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 about 14,000 times, and the h-index of my publications is 56 as of Dec. 2021. I am a Fellow of IEEE.

Selected Publications

  • Zhu, Tiantian; Fu, Lei; Liu, Qiang; Lin, Zi; Chen, Yan; Chen, Tieming, One Cycle Attack, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security 16:553-568.
  • Zhu, Tiantian; Wang, Jiayu; Ruan, Linqi; Xiong, Chunlin; Yu, Jinkai; Li, Yaosheng; Chen, Yan; Lv, Mingqi; Chen, Tieming, General, Efficient, and Real-Time Data Compaction Strategy for APT Forensic Analysis, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security 16:3312-3325.
  • Li, Zhenyuan; Chen, Qi Alfred; Yang, Runqing; Chen, Yan; Ruan, Wei, Threat detection and investigation with system-level provenance graphs, Computers and Security 106.
  • Hou, Kaiyu; Li, You; Yu, Yinbo; Chen, Yan; Zhou, Hai, Discovering emergency call pitfalls for cellular networks with formal methods, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc:296-309.
  • Jin, Ling; He, Boyuan; Weng, Guangyao; Xu, Haitao; Chen, Yan; Guo, Guanyu, MAdLens, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing 20(3):1138-1155.
  • Zhu, Tiantian; Qu, Zhengyang; Xu, Haitao; Zhang, Jingsi; Shao, Zhengyue; Chen, Yan; Prabhakar, Sandeep; Yang, Jianfeng, RiskCog, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing 19(2):466-483.
  • Wu, Xiaochun; Hou, Kaiyu; Leng, Xue; Li, Xing; Yu, Yinbo; Wu, Bo; Chen, Yan, State of the art and research challenges in the security technologies of network function virtualization, IEEE Internet Computing 24(1):25-35.
  • Li, Zhenyuan; Chen, Yan; Chen, Qi Alfred; Zhu, Tiantian; Xiong, Chunlin; Yang, Hai, Effective and light-weight deobfuscation and semantic-aware attack detection for powershell scripts, Association for Computing Machinery:1831-1847.