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 13,000 times, and the h-index of my publications is 53 as of Jan. 2021. I am a Fellow of IEEE.

Selected Publications

  • Zhu, Tiantian; Qu, Zhengyang; Xu, Haitao; Zhang, Jingsi; Shao, Zhengyue; Chen, Yan; Prabhakar, Sandeep; Yang, Jianfeng, RiskCog, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
  • 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
  • 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, CCS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security
  • Leng, Xue; Hou, Kaiyu; Chen, Yan; Bu, Kai; Song, Libin; Li, You, A lightweight policy enforcement system for resource protection and management in the SDN-based cloud, Computer Networks
  • Yu, Yinbo; Li, Xing; Bu, Kai; Chen, Yan; Yang, Jianfeng, FALCON:Differential fault localization for SDN control plane, Computer Networks
  • Yu, Yinbo; Li, You; Hou, Kaiyu; Chen, Yan; Zhou, Hai; Yang, Jianfeng, CellScope, SIGCOMM 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM SIGCOMM Conference Posters and Demos, Part of SIGCOMM 2019
  • Li, Xing; Yu, Yinbo; Bu, Kai; Chen, Yan; Yang, Jianfeng; Quan, Ruijie, Thinking inside the Box, 2019 IFIP/IEEE Symposium on Integrated Network and Service Management, IM 2019
  • Zhao, Yao; Xie, Yinglian; Yu, Fang; Ke, Qifa; Yu, Yuan; Chen, Yan; Gillum, Eliot, Botgraph, Proceedings of the 6th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, NSDI 2009