Faculty Directory
Yan Chen


Ph.D. Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA

M.S. Computer Science, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY

B.E. Computer Engineering, Zhejiang University, P.R. China

Research Interests

My research interests are in security, measurement, and diagnosis for networking and large-scale distributed systems. I lead the Northwestern LIST (Lab for Internet and Security Technology). I won the DOE Early CAREER Award in 2005, the DOD (Air Force of Scientific Research) Young Investigator Award in 2007, and the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Awards in 2004 and 2005 with my colleagues. Based on Google Scholar (papers from different authors with the same names are removed), my papers have been cited over 9,000 times, and the h-index of my publications is 41 as of Oct. 2016.  I am a Fellow of IEEE.

Selected Publications

  • Yinzhi Cao, Chao Yang, Vaibhav Rastogi, Yan Chen, Guofei Gu, “Abusing browser address bar for fun and profit - an empirical investigation of add-on cross site scripting attacks”, Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST, (2015)
  • Vaibhav Rastogi, Zhengyang Qu, Jedidiah McClurg, Yinzhi Cao, Yan Chen, “Uranine”, Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST, (2015)
  • Yinzhi Cao, Yanick Fratantonio, Manuel Egele, Antonio Bianchi, Christopher Kruegel, Giovanni Vigna, Yan Chen, “EdgeMiner: Automatically Detecting Implicit Control Flow Transitions through the Android Framework”, Proceedings of Internet Society NDSS Symposium, (2015)
  • Xiang Pan, Yinzhi Cao, Yan Chen, “I Do Not Know What You Visited Last Summer - Protecting users from third-party web tracking with TrackingFree browser”, Proceedings of Internet Society NDSS Symposium, (2015)
  • Chen, Yan; Bu, Kai; Wen, Xitao; Diao, Chunxiao; Zhao, Xun, “Compiling minimum incremental update for modular SDN languages”, HotSDN 2014 - Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM 2014 Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking, (2014)
  • Chen, Yan; Cao, Yinzhi; Shoshitaishvili, Yan; Borgolte, Kevin; Kruegel, Christopher, “Protecting web-based single sign-on protocols against relying party impersonation attacks through a dedicated bi-directional authenticated secure channel”, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), (2014)
  • Chen, Yan; Rastogi, Vaibhav; Qu, Zhengyang; Zhang, Xinyi; Zhu, Tiantian, “AutoCog: Measuring the description-to-permission fidelity in Android applications”, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, (2014)
  • Chen, Kai; Wen, Xitao; Chen, Yan; Zou, Shihong; Huang, Shan, “VirtualKnotter: Online virtual machine shuffling for congestion resolving in virtualized datacenter”, Computer Networks, (2014)