.  USENIX Workshop on Health Information Technologies, August 2013.

    Cui W, Peinado M, Xu Z, Chan E.  Tracking rootkit footprints with a practical memory analysis system.  Proceedings, 21st USENIX Security Symposium, USENIX, August 2012.

    Chan E, Venkataraman S, Tkach N, Larson K, Gutierrez A, Campbell R.  Characterizing data structures for volatile forensics.  IEEE Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensic Engineering (SADFE), 2011.  Best student paper award; best presentation award.

    Chan E, Venkataraman S, Chaugule A, Campbell R.  Forenscope:  A framework for live forensics.  Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), 2010.

    Chan E, Chaugule A, Larson K, Campbell R.  Performing live forensics on insider attacks.  Proceedings, CAE Workshop on Insider Threat, 2010.

    Farivar R, Verma A, Chan E, Campbell R.  MITHRA:  Multiple data Independent Tasks on a heterogeneous resource architecture.  IEEE Cluster, 2009.

    David F, Chan E, Carlyle J, Campbell R.  CuriOS:  Improving reliability through operating system structure.  USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation, December, 2008.

    Chan E, Carlyle J, David F, Farivar R, Campbell R.  BootJacker:  Compromising computers using forced restarts.  ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, October, 2008.

    David F, Chan E, Carlyle J, Campbell R.  Cloaker:  Hardware supported rootkit concealment.  IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, May, 2008.